Q& A

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - with CHRIS­TINE ADAMS

BRI­TISH- born Chris­tine Adams made the move to the US about nine years ago. Since then she has trav­elled con­stantly rack­ing up an im­pres­sive CV. Her fea­ture film cred­its in­clude Tron: Legacy and

Bat­man Be­gins, and among her TV ap­pear­ances

are roles on Doc­tor Who, Nip/ Tuck, Lie to Me, CSI: Mi­ami, Push­ing Daisies and a long- run­ning gig

on le­gal drama The Whole Truth. Now she finds her­self in the trop­i­cal sur­rounds of the Gold Coast hin­ter­land film­ing Steven Spiel­berg’s di­nosaur

romp Terra Nova, play­ing rebel leader Mira, who Adams gets to flesh out and has more go­ing for her than at first meets the eye. Q. How hard has it been work­ing and liv­ing on the Gold Coast? A. It’s re­ally so hideous; rough­ing it down on the beach [ laughs]. Se­ri­ously, it’s been great. And in a way the ge­og­ra­phy and scenery here is like a char­ac­ter in it­self. It’s not green screens, it’s real. And as ac­tors, it re­ally helps if you’re in those places. If you’re phys­i­cally stand­ing at the foot of a huge wa­ter­fall, it’s easy to get to where you need to be [ men­tally]. A lot of the time these sorts of shows are so stu­dio- based and you don’t get that real sense of it. It’s quite pal­pa­ble in our show. Q. Give us a glimpse be­hind Mira’s war- paint. A. Well, let’s just say she’s not nec­es­sar­ily the bad­die. That’s the nice thing about a lot of the

char­ac­ters in Terra Nova, they are quite am­bigu­ous peo­ple. They have their rea­son for do­ing things and it’s al­ways shift­ing and al­ways mess­ing with you. When we read the scripts we go, ‘ What? Hang on, hang on, I thought . . .’ It con­stantly plays with the idea of what is good and bad and right and wrong, and peo­ple walk­ing that line. Q. Do you get a say in how Mira de­vel­ops?

A. One of the things that hap­pens a lot in tele­vi­sion with strong fe­males is they tend to be one- di­men­sional. They can be strong but they can’t be any­thing else and ob­vi­ously that’s just not true. So that’s one thing I al­ways tend to push for gen­er­ally and which we’re get­ting with Mira. What I’m re­ally happy about is she has many di­men­sions; she’s a leader, she’s some­what re­luc­tant, she’s got very real rea­sons for do­ing what she’s do­ing, but she’s also a per­son, a wo­man and she has feel­ings. It’s im­por­tant to have that com­plete spec­trum in a char­ac­ter, other­wise you’ve got oned­i­men­sional peo­ple with guns. Mira is find­ing all this stuff which is re­ally in­ter­est­ing and un­ex­pected and I think the au­di­ence will kind of fear her but also re­spect and un­der­stand her. Q. As the leader of the Six­ers, she also gets to play dirty now and again? A. Yeah, she’s a skilled markswoman. She’s pretty much a gen­eral bad arse. But as any good leader will tell you, she doesn’t have to get her hands dirty un­less she needs to.

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