'Hero­ism comes in dif­fer­ent pack­ages’

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - WithShan­nonMol­loy

“I have a pol­icy for a lot of dif­fer­ent rea­sons that I don’t ac­tu­ally ever watch back the work I do.

One re­ally in­ter­est­ing side ef­fect to come from that is I have no im­agery of the show that isn’t through my char­ac­ter Karen’s eyes.

I haven’t seen Dare­devil more than twice. I’ve only seen (the masked hero) when Karen has and there’s some­thing kind of won­der­ful in that.

He’s like a ghost. I have no con­crete sense of him.

So in a way, I be­lieve Karen wouldn’t yet con­nect the two (that Matt Murdock is Dare­devil) be­cause I’m ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it as she would and there’s not enough ev­i­dence.

I trust (the pro­duc­ers) to han­dle (Karen find­ing out) with the com­plex­ity it de­serves. On one hand, it’s like, ‘Well that’s great’ but on the other, ‘You’ve been ly­ing’.

What’s in­ter­est­ing this sea­son is we’re ask­ing ques­tions about who de­cides who the hero is, and what’s right or wrong.

Dare­devil has this code about not killing peo­ple – he has bound­aries that he de­cides makes him right and any­one who crosses them wrong. But who’s to say that’s right? All of the char­ac­ters in the show are peo­ple first and then their su­per­hero or su­pervil­lain al­ter ego af­ter. They’re com­plex.

I also think hero­ism comes in dif­fer­ent pack­ages. As a triad, Karen, Foggy and Matt can rep­re­sent brawn and brains and kind­ness, and all the dif­fer­ent ways you can con­trib­ute as a hero.

Karen does things willingly that are some­times out­side of my com­fort zone. An ex­am­ple would be even just pes­ter­ing peo­ple with ques­tions and be­ing nosy or pushy to get her way.

Those are things many young women grow up strug­gling with.

I like that Karen can’t re­sort to throw­ing a punch – she has to beat you with her brain, or she has to trick you or be one step ahead of you.

In a way, even though I’m not play­ing a phys­i­cally strong char­ac­ter, I get to then ex­pand upon her other strengths, which are maybe less tan­gi­ble but just as cool.

I fall down re­ally well too, by the way. I’m great at fall­ing.

I was think­ing about that just the other day [how Karen is so dif­fer­ent to Jes­sica, her char­ac­ter in the se­ries True Blood].

As Jes­sica, ev­ery­thing was new. She was young and she had changed species so things were vi­brant. The world was kind of an open book that she wanted to step into. She had no fear.

Karen is in­ter­est­ing be­cause she wants to ob­serve and un­der­stand be­fore she jumps into the dark­ness. She has her guard up.

DARE­DEVIL

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