'Heroism comes in different packages’
“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.
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