Jenny from the block

From a tech ex­pert in nikita to Jenny the men­tal pa­tient in Sleep­yhol­low, ac­tress Lyn­die Green­wood loves play­ing con­trast­ing char­ac­ters.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TV - By MUMTAJ BEGUM en­ter­tain­ment@thes­

THERE is still no date on when Sea­son Two of Sleepy Hol­low will re­turn to our TV screens (it re­sumes on Sept 22 in the United States). This is kind of dis­con­cert­ing since the last time we saw the se­ries’ he­roes – Ich­a­bod Crane (Tom Mi­son) and Liu­tenant Ab­bie Mills (Ni­cole Be­harie) – one was trapped in a cof­fin and the other was in the Pur­ga­tory.

The se­ries which mixes su­per­nat­u­ral el­e­ments and some­what fic­tional his­tor­i­cal facts with po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions kicked off with Ich­a­bod Crane’s re­turn from the dead.

Ich­a­bod learns that his time in the present day is some­how in­ter­twined with a su­per­nat­u­ral event that Ab­bie and her sis­ter, Jenny Mills (Lyn­die Green­wood), ex­pe­ri­enced when they were younger.

An ex­pe­ri­ence that has left dif­fer­ent marks on the sis­ters – while Ab­bie de­cided to let go of the past, Jenny can’t seem to move past it. In fact, she wants to learn more of what she and her sis­ter saw in the woods many years ago.

Un­for­tu­nately, this lands Jenny in a men­tal in­sti­tute as no one be­lieves a word she said. How­ever, in­stead of break­ing her re­solve about dis­cov­er­ing the truth, liv­ing un­der this type of scru­tiny has made Jenny stronger – both phys­i­cally and men­tally.

Over the course of Sea­son One, the sis­ters fi­nally ar­rive on the same page in their search for the truth. Like her sis­ter, Jenny’s fate is also hang­ing by the thread at the end of Sea­son One – while track­ing down a clue, her ve­hi­cle is shot down by the Head­less Horse­man leav­ing her blood­ied and un­con­cious in­side the over­turned car.

Green­wood, who is born and raised in Toronto, Canada, is per­haps best re­mem­bered as the Bri­tish techie in the re­cently-ended ac­tion se­ries Nikita. Sea­son One ended with a great cliffhanger. How much of the end­ing did you know be­fore­hand?

I didn’t know any­thing, so the end­ing was a huge sur­prise to me as well! Read­ing the script was ex­cit­ing and ter­ri­fy­ing (es­pe­cially be­cause of how it leaves Jenny). Any­thing you can tell us about Sea­son Two?

I can’t re­ally tell you much, be­cause I don’t re­ally know too much. How­ever, what I do know, I can’t spoil. Isn’t it more fun that way, any­ways? What was your ini­tial re­ac­tion when you first read the script?

I never ac­tu­ally got to read the pi­lot be­cause I was hired af­ter it was made. I re­mem­ber watch­ing the trail­ers for the show and think­ing, “I can’t wait to see this!” I thought it looked awe­some, and I knew I’d be a fan. Need­less to say, I was very ex­cited when I got the op­por­tu­nity to au­di­tion for it. In just a cou­ple of episodes, your char­ac­ter went from a pa­tient in an asy­lum to a force of na­ture in the out­side world. What was it like to get into Jenny’s GI Jane mode?

I love that, “force of na­ture!” I’ve al­ways loved to work out, so the train­ing wasn’t any more in­tense than usual to get into “Jenny-mode”. One thing that helped me get into the “feel” of Jenny was putting on her wardrobe.

Some­thing about the boots and army vest – they made me stand a lit­tle taller and feel more aware of my body. I’ve been slack­ing over this hia­tus, so I’m busy get­ting back into Jenny-shape now! What do you like about Jenny?

I love that Jenny is an in­tel­li­gent, no-non­sense woman with vast stores on knowl­edge, and a bit of a chip on her shoul­der. She’s got a dry sense of hu­mour, which comes from hav­ing to sur­vive many hard­ships in her life. But, she also is vul­ner­a­ble; the pain of los­ing her sis­ter for all those years sur­faces of­ten, and it’s in­ter­est­ing to see how she tries to hide it. It took me a few episodes to re­alise you’re Sonya from Nikita. What was it like to go from be­ing a com­puter ex­pert to an ac­tion star?

I feel very lucky to have been able to play such con­trast­ing char­ac­ters. I’ve had to ex­plore dif­fer­ent as­pects of my­self. It’s a chal­lenge, and I love do­ing it.

Through look­ing at these char­ac­ters’ dif­fer­ences, I’ve come to see their sim­i­lar­i­ties, as well: they are both strong, smart women. I do miss the ac­cent, though. Did you get any ac­tion tips from Mag­gie Q?

I def­i­nitely learned a lot watch­ing Mag­gie Q, but mostly for her act­ing abil­ity rather than her phys­i­cal­ity. She has a still­ness that I could def­i­nitely use more of. What is it like work­ing with Ni­cole Be­harie and Tom Mi­son?

It’s a blast work­ing with both of them. Of course, they have amaz­ing chem­istry to­gether, so it’s fun to walk on set and be able to be a part of that.

They are both very funny people, but they’re also very pro­fes­sional, and I learn a lot from both of them. A lot of film­ing for Sleepy Hol­low takes place at night, how chal­leng­ing is that? Or is that more fun?

Film­ing at night can be very tricky. For one thing, people are usu­ally very tired, so there’s that to deal with. Also, you’re of­ten bat­tling the light. You need to get all your shots in be­fore the sun rises, and takes the glo­ri­ous dark­ness away.

When you’re in the stu­dio, you can make the light look how­ever you need it to, and don’t need to worry about the sun. But be­ing out­side has a neat feel­ing to it some­times, too: the fresh air, and the sounds of the world at night can add to the per­for­mance.

Full time: Lyn­die Green­wood has been pro­moted to se­ries reg­u­lar in Sea­son Two of Sleep­yhol­low.

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