Fight­ing is the ‘Last Re­sort’

Daisy Betts talks about life as a US Navy lieu­tenant, nu­clear sub­marines, be­ing a good shot and sur­viv­ing in a male-dom­i­nated en­vi­ron­ment

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ABAN­DONED by the coun­try they swore to pro­tect, the crew of a US nu­clear sub­ma­rine be­come fugi­tives af­ter ques­tion­ing a sus­pi­cious or­der to fire nu­clear mis­siles.

The char­ac­ter-driven Amer­i­can mil­i­tary drama se­ries Last Re­sort (Sony En­ter­tain­ment Tele­vi­sion, Tues­days, 8.55pm) cen­tres on the crew of the USS Colorado, a fic­tional US Navy Ohio-class bal­lis­tic mis­sile sub­ma­rine.

Af­ter pick­ing up a US Navy Seal team off the coast of Pak­istan, the crew re­ceive an or­der to launch nu­clear bal­lis­tic mis­siles at Pak­istan. But due to sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the or­der the Colorado’s com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Mar­cus Chap­lin (An­dre Braugher), goes against or­ders and re­fuses to fire, and his de­ci­sion is sup­ported by his crew.

Chap­lin and the crew take refuge at a Nato out­post where they set up a so­ci­ety, be­com­ing the small­est nu­clear state in the world.

Daisy Betts, who plays Lieu­tenant Grace Shep­ard in the show, chats about Last Re­sort, sub­marines and more.

Have you met any­one who has your job in real life?

I have met sev­eral fe­male of­fi­cers to find out what kind of train­ing they’ve been through and how they think. I’ve also chat­ted with men who have told me what it’s like to serve with women in the navy. I also heard an in­ter­est­ing story about this fe­male of­fi­cer who has a can of hairspray close by, and when­ever no one is look­ing she fixes her pony­tail, be­cause she al­ways wants to be per­fectly pre­sentable. As an of­fi­cer in the navy, in a com­mand­ing po­si­tion, it just fas­ci­nates me that she feels the need to do that.

Lieu­tenant Grace Shep­ard also comes from a world where nepo­tism has played a cru­cial role in her ca­reer. Grace’s fa­ther is an ad­mi­ral in the navy and he was one of the driv­ing forces that helped her be­come an of­fi­cer aboard a naval sub­ma­rine. Peo­ple in her life and other crew mem­bers who Grace serves along­side are very judg­men­tal, so she is con­stantly forced to prove her merit as an of­fi­cer. Grace is all about rules and morals and do­ing the right thing.

Did you have to go through any sort of boot camp to pre­pare?

Not of­fi­cially, no. Though I did some boot camp train­ing on my own to get my­self pre­pared for the role. And we have also had some weapons train­ing; we’ve been out to the fir­ing range sev­eral times. It’s not the sort of thing that I would nec­es­sar­ily go out and do by my­self on the week­end but I’m glad to have had the ex­pe­ri­ence. Are you a good shot? I am. I was so proud of my­self. It’s ac­tu­ally re­ally re­ward­ing to see your bul­lets all land in the same spot on the tar­get.

Have you been on a real sub­ma­rine?

I haven’t been on one yet, but I would love to do so if given the op­por­tu­nity. Maybe not un­der­wa­ter, but just to walk through and see it from a tech­ni­cal point of view. We have an amaz­ing set and won­der­ful tech­ni­cal ad­vis­ers who have given us a great space to work in. Our set is slightly big­ger in parts than an ac­tual sub, but there are spa­ces, like the hall­ways, that are ter­ri­bly nar­row and cramped.

You are con­stantly hav­ing to pass through th­ese tight quar­ters, which, as a fe­male sur­rounded by mostly men, can get quite awkward and un­com­fort­able.

It makes for a great deal of sex­ual ten­sion. On the show of course, not on set.

Were you a fan of cre­ator Shawn Ryan’s work be­fore you be­gan work­ing with him?

The women on Last Re­sort all have their own sto­ry­lines – they’re re­ally strong char­ac­ters.

They all have their own bat­tles and it’s not tied in with the men at all, nec­es­sar­ily. Shawn writes women very well. In LA, there’s so many names that get tossed around, so when pilot sea­son comes around and some­one tells you that you could be work­ing with Shawn Ryan, you just sort of nod your head and say: Yup, yup, yup… get me that.

What can be ex­pected from the show?

The main goal of our sub­ma­rine crew is to keep them­selves alive long enough to prove their in­no­cence to the peo­ple in Wash­ing­ton, whose or­ders they di­rectly dis­obeyed. Mean­while, peo­ple are hunt­ing them down and try­ing to kill them. Week to week there will be a new chal­lenge, and it will be­come about the char­ac­ters and not just about the week’s story. The show chal­lenges peo­ple to think: “Who do I be­lieve in?”

What is it like to be in­volved in such a big pro­ject?

The num­ber of years of ex­pe­ri­ence among the cast is huge. I can tell I have so much to learn just by watch­ing the other ac­tors per­form. I have a lot of scenes with Robert Pa­trick ( Mas­ter Chief Joseph Prosser) and we just go head to head; he’s so great to work with and he’s the most amaz­ing char­ac­ter ac­tor. There’s this blur be­tween him and his char­ac­ter. Some­times, when we’re off set or be­tween takes, it can be dif­fi­cult to tell if he’s out of char­ac­ter or not. But ev­ery­one is there for you if you have ques­tions or con­cerns. It’s an ex­tremely sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.

What’s it like to work with An­dre Braugher and Scott Speed­man?

They’re both two very dif­fer­ent ac­tors that have very dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to act­ing. An­dre is very com­mand­ing. He leads the cast off set the way that his char­ac­ter leads the crew on set. And this is per­fectly bal­anced with Scott’s per­sona, which is more ac­ces­si­ble. He’s also very ded­i­cated, and this plays very nicely with An­dre and his ap­proach. And I’m the woman thrown into the mix to make it a big, com­pli­cated lead­er­ship tri­an­gle.

Your char­ac­ter seems very moral- driven. Do you think Grace might have a dark side that she’s hid­ing?

I think so. I think that’s the great thing about all of the char­ac­ters on Last Re­sort. They all seem to be ca­pa­ble of hav­ing mys­te­ri­ous dark sides to them. We’ll just have to wait and see.

CREW CON­TROL: Stars Dichen Lach­man as Tani Tum­ren­jack, Camille de Pazzis as So­phie Gi­rard, Robert Pa­trick as Mas­ter Chief Joseph Prosser, Daisy Betts as Lieu­tenant Grace Shep­ard, Sahr Ngau­jah as Mayor Ju­lian Ser­rat, Daniel Lissing as Seal Of­fi­cer James King, An­dre Braugher as Cap­tain Mar­cus Chap­lin, Au­tumn Reeser as Kylie Sin­clair, Scott Speed­man as XO Sam Ken­dal and Jessy Schram as Chris­tine Ken­dal.

LEADER: Daisy Betts

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