Rachel Roth, aka Raven, from DC’s Titans talks powers, dark sides and hanging out with Robin
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“Some key character traits that I honed in on from the comic books were Raven’s sarcasm and dry sense of humour. I also played a lot of her concerns over her powers, about how she doesn’t know how to control them, her anxiety about what she can do and what she can see. Raven can read people’s emotions and she doesn’t understand why it’s happened to her.”
“Rachel’s big struggle is having a literal demon inside her. She doesn’t know quite what it is, or why it’s there. In her reflection, she sees another person. She sees herself, but it’s an evil version, which is a personification of her evil demon. She can’t control it or control reading people’s emotions, and she can’t control her own emotions. Her own emotions have an effect on the world and she doesn’t know why.”
FACE OF EVIL
“In the comic books, Raven’s father, Trigon, was typically drawn with multiple eyes, red skin and horn-like-antlers. For the TV series, “I kept pestering the costume designer and the special effects team about it. I think they did it in an interesting way.”
“Rachel and Dick [Grayson]’s relationship is very mentor/learner. It was very similar between mine and Brenton Thwaites’ [who plays Robin] relationship. Brenton taught me so much about the business and he helped me figure out new ways to reach emotions. He was a really generous person to have as a mentor. And he’s an Australian, too, so we got to bond over that. It was good to have that connection with Brenton, so I could bring that over to the screen.” BC
Titans is now airing on DC Universe in the US and will stream on Netflix in the UK.