Priscilla Quin­tana OF ‘PAN­DORA’ ON THE CW

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY JAY BOBBIN

You hadn’t done much sci-fi be­fore “Pan­dora,” with guest shots on such shows as “Lethal Weapon” and “Mas­ters of Sex,” so how well have you adapted to the fan­tasy genre? I joke, “Wow, you just threw me in the deep end and told me to learn how to swim!” It’s so much fun, though. The show re­ally re­volves around the re­la­tion­ships be­tween the char­ac­ters be­cause they’re kind of com­plex and what the show fo­cuses on.

Jax (Quin­tana’s “Pan­dora” char­ac­ter) fits re­ally well in this uni­verse, be­cause we don’t re­ally know if she’s hu­man or some­thing else. We’re re­ally build­ing this from the ground up as we go, with noth­ing that came be­fore it to ref­er­ence, and I think that makes The CW the per­fect plat­form for the show. It’s re­ally a lot of fun. Hav­ing now done it for “Pan­dora,” what do you think about act­ing in front a green screen that adds spe­cial ef­fects to a shot? I watched Natalie Port­man’s “Mas­ter­Class,” and she says that green screen is just the purest form of act­ing. Not only are you play­ing make­be­lieve with the re­la­tion­ship with the per­son you’re act­ing with, you’re play­ing make-be­lieve with what you’re sup­posed to be see­ing and hear­ing and feel­ing. I was a lit­tle ner­vous about it, but I re­ally like it a lot more than I thought I would. One of your big­gest ac­tion roles be­fore “Pan­dora” was op­po­site Paula Pat­ton in the 2018 movie “Traf­fik,” which has been mak­ing the pre­mium-ca­ble rounds. How was that pro­ject for you? That was in­tense. They ac­tu­ally cut all my parts from that! It hap­pens some­times, but that was a very gru­el­ing shoot.

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