Astra Logue is discovering out the laborious approach that it’s really higher to rule in hell.
After spending a lot of her grownup life calling the pictures round hell’s underworld, the DC’s Legends of Tomorrow black sheep has now left her fiery kingdom for someplace even stranger—the Waverider. Decided to assist John Constantine and the remainder of the Legends use the Loom of Destiny to deliver again her deceased mom, she’s making an attempt her hand at being a hero…form of.
Look, you don’t simply shake off a lifetime of torturing wayward souls and hanging out with demons. And the truth that on daily basis on the Waverider means working alongside the person who destroyed her life…effectively, we will minimize Astra slightly slack, can’t we? Possibly?
That’s a choice all of us can be making for ourselves after tonight’s surprising new episode of Legends, “I Am Legends,” which finds Astra compelled into working for the Fates whereas the remainder of the Waverider crew fend off a zombie assault within the English countryside. It’s a pivotal episode for each Astra and this season’s storyline, with an ending that’s certain to have followers gasping. So, that can assist you put together, we spoke with actress Olivia Swann about how she reacted when she first learn tonight’s episode (don’t fear, there aren’t any spoilers!), what it’s like performing reverse Adam Tsekhman’s Gary and the way she feels about Astra’s current makes an attempt to do proper.
We lastly get one other zombie episode!! Do you’ve got a favourite zombie film?
You understand what? All the horror film style is not my favourite. I am a little bit of a scaredy cat. So truly, my favourite zombie film could be Shaun of the Useless, which is technically a comedy. It is that British Simon Pegg and Nick Frost film. That is about as “zombie” as I can do.
Would you say Astra is an official member of the Legends now? Or does that also stay to be seen?
I’d say it nonetheless stays to be seen. The factor to recollect about Astra is she may be very a lot going out for what she desires, and the wonderful thing about her is that you do not truly know should you can actually belief her, which is all the time great to play. At this level, she desires her mother again and that is sort of the place she’s at, I might say.
I actually wish to like Astra, however she makes it so tough at occasions. Is it laborious taking part in a personality whose defenses are up so steadily?
No, I truly discover it surprisingly straightforward. I feel as a result of she’s written so splendidly effectively by all of the writers, I can play her with out questioning why she’s this fashion. It is sensible for her to be this fashion, having grown up in hell and having the backstory that she does. She is so defensive, and so in opposition to what all these guys are doing. She’s very a lot out for herself, however solely as a result of she was raised that approach. That is all she is aware of. It is all the time good enjoyable to sort of be on the other finish of the spectrum from the Legends. They’re all about teamwork and “Let’s do that collectively!” She’s the other. She’s extra like, “No, let’s maim folks and homicide! I can get the issues that I would like very simply this fashion!” So, yeah, it is actually good enjoyable to try this.
One other factor I’ve come to actually take pleasure in about Astra is she has an amazing bodily presence on the Waverider. The way in which she stands, it’s like she’s closing herself off and holding herself aside from the remainder of the Legends. How did you land on that?
I feel that primarily got here out of nerves from being in scenes with everybody for the primary time. However I feel it does work. There’s like this second you understand, “Oh, I am now with everybody. I wish to be pretty much as good as everybody.” I wish to slot in, but in addition be assured as a result of she’s Astra and she or he does not slot in. I feel that actually sort of displays wanting to slot in myself, but in addition not performing like I slot in.
There are some fairly surprising twists on this episode. With out spoiling them, are you able to describe your response whenever you first learn the script?
I cherished it. I imply, from script to display screen, it is a very intense epic-feeling, cinematic episode. Even simply studying the script, you are sort of scanning by means of it and you are like, “This reads so effectively. It is so fast-paced, a lot goes down.” You possibly can see the stakes are so excessive for everybody, which is basically thrilling to learn and to look at. Seeing what goes down in sure moments, you are like, “You understand what? Sure!”
All of it is sensible in an odd approach, and it is all earned. The stakes are so excessive for all of the characters, you are sort of there with them. I feel Andrew Kasch did an incredible job of directing it as a result of his imaginative and prescient of it’s nice and it got here collectively very cinematically.
You and Amy Louise Pemberton each get to share some fairly great scenes with Adam Tsekhman’s Gary. What’s it like performing reverse him? Do you ever end up simply cracking up?
Working with Adam is wonderful and tough as a result of he’s so absolutely dedicated when he turns into Gary. He has these little moments of ad-libbing, however simply when it comes to just like the sounds that he makes or his facial expressions, that is what will get me essentially the most. I used to be desperately making an attempt to not chuckle as a result of it is simply so great.
I can think about! Simply watching him cracks me up, I can solely think about how laborious it should be to need to act reverse him.
All in the easiest way. It is sort of like, “Oh, you are so humorous, however I shoudn’t be laughing at you proper now as a result of it is not a part of the scene.”
Once we first met Astra, she appeared to wield a whole lot of energy in hell, however that’s all been taken away. How laborious do you assume dropping all of that has been on her?
Oh, extremely laborious. I feel what I cherished in regards to the “Freaks and Greeks” episode was that we had been seeing Astra in a really unnatural habitat for her. She’s used to having a lot energy and a lot management, and dropping that I feel is the place we see her slightly bit susceptible and slightly bit like a fish out of water. Attempting to think about what it should really feel like going from being Boss Hell Demon Girl to all of the sudden not being that anymore. I used to be like, “How do I do this? How do I work out what she’s pondering? How do I work out what she’s feeling?”
To be sincere, it sort of felt nearly unnatural as a result of I used to be so used to her being so assured and so in her personal area and ruling all the things. She detests not being in management after so a few years of combating her approach up the ladder in hell. To have a lot energy, and to lose it immediately, it is horrible.
Do you assume Astra’s opinion of John has modified since she left hell? You study on this episode that he nonetheless actually desires to do proper by her.
I feel Astra’s a really, very tough girl to please. And in the intervening time, her mom remains to be not again, so John has not accomplished what he mentioned he would do, so due to this fact her opinion of him remains to be fairly low. We have got a whole lot of making as much as do, I feel, earlier than all that modifications.
When you, Olivia Swann, discovered your self becoming a member of a group of time vacationers, what’s the primary time interval you’d wish to try?
I feel I might wish to try, like, New Orleans 1920s. You understand, the jazz period. I think about being there felt very totally different, however in my head it was a really vibrant time with free-flowing music, however I am in all probability fairly off. In my head, although, it is a good time.
Lastly, this season is all in regards to the Loom of Destiny. Do you imagine in destiny? Do you assume it’s attainable to vary it?
I imagine all of us have journeys, private journeys, that we go on, and doubtlessly there’s an preliminary vacation spot. However I really feel like our actions and the way we stay and what we do decide should you attain that vacation spot or not, and naturally, the vacation spot you are heading in the direction of might not essentially be the appropriate one. However I do assume we’re in management in a roundabout way of how our life goes. I feel it does change. I imagine in one thing like that.
“I Am Legends” airs tonight on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow at 9 p.m. (eight p.m. CST) on The CW. Go to our official Legends of Tomorrow web page for extra information, options and articles on the Waverider’s journeys.