Westworld actress Aurora Perrino on this twist in time – The Hollywood Reporter


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[This story contains major spoilers for the fourth episode of Westworld season four “Generation Loss.”]

When Aurora Perrino graced herself World of the Wild WestOn the red carpet of the fourth season premiere at the end of June, she was the only one of the show’s new cast to speak to the press.

In a way, the actress, who plays the character known as C, and whose connection to one of the HBO show’s main storylines was revealed at the end of episode four, was a human spoiler, as were her fellow moms. But with her introduction in the third episode and reveal on Sunday night, Perrineau’s role is now in the spotlight.

Living in the desert among a group of human rebels preventing Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) from establishing a new world order, Xi searches for a way to find his father, Caleb Aaron Paul, and a supposed weapon to use against humanity’s new overlords. .

With the arrival of Bernard Geoffrey Wright and Luke Hemsworth Stubbs, C defies his desert family’s fears and skeptically follows the host and his human friend to a location where they discover a weapon that could supposedly stop Charlotte. What – or who really – lies underground reveals Xi’s true identity and hints at her potential role in what is now a literal free will battle.

Perrineau spoke to Hollywood Reporter at the show’s premiere and then again before Sunday’s episode about joining Western world family, her big turn of character, and what’s next for the people fighting Charlotte.

What was it like for an actor to step into the universe Western world where is this approach to telling stories about a Russian doll?

To be honest, it was a little easier for me than I thought because my character felt a bit detached from all those storylines so I felt like I could go a little deeper into it and it comes from more of an emotional place rather than from analytic. place. I think it was really helpful for me. I felt sorry for everyone else who said, “Well, this connects with that, and this connects with that.” (laughing)

How much did you know about your character’s real identity on the show?

Nothing. I didn’t know anything. I get the scripts before every episode – you get them right before the episode and then you shoot. So it was always a surprise. On my first episode, I was like, “Oh, I’m working with Jeffrey Wright and Luke Hemsworth.” It’s fucking cool.” It turned into “OK, cool, I don’t know who this girl is, but this is fun.” Then I got the script for four people when we were filming, which was a big surprise. Had no idea. I called one of the producers and said, “Wait, I’m Aaron’s daughter?”

So, your characterization of her has been formed since the fourth episode.

Yes exactly. I had an idea of ​​what my own backstory was for myself, which I came up with for three, and then when I got the script for four, it sprang to life what I was already feeling in my mind. But it also gave me even more sense of why I do what I do, which was very helpful for the rest of the season. It’s nice to know that’s why you’re doing these things and not just making a random guess.

Your character was clearly young when her father Caleb disappeared, and as this episode ends, we see not only your present, but also the world that Charlotte has built. C is here without a mother. Will we get an explanation this season why she’s not there?

Yeah, so you’ll see what the whole situation is with all the rebels and why we’re all there and what happened. You will see some kind of backstory going on.

How much she knows about her father’s fate, especially in light of the shocking “weapon” Maeve they are unearthing.

I don’t think she knows anything. It’s like what she said [Bernard]: no one believes that there is something here, and I don’t even know if I believe that there are weapons there. I just know that I think my father is there and that’s my main goal. She did not know. She heard those rumors and they all heard those rumors. It looks like an urban legend about what happened in this place. So I think for her, she was just going there to see if her father was there. It’s a shock to her when she sees that the weapon is a woman she may have seen as a child and doesn’t really know, for example: “What is this weapon? I think that’s probably what’s going on.”

This episode really got me hooked. Western world storytelling style, playing with time through Caleb’s revelation. You know when your character in relation to other storylines?

To be honest, I don’t even have an answer for you. They keep me in the dark so as not to spoil anything. (laughing)

Your band of desert rebels is the only vision of flesh-and-bone humanity that the new world of Charlotte has. And the show always explores the theme of what it means to be human. How do you think the Rebels will expand this this season?

I think the through line of the show is this idea of ​​free will. I think our group is definitely made up of people who still have this mindset about free will and what that really means, and therefore they don’t want control. You will continue to see that this will be their goal. It’s just representative of what the show has always been about, it’s just that now it’s a bit different from what free will is and who it’s for.

C is the first of her group to meet the characters Luke and Geoffrey, and despite such a tense introduction, she is the most trusting of them all. What does that say about who your character has become in this new world?

When I read three, I hadn’t read four yet, so I think I trusted, but not that much. As soon as I read four, I thought, “Okay, you do everything you can for love, right?” We all do things that maybe aren’t the most sensible and I think she’s definitely retained a lot of who she was as a child, which is to say, she’s very tough. But in the end, she has Bear-Bear, and Bear-Bear needs light. There’s a part of her that is still a child because she had to grow up so fast, and I think that’s part of the reason – I wouldn’t say she’s so open to what’s going on, but she really wants something. And I think that when you really want something, sometimes you do things against your better judgment. I think she might be here. Her team doesn’t want it as much as she wants it.

When your character decided to trust Bernard, it obviously made a big difference, as everyone else was basically saying, “We need to take them down immediately.” In general, you can’t always trust who you see, or what you see, and who controls this show. So does your character really trust him and how will he fit into their plans?

Nobody trusts Bernard at this point in time – I don’t even really trust Bernard. I just want something from him. So I think it will be interesting to see how it develops for everyone in the rebel group, for him and for me.

I saw a group of you – Jeffrey, your new castmates – taking selfies on the carpet a couple of weeks ago, it’s very sweet. I believe you all became friends a little. What was it like working with Geoffrey, working with other original actors and a new team?

He was so good to me and I felt like he was my best friend on set. He definitely had my back, which was nice when you come to the show. I think he just knows everything so well. He just comes and knows what’s going on and he does it. You feel that you can follow the leader along with him, and this is nice. I guess working with all the OG people – let’s just say (laughing) was really amazing and they were all very welcoming. But having a rookie team was nice, because we were drawn together by the fact that none of us knew anything, and we were all like, “Is this normal? Are we doing it right? It was fun. What a big, big family.

Can we expect you to work with actors outside of the desert?

I definitely work with Geoffrey and Luke and it’s been amazing. Then two of my others, obviously, as you saw in the selfies, look like Daniel Wu and Angelina Morningstar. I think they are just amazing. I had a great time with them. We really bonded because we were so hot and we were in the desert and me and Morningstar had to kiss when it was 100 degrees outside. We’re just so sweaty and disgusting and we just say, “Well, we’re just going to get in,” and now we’re best friends. I see her every time she comes to LA or when I’m in New Mexico. We’re going to have a really fun journey together on the show and I’m excited for people to see it.

Your group, unlike the rest of the actors, works in a very dry place outdoors. This is not the steel, coolly staged situation. What was it like being among the elements?

I definitely expected the current situation (laughing), but for me it at least really added to it Crazy Max the war dog situation where it feels like we’ve just been here trying to do this thing and fight it. I think it really helps that we were hot and sweaty. You feel really hard and you feel bitter there. Meanwhile, you just go to your trailer after that. (laughing) But you definitely understand that you feel like you’re really into it, and perhaps experience what it would be like to live that way.

You also mentioned Morningstar, who plays Xi’s partner. The show loves to explore, including through Caleb and C’s family relationships, how the characters are forced to make choices and what lies at the core of their humanity. Will the romantic relationship between your two characters be about that?

I don’t know if this explores too much. When I first read it, it was like, “OK, it’s a bit like that kind of relationship,” but I think as it goes on, we’re yin and yang for each other. We both keep each other cool because I think we’re both a little ready for action at any time. I think that’s why they have fun together. They have a very sweet relationship.

What do you most want viewers to see in C and what can they expect from the rest of the season?

I think to see the development of what she’s trying to get to, what she’s getting to and what she’s really fighting for. I’m really excited that they’re going to see her humanity because I think when you watch this, you kind of wonder why she’s behaving a certain way. We’re going on a big, big adventure with her, and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m going to explore a lot of things that I haven’t explored in any other character before.

The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Western world new episodes air on Sundays on HBO.

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