Eve Myles talks 'Torchwood'

Wednesday, 06 July 2011 12:00 AM Written by 

eve_myles_blogIn the new season of “Torchwood” (10 p.m. Friday, Starz), human Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and immortal Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) re-team to save the world from Miracle Day, the first day that humans cease to die.

For the new season the show moves from BBC America to Starz and most of the production took place in the United States for the first time.

As the season begins, Gwen is living in seclusion on the coast of Wales. On the surface, she seems to be thrilled to be rid of Torchwood but in a phone interview last week the actress who plays her says that’s just a front.

Read the Q&A after the jump. ...

Q: How has Gwen changed since viewers last saw her?

Myles: She’s the only remaining member of Torchwood left and she’s a wanted woman. When I read [the first episode] I found her quite sad actually, the way she was behaving and what her life had become, living in seclusion, completely self-sufficient, cut off from the outside world and lonely. She sits with her daughter and reminisces about stories of people coming out of the sky. She’s got no one else to talk to because [her husband] Rhys doesn’t want to hear about it. I found it really, really sad. You find her in this very odd place. She’s waiting for that knock at the door, constantly on alert and that is exhausting. She just can’t wait for Torchwood to knock on the door again.

Q: But in the season premiere it seems like she’s glad to be done with Torchwood.

Myles: She says that to Rhys to keep him happy. She never thinks Torchwood is coming back. He says, ‘Your life was hell back then,’ and there’s no point in saying otherwise so she’s just agreeing. She has a quiet life but she’s bored out of her mind. Once that character has lived that life of Torchwood, there’s no going back. You can’t go back to a normal life after that.

Q: What’s the biggest difference between an American production of “Torchwood” and a British production?

Eve Myles: The production value is the biggest difference. There are obvious things like the location [where we shot] is Hollywood, not the South of Wales. … We said if we come back and do another one, we’ll have to tell the biggest story we’ve ever told. It had to top [the last series] ‘Children of Earth,’ not just top it but blow it out of the water and give the fans something extraordinary. Starz has allowed us to tell this story in the best way possible and it looks beautiful.

Q: Which is easier and more enjoyable to work with: the gun or the baby? And how tough is it to handle both at once?

Myles: In that iconic scene where she raises the gun and shoots at a helicopter as she’s walking toward it with the baby laughing his head off, that took about three days to do. Technically it’s very difficult and repetitive. Because you can’t fire a gun in front of a baby, it all has to be done separately [and pieced together in post-production]. We did about 40 shots of that one section because every time the gun is fired it’s not a baby but a doll in my arms. The worst thing in the world is watching an actor carrying a doll [for a baby] and we didn’t want that at all. So it takes a little bit longer time to do but the result is fantastic.

Q: Without giving anything away, does this new season set the stage for another season or does it end with more of a clean slate to build on again?

Myles: There’s definitely a lead-on for more … but it all depends on how well it’s received, if people want more. I’m terrified of the thought of [another season] because it will have to top ‘Miracle Day’ and I’m a broken woman at the moment. I have more bruises than I know what to do with! … But the ending will shock the hell out of you.

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