Now that Orphan Black is into its third season, we’re learning more about the Castor clones, played by Ari Millen. He talks with Nerdist regarding the shock at the end of last Saturday’s episode and more on Project Castor. Spoilers if you’re not caught up on all episodes.
N: So. At the end of episode two, we saw Seth gets shot and maybe killed. Can you say definitively whether or not he’s dead?
AM: I can’t say anything about that, unfortunately.
N: Well it would be more interesting, I think, if he’s not dead because it plays into the female clones’ vitality as we’ve seen it tested thus far with Cosima and Kira.
AM: Definitely. To a certain extent they’re military born and bred so the vitality and life expectancy of these guys is always something that could be in danger, but I think it’s safe to tease that why Project Castor is so important this season is that they, like Project Leda, have something they’re struggling with and are both interconnected and need each other to solve their issues. So I would say vitality, yes, is going to be a big issue for them. [Castor] has important things to say to solve the pieces of the puzzle.
N: Let’s talk about Seth. What did it feel like when you found out he was going to get shot?
AM: Well if I say ‘he’s my favorite one,’ I know we’ll go to the next clone and I’ll say the same thing. But what I really enjoyed about Seth was how loose he was. When we originally formulated where he was in the pecking order, and made all those little decisions that informed what made Seth Seth, I settled on this looseness. That he was more of a fluid guy, and even though he may not be the smartest, he was a bit of a joker and I really enjoyed [being able to]be a bit of a dummy and roll with the punches trying to keep up with everyone.
N: The relationship between the Castor clones is dynamic and very different compared to the Leda clones. What was it like creating that relationship with them?
AM: That to me is the most exciting part of it. Nick Abraham, my clone double and I, worked with an acting coach during pre-production named Bruce Clayton. Bruce is very much interested in the psychology and the relationship between characters, which was vital for me, because Project Castor was self-aware and grew up together in — for lack of a better term — this wolf pack. In my early-on discussions with Graeme [Manson] and John [Fawcett, the series’ co-creators], what they wanted was this sorta sophomoric or frat-esque dynamic between everybody. When you get a bunch of guys together, hijinks ensue, they’ll take the piss out of each other, but there is an incredible bond between them because they’re brothers. They’re best friends and they are trained with a common goal in mind, so they have this shorthand that men of the military might not have because they are linked so closely.
N: It comes across so well with how we see Rudy react to Seth being shot and how intimately he handled it, which is an interesting juxtaposition to how militaristic they are, too.
AM: I’m an only child so the idea of having a brother or a sister is kind of foreign to me. Bruce was a middle child, though, so he would talk about when [he and his siblings]were fooling around or being dinks with each other and their mother would come in and try to keep them in check. And with one look they’d know exactly what the other meant and would then turn on her and have fun. That’s what I really took from that — I really wanted closeness with them. Because when you grow up in a family you have similar gestures and mannerisms. That said, it was very important for me to find what made them individuals and make their personality theirs. With Seth, we played with him being the runt of the litter and always trying to get Rudy’s approval. Like what we see in episode two, or how pleased he is when he breaks Rudy out in episode one. That’s a big deal for him — he was the runt of the litter and probably got picked on a lot.
N: So the glitching stuff plays out in a very unsettling way. It looks like maybe even Mark is glitching now, too.
AM: I think Project Castor, and the people involved with it, know that there’s something going on, hence the test with Paul. But the extent to which it is, I don’t think anyone knows yet. This is something brand new to Project Castor — even though they’re new to the show, this glitch is new to them.
N: Interesting! That sets up such an imperative thrust for answers. For both of them.
AM: To a certain extent it’s going to be a catalyst for making what Project Castor needs more important. And they’ll become more vicious because of it.
N: They all seem very volatile in a way that feels way more frenetic and unstable as compared to the Leda clones.
AM: And I think you can chalk that up to their upbringing. They were sorta trained to be that and each one has learned to deal with that in a different way, but deep down inside. In season two, with Mark, he’s the stone-cold menace and when you see him with Henrik he’s the complete opposite, he’s a lost boy looking for a father. So Mark might seem like he’s more sympathetic but that’s only because he’s been suppressing certain aspects of his training. So no one can be counted out and unfortunately it’s bred into them so it’s all about how they can control it.
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