It's a mad, mad, world for Felicia Day on Netflix's revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Already well established in fan culture as the creative mind behind The Guild and Geek & Sundry — and her work as an actor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Supernatural, Eureka and the aforementioned The Guild — Day now steps into the role of villainess on the movie riff series.
As Kinga, Day is the daughter of Mad Clayton Forrester and granddaughter of Pearl Forrester. But instead of simply basking in her eeeevil lineage as a third-generation supervillain, Kinga has her own plan to make a buck as an inevitable master of all profit-making media (along with her own lackey, Max, aka TV's Son of TV's Frank, played by Patton Oswalt). Of course, that plot involves subjecting Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) to cheesy movies.
"I like the fact that she's not organically evil, but is trying to live up to a legacy of evil," said Day in a recent interview. "She’s a different kind of Mad, a Mad mad."
Day said series creator Joel Hodgson developed the character to be a kooky, out-of-touch-with-reality "girl-child" with delusions of grandeur.
"She is very insecure, doesn't have a lot of self-confidence, and is overcompensating in a lot of ways," added Day. "Her grandiose plans are only happening because she's surrounded by yes-people."
Meanwhile, Kinga also has something her predecessors never did: a story arc, and something of an emotional journey. Over the course of 14 episodes, Day's character is evil and cruel yet bonds with the clone of her grandmother, has a bit of a love affair (two, if you count her ratings stunt proposal) and even expresses some nuanced reactions to villainy, since she has no personal grudge against Jonah — but she does need a subject for her experiment.
Day joined me for a podcast to discuss Kinga's character on MST3K and her novel brand of evil villainess. She also shares her thoughts on what it's like to be called "too pretty" to be a Mad, the kind of comedy challenges she faced while filming the show — and the "intimidating" experience of singing a song written by the composer of Frozen in a sequence with Neil Patrick Harris!
In a bit of a tease, Day also talks about what's next for her career after "rebooting" her life and rediscovering her passions.
Finally, what may be in store for Kinga in the future?