The PlayStation TV series Powers has brought in some new faces, chief among them Tricia Helfer.
Best known for her role on the acclaimed reboot of Battlestar Galactica, Helfer has taken on the role of Agent Lange for the second season of the adult-themed superhero drama. (She will also join Lucifer, it was just announced.)
However (spoiler alert!), her big secret was revealed earlier this season: She herself is a "power," the cat-like Lynx.
Blastr recently caught up with Helfer to talk about her new character and more:
What interested you about the show and this role?
I hadn't seen the first season prior to getting it, but they sent me the first two episodes. I was fascinated by the world and this deconstruction of this idea of superheroes as celebrities. They get pumped up but then torn down as well. I found it fascinating that Christian used to have powers, but then seeing him no longer as a superhero, I found that interesting.
Lange, likewise, a big draw for me was the fourth episode where she has the alter ego, Lynx. I am a crazy cat lady myself, so I thought, "Yes, I get to play a cat!"
The show doesn't hold back in terms of content, it's strong stuff at times. What's that been like for you, working on a show like that?
Sometimes limits are good, depending on the eyeballs you want watching. But sometimes it can get so crazy. I remember [on another show] standards and practices coming in and saying, "You can't say that," and the alternative was actually worse. "I don't get it; you can't say this but you can say that?"
I remember being on the set of Powers and hearing f-bombs left and right and thinking, "Oh we can say that? Okay!"
But everything in moderation, right?
What was it like being new to the show?
The cast was very welcoming, which isn't always the case. They were very open and friendly. When I've been on a show I try to be very open and welcoming. As shows go on longer and longer, it becomes a well-oiled machine.
Sharlto [Copley] was great. When characters have a shared history, it's good to be able to talk it out beforehand, making sure it works out on the day.
Superhero films and shows have become huge in recent years. What was it like jumping into that world?
Fans of the genre are rabid, they love the graphic novels and comics. They want everything to be true to what the character was. I didn't know a lot about Lange going into it. I was lucky that Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming were there on the set when I first started. I could go right to the source, which was super helpful.
There's been a lot of talk lately of a Battlestar Galactica movie reboot. Are you following that, or would you like to be involved if possible?
I think the stories about the movie coming have been brewing for a while now. I believe it's a complete reboot, so I don't think it has anything to do with our version of it. If it did, for sure!
It was one of the greatest experiences for me. We're such a tight-knit group, and it would be a joy to go back and shoot some more, if we could.