Even though over the years actress Evan Rachel Wood has held our attention with her tumultuous personal life, we are eager to see The Ides of March actress as a cowgirl, in the sci-fi drama Westworld. Created by Jonathan Nolan (younger brother of Christopher Nolan and co-writer of Interstellar) and his wife, Lisa Joy, the television series is a remake of the 1973 movie of the same name. With a star cast, which includes Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris, the plot is based on a machines vs humans premise. Here the 29-year-old actress talks about the new show and how she coped in the Western setting.
Let’s talk about the show
It’s based on Michael Crichton’s 1970s film, but it’s really just the premise–this is a complete re imagining. Instead of focusing on the humans being terrorised by robots gone haywire, it’s flipping that on its head and it focuses more on the hosts, as we like to call them, and what would that be like if they were trapped in a world they thought was real.
The show focuses more on the hosts than the film did?
Yes, and they raise questions about how you measure feeling and suffering–but when you think about it, what is consciousness? We don’t really know. That’s one of the many things we tackle on the show.
Your mind state after appearing in the show?
I genuinely started questioning my own reality. There was at least one moment I remember very specifically on set, when I was kind of scared, just thinking: I honestly don’t know anymore. I realised that our DNA and computer code really isn’t that different. And computer chips in our brains are not all that far away.
How was it working with Jonathan and Lisa?
They are the smartest people I know–so gracious and down to earth considering they are absolute geniuses. What they’ve done with the show–I’m just in awe of them every day.
With bustles and long frocks, Dolores has quite a different style to yours.
You know, it was funny, because I’m such a tomboy. But one thing I love about Dolores, which you will see more of, is that she is the quintessential beauty, but she’s also a farm girl. She’s a cowgirl. She’s tough. She’s the one that you can fall in love with. Westworld can give you that experience as well. It doesn’t just have to be sex and guns, you can actually be a knight in shining armour and go save the damsels from the train tracks and fall in love.
Westworld premieres Tuesday at 10 pm on Star World Premiere HD
— Team Indulge