It is incredibly grounded. Like I said, even though it’s this fantastical world, it’s very much grounded. But I’m certainly a lighter part. It’s not always totally heavy. Just like life, you can have serious things happening and there’s still comedy in it. I would say it’s just an accurate reflection of how life is. You can have heavy moments, you can have moments that are a little bit lighter, you can have times where you laugh, you can have times where you cry, you can have times where you’re angry. It reflects that accurately, I think, tonally.
If you could compare it with other Marvel properties — Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men and such — where would you place it in the spectrum of super-fun comic book hero movie, or grounded and gritty?
I think I would put it in the middle. I would put it in the middle just because there are moments where it’s not just focusing on the parts of their lives that are only heavy and intense — it certainly does — but then there are dynamics within the show, within the characters who work with one another, that are really interesting and provide a little bit of levity. Not in a, “Now we’re on a multi-camera sitcom!” but just interesting dynamics, because we’ve got quite a big ensemble and a lot of different characters, and each character is a very specific character. So when you get these very unique or specific or defined characters and they interact, you get interesting dynamics. Some of them are heavier, and some of them are lighter.
How about your character’s costume — how does she look?
Do we see any interactions between Inhumans and other Marvel characters at any point?
That I genuinely don’t know.
This is a curiosity question, but shooting the first two episodes in IMAX is different in terms of normal TV needs, just because obviously the sets need to be much higher and everything. Did you feel a shift, moving from the first two episodes that were shot in IMAX to the ones that are just for TV?
Yeah. For sure, we felt a shift. I don’t know if that will translate in watching it. Doing the IMAX, the first two episodes, the scope of it was so huge. You’re essentially shooting a movie in like a month. So that was crazy from a crew standpoint and a production standpoint — for the special effects guys, for the visual effects guys, for art department, for all the people that are so crucial. When I say “ensemble,” it doesn’t just mean cast. The whole thing is an ensemble. So it was probably hardest on them, because they’re working their butts off trying to make not just a character-driven movie, but a movie with special effects and all this crazy stuff happening. It was intense. It was a lot. It was a lot for everyone.
After episode 2 — it’s still a lot, it’s still a big show to shoot for TV — but we shoot eight-day episodes. Then it goes into normal. So we did a month for the first two episodes, and then you go into eight days per episode. It gets now into normal TV time, but at first it’s like, “Movie.” “TV.” But visually, I think it will all be the same, so it’ll be interesting to see if that’s felt on the other end, because it was so intense.
Did they need to rebuild the sets or anything? Or did they just shoot it different ways?
Everything stayed the same. It was really more a schedule shift — and maybe people on the crew getting a little bit more sleep. [Laughs] Minimally. But nothing in terms of, “Now we have to go to our TV set.” That’s all the same. Everything’s the same. I don’t know if the audience will ever know that there was a different. It’s probably just from a scheduling standpoint, and trying to cram so much in, and the scope of it.
How big of a scale is it, early on? You wouldn’t shoot in IMAX if it wasn’t big.
It’s big. Visually, it’s really big, yeah. When they say, “It’s going to be unlike anything that’s ever…” I really think it will.
Did those first two episodes feel a little bit more self-contained before kicking off into a more episodic nature of the later ones? In terms of those first two that are filming in IMAX, how different do those feel?
Roel [Reine], the director, is a very strong visual director, so I think seeing the first episodes in IMAX — and I think that’s why it’s great that it’s partnering with IMAX — is going to be such a visual experience. From a shot standpoint, from the sets that they’ve built, from the world, from the costumes, from all of that, and the way that he shoots a scene — IMAX is a good fit for it.
The first two episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans will debut in IMAX theaters on Sept. 1 for a two-week run, and ABC will begin to air the eight-episode series on Sept. 29.
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