Guest Star Goodness Q&A: Thora Birch Previews Her Role on Colony
Itâ€™s not like Will didnâ€™t suspect Katie before. Phyllis’ private meeting herÂ earlier this seasonÂ caused him concern and even Jennifer accused Will of being the leak. So when Quayle confirmed Willâ€™s suspicions, we knew Will was going to do anything he could to help Quayle get out of the bloc. Of course things donâ€™t always go as planned, so instead of allowing Proxy Synder or the Transitional Authority to get their hands on Quayle, Will kills him. Even though Synder questionsÂ Will and Beauâ€™s version of events, Willâ€™s secret, and by extension his family, is safe â€” for now.
“Zero Day” episode description, from USA Network:
Will comes up with a plan to get his family out from under the Occupation. Throwing a wrench in his best-laid plans, Katie and Broussard attempt to rekindle the fire of resistance by joining forces with a new cell.Â In a bold political move, Proxy Snyder fights to protect his office. Later, Maddie corners her boss in a precarious predicament.
While I’m apprehensive yet cautiously optimistic about Will’s plan, I’ve been waiting weeks for Thora Birch to make her debut. EP Ryan Condal teased her arrival a few weeks ago during a press call. He said: “Most of our guest cast has been introduced, but in the latter third of the season we will introduce a couple of new characters that play on more of the resistance side of the equation, one of whom is Thora Birch. [She’s]Â an absolutely wonderful actor, a terrific person and a great get for us on Colony. Weâ€™re very excited to introduce her character, Morgan, to the show and have everybody see into a little bit of a different corner of the world.”
What do we know? Thora playsÂ Morgan, a laid-back software engineer with a conscience.
Thora Birch talked to press earlier this week. She introduces her character, gives us a little more information about Morgan and hints at what we can expect in the last two episodes of Season 1.
How did you come to get this role?
Thora Birch: “So the script just appeared in my inbox one day. It was, ‘Hey, take a look at this part. Take a look at the show.’ I saw that Carlton [Cuse] and Ryan were involved and I was completely, immediately interested.
Getting into the script, itâ€™s one of those things where it seems really simple, like, ‘Oh, itâ€™s an invasion. Los Angeles is completely cordoned off.’Â The further you get into it, the more elaborate it gets. But at the end of the day itâ€™s still a family drama and I love that. I love that itâ€™s still about an emotional, real house of people. So it has this huge, high concept but itâ€™s still all about people.”
How did you prepare for this role?
Thora: “I donâ€™t have a lot of experience in the whole tech world, but I responded to my characterâ€™s determination to have an impact and to make her presence known in one way or another. She’s the complete package. Sheâ€™s got the know-how and sheâ€™s got the balls to pull off some amazing stuff.”
What more can you tease about your character and how’s she’s going to fit into the show?
Thora: “Iâ€™m not 100% completely clued in as my characterâ€™s trajectory either, but she is working on the resistance side of things. She is not a collaborator. Sheâ€™s definitely a resister. And her journey is only just starting. These two episodes that youâ€™re going to see this week and next week, itâ€™s only the beginning.
It is a recurring role. Sheâ€™s playing a part in a major operation that wraps up the season really nicely and leaves the audience really wanting more.”
What do you believe this cell can accomplish?
Thora: “Ttâ€™s a trifecta of skill sets. So youâ€™ve got me as a software engineer. You have an Avionics guy, and you have even more of a tech person. So we really are a unit. Without going into what happens too much, Iâ€™ll just say that probably our characters could not exist outside of each other. We rely on each other big time.”
Edited for space and content.
Based on this sneak peek — and where things have been heading for weeks — next week’s Season 1 finale is gonna be intense:
Colony airs Thursdays at 10/9c on USA Network.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Catching Up with Ted Lasso and Previewing Season 2
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] The not so dirty little secret about how I approach a new series is that I sometimes make a call based on the headspace I’m in at the time. It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a show after the first season and then binge…
Interview: Henri Esteve on Grown-ish Season 3
An interview with Henri Esteve, who plays Javi on Freeform’s Grown-ish. He talks about his season three experience.
For All Mankind Season 2: Talking with Wrenn Schmidt, Krys Marshall, Jodi Balfour, and Sonya Walger [Exclusive]
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the hooks of For All Mankind is that it’s very much a story about the women of NASA. In Season 2, we explore the journeys of the women in the program, either through their own service or through their family affiliations. Four of those…
Rosy McEwen Talks The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Season Finale [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers for the season finale episodes.] How’s everyone after that finale? I will freely admit I got a little misty in episode eight as John told Sara why he loved her, and later that he wanted her despite what he might forfeit, and then at the end when he…
Rosy McEwen Talks The Alienist: Angel of Darkness [Exclusive]
Hands down, one of the best surprises of The Alienist: Angel of Darkness is that the serial killer this season has been front and center alongside the cast as a fully-formed character. We’ve watched Libby Hatch devolve from a prim, mild-mannered nurse to a woman in a rage hell-bent on…
The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Relationship Recap: John and Sara
[Warning: Spoilers for “Belly of the Beast” and “Memento Mori”] If you’ve read me for a while (thank you!), you know two things — I lean way, way in on the characters I adore and I loathe love geometry arcs. So, I’m torn about where we are and where we…
Louriza Tronco Talks The Order Season 2 [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Season 2.] The Order’s second season is dark yet delightful entertainment on many levels, and one of its biggest sources of joy and snark is the sassy Gabrielle Dupres. Last season, she was assertive and deadly and fairly annoyed with the world. This season, she’s been…
Previewing Netflix’s Virgin River
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] Full disclosure: I have a Netflix account for my Mom, but I’m not a regular viewer. If I get a heads up on something, I’ll go look for it, but I don’t have a wander across its offerings, which, as I understand it, is how most…
Final Thoughts From the Killjoys Team [Exclusive]
This is the day of the week I’d normally hit you up with a Killjoys preview, but now that we’ve put the series to bed and released Team Awesome Force into the wild, I have one more treat for you–some final thoughts excerpted from my conversations with the Killjoys folks….
Michelle Lovretta Talks Wrapping Up Killjoys [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers for the series finale.] To quote Miss Jackson, “That’s the end?” Yes, friends, it is. And like I promised you, everything would be, was, and is alright. I went to the Killjoys source, series creator Michelle Lovretta, who wrote the last episode, to break down that delicious finale….
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…