‘Batwoman’ is simply getting began. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Rachel Skarsten about that game-changing premiere reveal, peeling again the layers on Alice, and extra.
Batwoman kicked off with one heck of a premiere. The collection introduced Kate Kane to the forefront, in addition to the opposite characters in her life. One of these characters is Alice, whose dynamic with Kate is far more than meets the attention. Alice is just not your typical villain desirous to take down a hero. She’s Kate’s lengthy misplaced sister, Beth.
HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Rachel Skarsten about the place Alice’s journey is headed after that stunning premiere twist. She revealed that followers are going to search out out “exactly what happened between that car crash at 13 and then when we meet Alice again in the pilot.” Rachel additionally mentioned Alice’s “ultimate desire” and “underlying motivation” in terms of Kate and her father, Jacob. Alice’s Wonderland gang may also be explored and Rachel teased that Alice has “very specific reasons” for selecting her gang members. Check out our full Q&A beneath.
What was your response to the massive reveal that Alice is definitely Beth, Kate’s sister who was presumed useless?
Rachel Skarsten: Well for me, it’s so good that it’s lastly public data that she is, in truth, Beth Kane. It’s been this secret that I’ve needed to maintain them for months and months and months now. I feel it’s truly one of many issues I actually preferred about the way it begins as a result of reveals these days, particularly community reveals which might be competing with cable reveals, they should be daring, they should take dangers and put issues on the road. I like that fearlessness within the writing. We have so many great concepts and so many issues arising on this season that we may give you this large factor and it’s not going to be our type of residence run of the season. It’s simply sort of the primary base. That was actually thrilling and actually fascinating to me that the writers would select to do this. But it additionally opens up for me and my character a lot extra to work with as a result of instantly the viewers understands the motivation for why she does a lot of what she does. Going ahead within the episodes, I can brazenly play with all of these feelings. So I used to be truly actually, actually blissful about it, to be sincere.
We noticed Beth proper earlier than she was in that automobile accident and now we see her as Alice within the current day. There are plenty of years between the previous and the current. Will we get extra of Alice/Beth’s backstory because the season goes on?
Rachel Skarsten: We’ve truly already began to dive into Beth’s and Alice’s pasts and we’re going to grasp precisely what occurred between that automobile crash at 13 after which after we meet Alice once more within the pilot. So by means of flashbacks and thru storytelling, Alice will inform the story from her perspective. We even have two younger characters who had been within the pilot as nicely who play younger Beth and younger Kate, and we’ll flashback to even pre-accident as nicely. I feel that’s additionally actually fascinating. I’ve talked to Ava [Sleeth], the woman who performs Beth within the pilot. I’ve truly watched her on set as a result of, for me, she’s the one who’s creating Beth, and I’ve created Alice, so once I return to sort of inform the story of that, it was actually vital to me to select up on her mannerisms and the way she performs Beth. She’s performed such a superb job. She’s like a 12-year-old and she or he’s wonderful.
What’s it like so that you can discover two very completely different sides to this one particular person?
Rachel Skarsten: I really like taking part in the unhealthy man, however I additionally actually consider that most individuals don’t get up someday and are spontaneously evil human beings. I really feel that these individuals have gotten to that place due to a lot harm and a lot brokenness in their very own life, and it has type of molded and formed them into what they’re within the current day. I feel it’s actually fascinating to return and discover what all these issues had been that made them into the particular person. But then additionally from the attitude of taking part in any character, I discover there’s a redeemable high quality to a nasty man in a present whenever you perceive how they obtained there otherwise you perceive their motivation for doing one thing evil due to their path. Having that redeemable high quality, I feel offers a likability to that character. I all the time liken it to Walt Whitman in Breaking Bad. He was so sensible in making you root for him. Despite the truth that he was doing all these horrific issues, you had been rooting for him.
Alice and Kate’s dynamic is now much more sophisticated. What are you able to say about what it’s going to be like for them going ahead? What does Alice need from her? What is her predominant purpose with Kate at this second?
Rachel Skarsten: I feel Alice’s final need is pushed by love, albeit perverse love at this level. I feel her underlying motivation is all the time her love of Kate and her need to be reunited along with her, in no matter capability or what that appears like for Alice. I feel in the end that’s Kate’s purpose too, and so you’ve gotten these two ladies who’re continuously making an attempt to tug at each other. They need to pull the opposite to their aspect, you understand? Because they each really feel fairly justified within the aspect they’re standing on. But they’re nonetheless very a lot entwined with each other. So it’s virtually this final battle of fine and evil to see which one will win. As a lot as Alice has a vulnerability and a real aspect to her, and Beth nonetheless exists someplace in that character, at the very least in my thought of Alice she undoubtedly does, there’s a darkness to Kate Kane and that exists in all of the characters — Batman, Batwoman, all of them. I feel it’s one of many issues that makes that universe notably scrumptious. The sort of duality in all of the characters. So it’s not like some superheroes the place you assume, “Well, they’ll never be corrupted.” You know, you truly don’t know. Is Alice going to have the ability to get to Kate? Or is Kate going to get to Alice first?
There’s additionally Alice’s father. Will we see them come face-to-face this season or presumably tease what their first interplay is perhaps like?
Rachel Skarsten: Without saying an excessive amount of, I undoubtedly assume that each one the characters will cross paths in some unspecified time in the future throughout this season. The one between Alice and Jacob shall be notably loaded as a result of there exists this duality in Alice. I feel the grown-up model of Alice is extremely indignant at her father and needs a selected kind of vengeance. I feel the Beth that also exists inside her continues to be this very scared, very alone 13-year-old, and simply actually needs to be liked by him. I feel Jacob in some methods presents an analogous downside for Alice that Kate does. You know, to be sincere, it’s an analogous downside that almost all members of the family at one time or one other expertise. It’s that concept of I’m so indignant with you solely as a result of I really like you a lot. I all the time say that hate and love are simply two sides of the identical coin, indifference is definitely the alternative of affection. This rage that Alice feels in direction of Jacob is basically only a deep disappointment stemming from how a lot she loves him. I shall be as as you to see the way it unfolds, however they’ll undoubtedly cross paths.
You performed Elizabeth on Reign and her look was so consuming and so hanging. With Alice, you actually get into character with the make-up and the costumes. What’s that like for you to have the ability to have that factor to remodel into a personality in such a significant manner?
Rachel Skarsten: I feel I truly fairly choose to chameleon into completely different roles. I all the time discover it humorous when actors get very tied to a coiffure or hair colour. I’ve by no means felt that manner. I all the time needed to dye my hair a distinct colour, chop all of it off, put on bizarre make-up, as a result of that’s a part of our job. That’s a part of what we do. Of course, it’s additionally the supply of the way you say your traces and all of that. But to me, your bodily look is likely one of the best instruments in an actor’s arsenal. I’ve actually liked that I’ve been in a position to have these issues. The Reign forged and I, we had been all very expensive buddies and we might exit for dinner or to the bowling alley or what have you ever, and folks would all the time come as much as us and ask to take an image. They would all the time ask me to take the image for them as a result of they didn’t acknowledge me. But I really like that individuals don’t acknowledge me. To me, that’s the best praise. It’ll be fascinating to see if individuals acknowledge me with Alice. But I truly actually like that transformation. I feel it makes my job a lot simpler.
What can we anticipate going ahead from Alice and her Wonderland gang? What sort of methods have they got up their sleeves?
Rachel Skarsten: One of the cool issues about Alice is that her funding, in the end, is in Kate and being reunited with Kate, and her vengeance towards her father. But she additionally has this entire different life that she’s going to create for herself, and we’ve truly began to delve into that. We’ll see her assembling her Wonderland gang, and she or he has very particular causes for selecting the people who she chooses. There is one one who has been introduced into the present who is part of my gang who I can’t say, however this particular person is such an outstanding character actor and I simply love working with them. That’s actually enjoyable for me as nicely and makes me crazier and higher. With Alice, the Wonderland gang is type of in a f**ked up manner her buddies, you understand? Yet they’re all frightened of her, and so we’ll undoubtedly see that’ll develop as nicely.