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Interview with Anna Torv of "Fringe" on FOX
Anna Torv (plays “Agent Olivia Dunham”)
April 2, 2009/2:30 p.m. EDT
Anna Torv, Fringe
Moderator: Welcome to the Fringe conference call with Anna Torv. At this
time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. At this time, I would
like to turn the conference over to Elissa Johansmeier. Please go ahead.
E. Johansmeier: Hello, everyone. Thank you so much for participating in
today’s call. Welcome. This is, as Shannon mentioned, the Fringe
conference call with series star, Anna Torv. After a two-month
preemption, Fringe returns to all-new episodes this coming Tuesday,
April 7th at 9:00 p.m. following American Idol. The series will run six
episodes uninterrupted the rest of the season until our season finale on
Tuesday, May 12th. Without further ado, I’d like to just open up the
call to questions for Anna.
Moderator: Our first question comes from the line of Mike Hughes with TV
M. Hughes: Anna, I really enjoyed seeing the soft side of “Olivia” in
this first episode coming back. Kind of tell us as you prepared for that
with these two kids you were acting with here, the niece and then the
boy that was found. Did you do anything special like talk to the kids
ahead of time or anything like that to kind of get to that side of her?
A. Torv: Particularly with Spencer, who plays the younger guy in “Inner
Child” [the episode airing Tuesday, April 7, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT], he
was just like a dream of a kid to work with, and you kind of, I mean, I
don’t know. I hate it when people talk down to children, and he
certainly, I don’t know. I just loved him, actually. I think we got on
really well, and I think it kind of shows in that episode.
M. Hughes: Yes, it does. Yes.
A. Torv: Apart from hanging out, like you would with a normal actor, or
being there when they call “action”….
M. Hughes: Roughly how old is he?
A. Torv: I think he’s 10, 10 or 11.
M. Hughes: One other thing….totally different thing. Yes. Since you were
here last, we got a chance to see the first season of Mistresses on BBC
America, and your role there was fascinating, and I was just wondering,
particularly the romance scenes you had with Shelley Conn, I mean what
was that like to film those scenes?
A. Torv: I don’t know. It was like any romance scenes you film with
anybody. I was blessed with Shelley, who is a beautiful actress and a
beautiful woman, and we kind of had fun. We just went about our business
like you would shooting any other scene, really.
M. Hughes: Okay. Cool. It was fun. Thanks a lot.
A. Torv: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Blair Hagada with E!
B. Hagada: What will we discover about “Olivia’s” past?
A. Torv: We slowly start to discover some – I never know what I can and
what I can’t say – but we start to discover some things that sort of
happened to her when she was really little that she doesn’t really
remember, but they start to kind of – you start to see the stories or
the lives of “Peter” and “Walter” and “Olivia” kind of begin to
interlace a little bit, and you sort of see how their paths have crossed
B. Hagada: Do you think that they could be related?
A. Torv: At this point, no, I don’t think so.
B. Hagada: Do you know who or what “The Observers” are and what the
motivations behind them are?
A. Torv: Do I know who “The Observers” are?
B. Hagada: Yes.
A. Torv: Meaning, where they’re from or what their function…?
B. Hagada: Yes, anything about them.
A. Torv: No, but we’re shooting at the moment the final episode, and
we’re sort of starting to get a little bit. We’re sort of starting to
more of a glimpse into what their function is.
B. Hagada: Great. Thank you so much.
A. Torv: That’s okay.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of David Martindale with
D. Martindale: Hello, Anna. I love the show. You’re really wonderful in
A. Torv: Thank you.
D. Martindale: At my softball game last night, I think I saw “The
Observer” milling around the concession stand, and I was very concerned.
A. Torv: He was at a football game, wasn’t he, not so long ago.
D. Martindale: See, he’s everywhere.
A. Torv: Yes.
D. Martindale: Which do you enjoy more as an actor, and even as a viewer,
when you get to an episode in which “Olivia” gets lots of action,
fighting, gunplay and so on, or when the crazy science elements of the
show take center stage?
A. Torv: I love it when I’m in motion. I love doing sort of the rough and
tumble, running and gunning. I know that when we’re in the Lab, I just
get to be the question machine. I get to watch the boys sort of have fun
at “The Walter and Peter Show,” so that’s, I don’t know, both for
different reasons. I don’t know which would be my favorite.
D. Martindale: Cool. Do you like doing scenes with the cow?
A. Torv: Yes. I don’t get to do that many scenes with Gene,
unfortunately. Usually it’s “Walter” of milking her or “Peter” getting
him in trouble for having her in the Lab.
D. Martindale: Is it just hysterical when this cow is on the set?
A. Torv: Usually when we have the cow on the set, we also have a whole
lot of other animals because we’re in some laboratory, so there’s always
the wranglers that bring her on, you know, sometimes … we’ll have
monkeys or little hairless rats, so it just becomes a menagerie.
D. Martindale: Wow, that’s funny. Thank you so much. I’m going to come
back with more questions.
A. Torv: Okay.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Anna Ben Yehuda with
A. Yehuda: Hello, Anna. How are you?
A. Torv: I’m well, thank you. How are you?
A. Yehuda: Good, thank you. I was wondering how is it that your husband
is not on the show anymore? Did he distract you while he was on the show
or boost your performance?
A. Torv: All the scenes that we had together were kind of like odd
anyway. We were always in dreamscape, so we were always sort of, you
know … not quite sure what reality we were in, so I don’t really feel
like we actually got a chance to really feel opposite each other. I was
always saying, “You’re a ghost,” and he was always saying, “No, I’m
A. Yehuda: Are you happy that he’s not on the show anymore, or would you
rather him stay?
A. Torv: I don’t know. I don’t know really. I don’t know. I guess we’ll
see what they decide to do.
A. Yehuda: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Shane Singh with TV
S. Singh: I have two questions for you. The first one is now that Fringe
is being broadcast in Australia, and I know that you kind of bounce back
and forth between New York and your homeland, how is the reaction there?
A. Torv: Well, it was sort of on for a little while, and then it went
off, and I actually didn’t know that it had gone on again, but I haven’t
been back since we started shooting the show, so I don’t know. I know
that my mom is thrilled.
S. Singh: And what are some of your favorite characteristics about the
character of “Olivia”? What about her do you really kind of like to
A. Torv: I’m trying to think … that she just kind of … her sense of duty.
I like that I play a character where I kind of go to work and I sort of
put her armor on, her dark suits and her badge and her gun, and I like
that … God, I don’t know what my favorite bits are. I don’t know, I
guess her sense of duty, her absolute ability to honor her word, and I’m
S. Singh: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Stacey Harrison with
Tribune Media Services.
S. Harrison: Thanks for talking to us today. I was wondering. The show,
from a viewer’s perspective, it’s been interrupted a few times, and it
can be kind of hard to catch up, but what has it been like
production-wise? Have you had stops and starts, or have you been
A. Torv: No, we’ve been constantly filming. We shot the pilot in Toronto
at the beginning of last year, and then we had like a month where we
waited to see if it was going to be picked up, and then when it was,
we’ve shot, with the exception of like a ten-day break over Christmas,
we’ve been shooting nonstop. Yes.
S. Harrison: One of the things about the “Harris” character, you know,
when he was first brought in, it was sort of mentioned that they had a
history together, he and “Olivia.” It hasn’t been brought up much since
then. Is that something we’re going to see in future episodes explored?
A. Torv: Yes.
S. Harrison: Yes.
A. Torv: And we just, we actually just shot an episode. We actually just
finished shooting an episode last week where we do go a little bit into
the “Harris” character, and we find out what side, you know, he’s on and
what his motivations really are.
S. Harrison: Thank you.
A. Torv: He falls back, yes. I love Michael Gaston [actor who plays
“Agent Sanford Harris”].
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Joshua Maloni with
J. Maloni: Anna, thanks for your time today. I really enjoy the show. I’m
wondering. I know you can’t say a lot about plot points, but looking at
the final scripts and filming the final episodes of the season, what
sort of is your reaction? Are you surprised? Are you excited? Can you
tell us a little bit about sort of, you know, your feelings reading
those final scripts?
A. Torv: Yes, I’m really excited, and things kind of like, I think
because we’re gearing up for the end of the season, we sort of started
to, I guess, things sort of started to get a little bit more cemented.
We shot an episode a little while ago, one of the last ones directed by
Akiva Goldsman [Oscar-winning screenwriter of “A Beautiful Mind” who
wrote and directed the episode “Bad Dreams,” airing Tuesday, April 21 at
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT], and I think that kind of pushes it into a
different direction but not into a different world. It sort of pushes us
a little bit deeper into some of the things that we’ve been touching on,
and we’re shooting the season finale at the moment, and I’m really
excited. I’m excited at the prospect of where the show could go. If
we’re lucky enough to shoot a second season, I think it’s going to be
J. Maloni: I want to follow-up on what one of my colleagues asked you a
minute ago. In terms of the long pauses between the episodes, I know
that personally, as a fan, that I’m going to have to go back and sort of
reference the last episode before we go into next week’s episode a
little bit, but do you think it sort of has stunted the show’s momentum,
or do you think maybe it’s alienated fans at all having these long
A. Torv: I don’t know. I hope not. I really, really hope not. I don’t
know. I think we’re kind of lucky in that if you are following it, there
are things to follow, but if you are just dropping in, I still think
that you’re going to be able to get your head around it. You’ll be able
to grasp where we’re at. I don’t know. That’s the sort of decisions that
are, you know, way above me. And I’ve been on a couple of different
shows that have had really big breaks and then come back, and it hasn’t
affected it at all, and some that it has. So I’m really hopeful that
people, you know, tune back in and go on the journey with us.
J. Maloni: Me too. All right. Great. Thanks, Anna.
Moderator: Our next question is from the line of Ian Spelling with
I. Spelling: Other than meeting your husband on this thing, how different
has the experience, the Fringe experience been versus whatever
expectations you had heading into it?
A. Torv: Gosh, I don’t know. It’s been … I hadn’t done anything quite so
ambitious and so plot-driven before, and when I say that, I mean the
stories and the cases that you’re covering. It’s not what I expected at
all. It far exceeded my expectations.
I. Spelling: [Co-creator/executive producer Alex] Kurtzman and
[co-creator/executive producer Roberto] Orci have said that they’re
gearing up at some point to get “Olivia” and “Peter” together. How eager
are you to see that happen?
A. Torv: A couple of episodes ago, he was chatting up my sister, so I
don’t know how they’re going to resolve that [ laughs], but I certainly
hope they wait until that’s sort of sorted out. [Laughs.]
I. Spelling: Is it something you’re eager to play? Is that something that
you’re interested as an actor in playing?
A. Torv: I think that I don’t know. I think it’s always – I hope that
they sort of stretch it out for as long as possible. I think that’s what
makes it kind of fun when it’s like, “Oh, are they or aren’t they?
What’s going on?” I think there needs to be a few more close calls
before they, you know, start heading down that track, because then
you’ve got to break up and get back together again and the whole bit,
I. Spelling: Good deal. Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Adam Morgan with
A. Morgan: Anna, what’s been your favorite scene to shoot so far and why?
A. Torv: What’s been my favorite thing to shoot so far? See, I never know
what I can say and what I can’t say…. But I shot a scene … you’d think
it would be some big, explosive kind of thing, but we shot a scene
recently that was just in “Walter” and “Peter’s” hotel room, and in it
“Olivia” has just discovered some things about her past and some things
that “Walter” is connected to, and I loved shooting that because it was
the first time that I felt like “Olivia” really inched her way into that
dynamic of “Peter” and “Walter.” She’s been kind of on the outside, and
they’ve got their things to deal with, and she’s kind of wrangling them
constantly. But this sort of like gave me just a little of glimpse into
what could be like having everything, realizing everything is a little
bit entwined. Therefore, there becomes a little bit, just that little
bit more conflict, like really emotional conflict between them, and I
think that’s fun, particularly because these are the three, your central
three. I actually loved shooting that, but I can’t say anything more
because I’ll get into trouble or something [laughs].
A. Morgan: Have you enjoyed shooting in New York, and what are your
thoughts on the potential move to Canada?
A. Torv: I have loved shooting in New York, and it’s the same way that we
felt after we had an amazing crew in Toronto that broke their backs
making the pilot. I don’t know. It’ll be really sad to say good-bye to
all these guys who have put in all of their blood and sweat for this
A. Morgan: Thanks a lot, Anna. I appreciate it.
A. Torv: Thank you.
Moderator: The next question is from the line of Sean Daly with TV Talk.
S. Daly: Hello, Anna. How are you?
A. Torv: I’m good. How are you doing, Sean?
S. Daly: We love the show. I mean, these breaks for my listeners have
been a nightmare, but anyway, welcome back. The scenes between “Olivia”
and “Nina,” those have been great and intense. Are we going to see more
of that relationship between the two of you?
A. Torv: I really hope so. I love Blair [Brown who plays “Nina Sharp”]
and I love the character “Nina,” too. There’s, yes, a little bit more.
We actually had Blair in the FBI for an entire day, which was such a
treat because usually we just shoot these scenes on top of these
buildings, you know. She does all her stuff in one day and then we say
good-bye, but she was hanging about a bit, and she’s a joy to have on
set. But, yes, things sort of start to – things are starting to fray,
and “Nina’s” got a lot of answers.
S. Daly: Also, any thoughts on the first season? We’re rolling towards
the season finale. Any thoughts looking back? How was the first season
for you, and what are you looking forward to in the second season?
A. Torv: I’m looking forward to – I’m really excited to come back with a
little bit of perspective. You know, you’re working, and so you’re so in
it, and your brain – you know, we’re doing ADR for one episode, we’re
doing B Unit work for another, and starting up A Unit on another, so you
constantly have your head over these four things. And it sometimes
doesn’t feel like anything ever gets finished or all completed. I’m
excited to sort of take a step back actually and look at what we’ve done
and sort of plot out where everybody is now at the end of it.
S. Daly: Good. Any thoughts about who should play “William Bell”?
A. Torv: I don’t know. I don’t know. We keep putting names in the hat. I
don’t know. I’m excited to see what way they end up going with that
because he could kind of be – I just don’t know what way they’re going
to go. I’m really, really, really excited … I hope we really do get to
really meet him.
S. Daly: It’s a great show. Again, welcome back. Thank you.
A. Torv: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Steve Eramo with TV
S. Eramo: Thanks for taking the time to do this today. I wanted to find
out, first off, what were some of the initial challenges, acting-wise,
you found stepping into this role? And how have you seen “Olivia”
further grow and develop, as you’ve gone on in the series?
A. Torv: I’m still – I still – there’s an art to it that I haven’t
mastered yet of following the trails, you know, and yet still
maintaining a sense of character, but yet having a focus so totally on:
we need to find this, we need to find that. I haven’t done anything with
such momentum before. That’s been challenging. Also, you are constantly
dealing with different events and different happenings each week,
keeping that in your head and knowing where you’ve been and where you’re
going, that’s been kind of tough.
I think, now we’re getting to the end, I think that it’s taken “Olivia”
a little bit of time to find her place in the world too. I think that
she’s lived – I think she had lived a life that was very systematic,
this is where we go from A to B to A to B, and everything was kind of
neat and ordered and organized, and she knew who she was and where she
was. And I think that’s actually where you met her in the very, very
first couple of scenes in the very, very first episode. I think it took
her a while to kind of get herself back together. And I think, by the
end of this season, that she’s definitely a different person, and I
think that her objectives are different. I don’t know. That wasn’t
really very concise, was it?
S. Eramo: No, I understood exactly what you were saying. In addition to
your work on Fringe, I’m thoroughly enjoying your performance in
Mistresses. If you don’t mind, I just wanted to ask, as far as that
character is concerned, what may be not only with some of the challenges
playing that role, but what maybe did you enjoy most about playing her?
A. Torv: About “Alex”?
S. Eramo: Yes.
A. Torv: I’m trying to think. That feels like a while ago. I have to
think back. I don’t know. I loved “Alex.” She was just so hard in the
S. Eramo: Yes.
A. Torv: I loved that. I loved the beginning of that. I loved that she
was just so self-righteous, so harsh, like “I don’t want you” and then
inevitably ending up having her heart kind of broken.
S. Eramo: Right.
A. Torv: Also, that was a nice little journey. It was like a nice little
“gimme,” a six-episode arc, and you knew where she was going, so you
could plot that out. You could be as harsh as you wanted knowing that
you were going to get softened up in the end.
S. Eramo: Listen, again….
A. Torv: I thought that was a beautiful series. I mean, Shelley Conn and
Sarah Parish, and Sharon Small, all those women, it was pretty much an
honor to be cast, to tell you the truth.
S. Eramo: Well, again, I thought you did a great job in the series, I
really did. Listen, continued good luck and success with Fringe.
A. Torv: Thanks so much.
S. Eramo: Bye-bye.
A. Torv: Bye.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Wendy Despain with
W. Despain: Thanks for taking my question. One of the things that I love
about watching the show is all the great computer generated effects.
What’s it like as an actor to be working with all these things that will
be put in later?
A. Torv: It’s kind of like a half done for real, and half done later. We
have amazing special effects guys that do a lot of the practically
[meaning with props, make-up, prosthetics, etc.] so you’ll be looking at
these bodies or these guts coming out and a lot of it is actually done
with prosthetics and actually looks incredible on set. And then they go
and add to it and make it really, really special at the end [by adding
visual effects in post-production], so you’re always kind of a bit
“wow.” Yes, so actually, there’s not that much that you don’t have any
visual stimulus at all for, but a lot of it is a real team effort.
W. Despain: Well, I have to admit that some of them, I just get really
grossed out. Is it something that you have to deal with on the set that,
like, “Wow, that was shocking?”
A. Torv: Yes. Yes, some of it is awful. We have an episode coming up. I
can’t remember which, I’m not sure how many weeks in, but coming up. It
hasn’t aired yet, where there’s a crash, and we end up with these bodies
in the Lab. And we find these things in these bodies, and when you see
that episode, they were really, I mean those bodies were revolting. I
don’t know how the guys actually ended up … actually one of the funniest
things [laughs], this isn’t gross, but regardless of what show we’ll be
working on. I walk into the Lab to do a scene, and we’ve got these three
bodies lying in these body bags that we eventually open, so there are
actors in there. I walk in, and there’s these three young kids lying in
these body bags. One is lying with just a head and hands out reading a
book, totally out of place. [Laughs.] The other has got an iPod in and
blood splattered all over his apron. You’re like, “What is this show?”
W. Despain: Thank you for taking my questions.
Moderator: The next question is from the line of Meredith Woerner with
M. Woerner: Thanks so much for doing this. I don’t know if this has been
mentioned before because I was a little late coming in, but I’m curious
if you talked about, there’s been hints of you possibly having like
clapper superpowers. Will you be investigating yourself? Are there any
more things that were done to “Olivia” that we don’t know about?
A. Torv: We do start to find out what was done to her when she was
little, and we also start to figure out what – I think that the episode
where she turns the light box off, that's been shown, isn’t it? “The
Ability” [episode] when you find out that she maybe has some special
ability” And you start to delve, we do get to delve a little bit into
that, to work out why she has that ability or superpower or if it’s
something that’s been done to her. Yes, we start to. I’m terrible at
these plot questions because I never know how much to give away or not,
so it sounds like I’m being really shifty, but I’m not. I’m just trying
to compute what’s illegal. No, not illegal, but what’s OK to say.
M. Woerner: I totally understand. Also, sometimes it seems like there’s a
pushback at the FBI office against “Olivia,” but yet at Massive Dynamic
[the powerful company run by “William Bell” and “Nina Sharp”], it’s such
a more embracing place for her, especially with the female CEO [“Nina
Sharp”]. Is “Olivia” struggling with gender politics at all?
A. Torv: I don’t know, and they never make any kind of issue about it,
which I’ve been constantly really impressed and happy about it, to tell
you the truth. The most that she’ll ever say is, “Yes, I’m sorry I wear
my emotions on my sleeve sometimes.” But she never says, “Is this
because I’m a woman?” or ever anything like that. I like that that’s not
an issue, actually.
M. Woerner: Me too. I do too, and I look forward to seeing more of your
possible superpowers. Thank you.
A. Torv: Yes. It’s possible.
Moderator: The next question comes from the line of Ramsey Isler with
R. Isler: Hello, Anna. How are you today?
A. Torv: I’m very good. Thank you.
R. Isler: I was wondering if we’re going to see a follow-up story on
A. Torv: I’m sorry. You kind of cracked up a little bit when you were
asking that. Could you ask again?
R. Isler: Are we going to see a follow-up story on “Olivia’s” stepfather?
A. Torv: Not yet, no.
R. Isler: I guess my next question is, what was your favorite episode so
A. Torv: My favorite episode?
R. Isler: Yes.
A. Torv: I really loved filming “Bound” when she gets kidnapped, and then
she wakes up, and they’re giving her a spinal tap, and she wakes up and
breaks out. That was just so fun because it was so clear and concise,
and it was just on the move, on the go. She gets out. Then “Harris”
arrives. Then she was trying to find vials that she’d hid away. It was
just bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. I found it really easy to follow, and
it was kind of energetic, and I really loved filming that.
R. Isler: Thank you very much.
Moderator: The next question comes from the line of Troy Rogers with the
T. Rogers: Hello, Anna. How are you?
A. Torv: Good, thanks. How are you?
T. Rogers: I’m great. With the press release for this episode, it says
there’s a resurfacing serial killer. I’m just wondering. Can you tell us
anything about how he displays at least one of the bodies, because it’s
A. Torv: Because it’s what did you say?
T. Rogers: He does it publicly, doesn’t he?
A. Torv: Yes. He calls himself “The Artist” and he sends invitations to
his artwork, which are always displayed in public places, kind of really
T. Rogers: Yes, it sounds interesting.
A. Torv: Yes.
T. Rogers: You also mentioned that you liked the running and gunning
aspects of the thing. What parts of the science do you like?
A. Torv: I love the stuff that delves into moral and ethical dilemmas,
like what people’s boundaries are, what’s appropriate and what’s not.
How far do you go in order to find an answer. And particularly with the
“Peter,” “Walter” and “Olivia” dynamic, it’s always changing. Each week,
one will be a little bit more gun-ho about wanting to get to the bottom
of it no matter what it takes. That's probably the bit that I like the
T. Rogers: Now also is there anything about “Olivia” you don’t like or
would like to see evolve over time?
A. Torv: I would love … and I don’t know where they’re going, so this is
purely conjecture … I love – and actually that ties in with your other
question with the science stuff – I love it when it really is fringy
science. One of my favorite little bits was really, really early on
where “Peter” and “Olivia” are going, and they find this girl strapped
to a gurney, and “Olivia” runs off. “Peter” is on the phone to “Walter,”
and he’s getting phonebooks and speakers trying to pump this girl’s
heart back up, and using kind of what’s around. And, I like “Olivia”
when she becomes a little renegade, when it’s kind of not by the book,
and she goes, “I’m going to do it this way.” I like it when she gets a
little not quite as straight-laced as she is most of the time.
T. Rogers: Just one more quick thing, a little off topic. I wanted to
know what was it like shooting The Pacific with Spielberg and Hanks?
A. Torv: I only had a little tiny part in that, and I had been in the
U.K., and I went back to Australia to do it, so it was lovely. We shot
it in Melbourne, but I didn’t get to – I think the guys, all the boys
had just an absolute ball because they all got to go and do boot camps
and they were out and about. But I did all of my stuff on a sound stage.
T. Rogers: That’s going to be fun. I can’t wait to see that.
A. Torv: Yes.
T. Rogers: Thanks a lot.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Daniel Fienberg with
D. Fienberg: Thanks for doing this call. Going back to what you were
talking about earlier about sort of the long duration and hoping people
come back. Without spoiling anything, what you use as a pitch to bring
people back into the show?
A. Torv: Well, I think, particularly if you have been watching it, we
really do start to pull ideas from previous episodes and things start to
come together, and not necessarily the way that you would expect them
to. You definitely feel the momentum of the show coming to a climax, and
if you’ve been watching, you’ll like it. And I think it only gets
D. Fienberg: How about if you haven’t been watching, what would you say
to bring someone in who just has been skipping it so far, but can they
still get in now?
A. Torv: Yes, absolutely. Now is your chance, right? Well, it’s still
sticking very much to the original plan for the show. I know that J.J.
[Abrams, co-creator/executive producer] has been saying this for ages.
This is absolutely a show that you can just start watching. You’re going
to catch up. Like, the first episode back, you’ll catch up. You’ll
understand who everybody is. Usually there are a couple of different
layers, there’s the overarching mythology and little ongoing bits and
pieces that come in. But then there’s also a story that’s just for that
particular episode, so I don’t think it’s something that you have to
watch all the time. If you’re just tuning in, or if you’re a previous
viewer, I think you’ll enjoy it. That’s a terrible pitch [laughs].
D. Fienberg: You gave it a shot. Thanks a lot.
Moderator: The next question comes from the line of Brian Gallagher with
B. Gallagher: I was just curious if there are any new guest stars we’re
going to be able to see in these last few episodes, and also, do you
guys have any plans for Comic Con this year?
A. Torv: We just did a Comic Con not so long ago in New York, which was
great fun, and I’m not sure when the other one, when the next one is.
But hopefully, if we’re still on the air and we’re invited. And
recurring characters that pop up, well, “Harris” [played by Michael
Gaston] comes back. I love “Harris.” I think he’s a really cool
character, and we find out a little bit more about him, and also “David
Robert Jones” [played by Jared Harris] kicks back in, who is the
scientist that we met in the German prison who escaped. We see a little
bit more of him.
I’m trying to think who’s recurring that has already appeared. That’s
all I can think of.
B. Gallagher: Also guest stars that might be notable?
A. Torv: Who have we had come in? I can’t think. I’m so sorry.
B. Gallagher: No worries. Thanks a lot.
A. Torv: Sure.
Moderator: Alyse Wax of Fearnet.com, your line is open.
A. Wax: Sorry about that. My line cut out. Now Lost has kind of gotten
really wrapped up in itself, and it seemed to have, you know, pardon the
pun, lost its way. Is Fringe going to get that confusing, or will we …?
Moderator: Ms. Wax, please re-queue in. One moment, please. Please
continue, Ms. Wax.
A. Wax: I don’t know how much you heard, but Lost has seemed to kind of
gotten lost in itself. Is Fringe going to get so caught up in itself
that you kind of feel like you’re lost in a web, or is the whole
storyline plotted out?
A. Torv: I don’t know how much of the storyline is plotted out, but I
know, and I’ve said that before, and I say that because I know that the
guys creating this show are adamant about it not getting totally
convoluted and have been from the start. I think that was part of the
game plan in the beginning is that we would manage. And I think that we
are managing really well to kind of straddle that procedural and
serialized drama so that if you miss an episode, you’re not going to be
A. Wax: Great. Thank you.
E. Johansmeier: Thanks. Thanks, everyone, for your time today. That’s all
the time we have with Anna. We so appreciate you being on the call
today, and thanks very much. If you have any questions, you can always
give me a call. Thanks so much.
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude our conference for
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