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April 24 2009

Enver Gjokaj spills Victor's Secrets. Cool interview with Dollhouse's Victor over at E! Online. They have a brand new interview with Fran Kranz as well.

For me, Enver is the discovery of Dollhouse so far. he's totally convincing and he got Roger down to a T, accent and all. Amazing to read that he only got a couple of days prep, usually this involves months of voice coaching.
But then everyone is great.

Where does Joss find them?

ETA: Interesting that Fran suggests Topher is not just one of the tech guys at one of the Dollhouses but that he's the original tech who created the system. Not sure that comes over in the show, you'd think that if that were the case he'd be dealing with the other houses a lot, which we've never seen, and that he'd be more confident. He comes over as a uber brainy IT guy who was hired a few months ago, not the guy who created the whole thing.

[ edited by zz9 on 2009-04-24 18:47 ]
I actually kind of love his answer about how, or whether, he thinks about the moral ramifications about Victor's life in the Dollhouse. That, basically, he just focuses on performing his role, and leaves the rest to, basically, us to debate.
Also, I love the certainty and lack of hesitation in Kranz' remarks about playing Topher as a total jerk with unappealing qualities.
I think it's very true about Topher being so much the genius in a room that he has real trouble relating to people or seeing anything outside the way he's intellectually constructed everything he deals with. In his view, the technology helps people, the Actives have fun, the clients have fun, and Topher's the clever genius who makes it all work. Lines like the one about pain being just your brain talking to you are a big indication of how removed he is from empathy because he sees everything through the science and the mechanisms. I would like to see who he becomes in a long arc as he sees more of the implications of what he does first hand. We've seen him shaken a few times already, but not enough to change him as a character yet.
Yeah, the two-days-before stuff just boggles. You've got to memorize your lines, figure out how to play the character, come up with bits of business and then you're in the middle of the shoot. You do have at least part of the additional eight days of filming to refine things, but still, for some characters, that's astonishingly little time. Enver likening getting Roger's character right to doing a back flip seems on the money. Miss and you've fallen on your face.

Eliza's been compared unfavorably to someone like Toni Collette on The United States of Tara. But Collette is playing the same four characters in every episode, if I understand the premise correctly. I haven't seen it. What Eliza has to do is an order of magnitude harder. I don't think she does as good a job as Enver, who's fabulous, but that could be because he's an unusually quick-on-the-uptake guy. If the actors playing dolls were given a week, or three or four, we'd be getting even more nuanced performances. That said, I think Eliza's getting the hang of it now, I've liked several of her dolls lately quite a bit, and Echo has grown on me.
It was great reading those interviews; Topher and Victor are actually my favorite characters. Enver has done really great with playing all of these different personalities and Topher continues to grow on me, bastard or not. I really hope those characters get expanded on in the future (lord willing there is a future).
Nice interviews. I really like Enver. I've found him convincing as both Doll and Active. Plus, he's gorgeous. My heart breaks when Victor looks at Sierra.
Eliza's been compared unfavorably to someone like Toni Collette on The United States of Tara. But Collette is playing the same four characters in every episode, if I understand the premise correctly. I haven't seen it. What Eliza has to do is an order of magnitude harder. I don't think she does as good a job as Enver, who's fabulous, but that could be because he's an unusually quick-on-the-uptake guy. If the actors playing dolls were given a week, or three or four, we'd be getting even more nuanced performances. That said, I think Eliza's getting the hang of it now, I've liked several of her dolls lately quite a bit, and Echo has grown on me.


I think that is an unfair comparison. For a start they are completely different shows, but also Toni Collette is an amazing, seasoned actress who really got under the skin of each of these characters and how they fell into the puzzle of Tara's mental illness.

Eliza has many more characters to play, but they also don't have to be as distinctly different in my view. However, I think the real measure of whether an actor can play many characters well is whether you can tell what character it is even when they are out of costume. Collette did that very well towards the end of the season, even doing a scene where she played every character in sequence. However, Eliza has done it a couple of times also, including in the most recent episode, and I've been impressed with her acting during those moments.

[ edited by flugufrelsarinn on 2009-04-24 19:51 ]
For me, Enver is the discovery of Dollhouse so far. he's totally convincing and he got Roger down to a T, accent and all.


Enver has been great but that accent wasn't right. I forgive bad English accents though. Spike started out from Derby.
I wasn't sure about his accent either, but I'm American, so frankly he could've spoken with a Latvian accent and I would've guessed someplace in the southern UK. (not that no Americans can distinguish accents--I just cannot, and that's my reason)

At any rate, I adore Enver. I hope he gets Nathan Fillion levels of exposure from Joss's work, because he more than deserves it.
Yum, those were quite tasty interviews. I also loved Enver's take on playing the part and leaving the ramifications to us. And Fran's take on Topher is spot on. Even though he is quite rough on the edges, I like him. :)

Someone mentioned up-thread that because of Topher's behavior they couldn't believe he was the guy who programmed it all. I can see that. It seems that at times the social appearance does not reflect the inner intellect. I actually Fran is playing this part right. His co-workers don't look up to him, nor give him real credit for what he does, but he is "the guy" for the job. If you think about it, why would they keep around an "IT" new-hire with that sort of behavior, give him a beautiful office, and allow him to be an ass? Because he holds more cred than people think.
It's great that we're getting more interviews with the actors on Dollhouse. It somehow makes this show feel more "real", because we're getting to "know" (in the least actually-knowing sense possible, of course) these actors and get more of a sense of what things must be like on set.

As for Enver: yeah, adding my voice to the chorus of love. He really is the biggest discovery on this show. The moments he looks at Sierra in his child-like Doll state are heartbreaking, and his suave Roger was amazing. I love that he can do both tough soldier guy, smooth business guy and innocent child-like persona convincingly and still make all of those parts somehow seem like a parts of a larger whole. The guy's definately got range.

As for Fran Kranz: I actually had trouble with the way he played Topher in the first two or three episodes. Don't know what happened after that though (can't have been that he started getting better, because they shot them out of order, right?), because I totally warmed to his portrayel and Topher's now my favorite character (even though, yes, a total amoral dick).

And yeah, korkster, agreed. It wouldn't make much sense to keep him around and allow him to act the way he does, if he wasn't a certified genious. Now that doesn't mean he is in fact the guy who programmed everything originally (I'm still holding out on the option that maybe Alpha or the original-Alpha-personality had a hand in designing the technology that later ended up ruining his life), but there's no real reason to doubt it up front.
I will add to the love for Enver. I've said it elsewhere, but that "No-one will tell me" line from MotS just rips out my heart and tears it into tiny little broken pieces. Figuratively.
Enver is amazing! He's the David Boreanaz if the Dollhouse for me...But I always assumed that Topher invented the machine...obviously with assistance from the Rossum Corp, perhaps he was a grad student and they used him? What if he and Alpha were college buddies and then Topher took all the credit and wiped Alpha and that's why he's so terrified?

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