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May 17 2009

"I'll do cold and British if you let me do morally troubled and lonely". Olivia Williams speaks to Sci Fi UK about her role as Adelle DeWitt in Dollhouse.

Outstanding interview, she has that role down pact!

Thank you, Simon.
Mean to post this the other day. Can't remember why I forgot.
Did you fall asleep?
For a little while.
If you like.
Would you like a massage?
b!X tries to be his best.
Meant to post this the other day. Can't remember why I forgot.

b!x, don't tell me you falling asleep at the switch?!
b!x, don't tell me you falling asleep at the switch?!

I was going for shoulder to the wheel and slipped?

Meanwhile, on the interview (oh, right, the interview!), I like her choices for implanted personality traits.
Plus, she's hotter than sin. Those British actresses always swoon me....I'll be in my bunk.
I'm currently at uni in Aberdeen and don't get sci-fi but I'll be moving back to parents home on sat 23rd for the summer where I will get sci-fi. Therefore I'll miss the first epidode and was wondering if anyone knows if sci-fi will be repeating Dollhouse on another day of the week.
Their schedule search has other showings, but inconveniently leaves out the day in the search results.

ETA that I've asked them via Twitter. They are @SCIFI_channel if you or anyone else needs to ask them anything.

[ edited by The One True b!X on 2009-05-17 21:38 ]
More Adelle is one of the very best parts of a second season of Dollhouse.
As far as anybody who loves film is concerned and whenever I'm cast or have an interesting interview it will be because the person is a Rushmore fan.
That's just so nice to hear. And Dollhouse is also renewed! (Yes, late to the party as always) The world turns out to be a fair and just after all.

And Jason Schwartzman was only fifteen years old when he played in Rushmore? Unbelievable!
Yes, Olivia as Adelle is indeed spectacularly acceptable.

One hopes that making a Hollywood movie was substantially different from being kidnapped by aliens - in several crucial ways.

Love that she referred to the younger Jason Schwartzman as "gorky" - gawky and dorky, I'm thinking...
So, that makes him a big "gork".

Woohoo! I've got a new word.
I'm now wondering what animal would make "gork" sounds.
Edit: Now, I mean now.

[ edited by Pretty_Hate_Machine on 2009-05-17 22:42 ]
"I turned down a couple of other series because the circumstances were wrong. Shooting in Hawaii was one of them. I can't imagine spending eight months of every year in Hawaii."

^ I found that really interesting. It sounds like she was up for a role in LOST at one point. Can anyone confirm or deny that?
Derf: you at RGU or AU?

Suppose I need something on topic. Good interview.
I'm now wondering what animal would make "gork" sounds.

My darling little cat-daughter, who's been puking her toenails up all evening?
IcedFlame, When I read Hawaii I thought Lost straight away as well. Of course there are other shows in Hawaii, but there is only one that would be using a British accent...
Was she up for the role of "Charlotte"?
My darling little cat-daughter, who's been puking her toenails up all evening?

My days of wondering about "gork" sounds are over. Possibly forever.
David Brin's The Postman was indeed a good SF novel. It had a serious message which potentially could have translated into film. The ability of ordinary people to communicate with each other at a distance and pass on news is essential for any democratic form of government. Control of information empowers tyrants both petty and great.

Same message as another movie we are familiar with, come to think of it.
I'd expect she was up for the role of Penny. Depends what year it was.
Derf: you at RGU or AU?


At RGU studying Accounting and Finance.
I'm sorry to be a disappointment, but I was a sci-fi virgin before this experience. The only way I knew Joss Whedon's name was because there was something on after Buffy the Vampire Slayer that I used to want to watch, so his name was the last thing I saw emblazoned on the screen.


Anyone know what show that would have been? Just out of curiosity.


Q: If you could have specific skills or personality traits implanted in your mind, as in Dollhouse, what would they be?

A: Patience. A huge chunk of the Dalai Lama's personality.


The idea of imprinting someone with the Dalai Lama amuses me greatly.


I turned down a couple of other series because the circumstances were wrong. Shooting in Hawaii was one of them. I can't imagine spending eight months of every year in Hawaii, I don't know if I could face that.


Did Olivia turn down a role on Lost?


Did you fall asleep?

zz9 | May 17, 20:56 CET

For a little while.

Pretty_Hate_Machine | May 17, 20:57 CET

Shall I go now?

The One True b!X | May 17, 20:57 CET

If you like.

Anuris | May 17, 20:59 CET

Would you like a massage?

Pretty_Hate_Machine | May 17, 21:04 CET

b!X tries to be his best.

gossi | May 17, 21:05 CET


You guys crack me up.


Love that she referred to the younger Jason Schwartzman as "gorky" - gawky and dorky, I'm thinking...


I think I am in love with this woman.
Very good interview, and I'm approximately giddy with the notion we'll get to enjoy another season of her as DeWitt.
Not sure which role Olivia would have passed up on Lost, but just a little tidbit I learned the other day from this EW video via Wikipedia is that Kristen Bell was originally slated to play Charlotte, but turned the role down to portray Elle Bishop on Heroes.
I like who we got as Charlotte on Lost. Much as I love Kristen Bell, I'm glad that role went to a hot red-headed Brit (and Bell was fun as Elle...even when the first half of Season 3 of Heroes got ridiculous, she was one of the things I had no problem sticking around for).
So what's she referring to when she says she thought it was cool what she got to do around episode 8 or 9? In episode 9 we find out about her using Victor - but I've heard that that was in the original pilot. So is there something else that happened then? Or maybe something got cut? Or has she just got her timelines a litte mixed up?
The Miss Lonelyhearts story was not in the original pilot. It was a leaked casting side, that basically depicted a scene from ASITHOL. Very differently, of course.

Speaking of... now that the season's over, we can talk about those casting sides, right? Now, the only scene that we didn't get to see in any capacity till now was the one... oh, wait... now that I think of it, maybe we shouldn't talk about it.
Thanks wiesengrund. I never read the script but someone in another thread said that the Miss Lonelyhearts story was originally in 'Echo'
OMG, we have our new "you mean, there's a connection between Ben and Glory?" (top of thread). ;)
I certainly hope so, because every time that line comes up it confuses the hell out of me and makes me paranoid...
"But he [Joss Whedon] said it's also extremely necessary for her to have an observable subtext of being morally troubled by what she does,"
I find this interesting because I don't know that I have actually seen any signs of this in Adele.
I may just have to go back and watch the entire series again to see.
I find this interesting because I don't know that I have actually seen any signs of this in Adele.

I think "A Spy in the House of Love" and "Haunted" both emphasized this undercurrent in her character nicely. When she cries for Dominic and when she cries for Margaret she cries because of the implications of the technology, she cries because of what that technology does to her relationships.
"OMG, we have our new "you mean, there's a connection between Ben and Glory?" (top of thread). ;)"

Now Hold On Just A Second.

Are you trying to suggest...

that there's some kind of link...

between Ben and Glory?

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