We’re all the heroes of our own lives, and when we put ourselves in those situations, we always think we’re going to be extremely heroic, but obviously most of us wouldn’t.How would that even be possible to do when you don’t understand what pain, suffering and love are?The fact that I’ve gotten to work with Kristin Bauer [van Straten] so much this season — I always miss her when we shoot seasons and we don’t get to work that much.It’s been great finishing this series side by side with Kristin. Alexander Skarsgård: Not really — it’s not part of the canon like it is in the States.I heard about it when I came to the States, but I only read it a year and a half ago. I’ve always been interested in those Orwellian dystopian novels, like Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World and obviously Orwell’s 1984.
It was really inspiring to see an actor with his body of work — he’s a legend — so curious.
Watching him take direction from Phillip was unbelievable.
To see Jeff Bridges, working on a project that he knows so well, still in that creative space of wanting to collaborate, wanting to learn, wanting to grow and wanting to surprise himself, was really fantastic to see.
Because of the circumstances, there’s no opportunity for that. I found that interesting because if he’s just a robot, then there’s no life, there’s nothing interesting there.
I wanted to feel that this was a human being, a real man who was obviously shaped by this society and the drugs he takes with his morning injections. The Giver, like much of the YA fiction that eventually followed it — The Hunger Games, Divergent — is about making choices and deciding, as a reader, what kind of person you’d be in these situations.
I really liked how we leave Eric at the end of this show.