Last Thursday’s episode of Fringe may have delivered a hefty dose of Bishop backstory but it also offered further insight into that most fascinating of redheads, Nina Sharp. In this interview with TV Addict, Blair Brown gives her reaction to some of the Nina-related reveals as well as taking a look at what is to come, on the Fringe.
Head past the jump to see what Blair has to say.
Last night we finally learned the real behind what happened to Nina’s arm. What was your reaction to learning the truth and did you know all along that Cancer wasn’t to blame for the loss of Nina’s arm?
Blair Brown: Instinctively I just knew that Nina’s explanation was a lie, but I really didn’t want to ask [the writers] because I don’t like to know. I really love the scripts to show up and get to go, “Oh My God this is amazing!” It’s much more fun as a actor to play all the possibilities. Nina is the kind of person, or at least I choose to make her the kind of person who will always pretend to know everything, she just has to be the smartest dog in the room no matter what room it is. So it was very interesting all of a sudden to humanize Nina. I’ve always felt she’s one of those people who pretends to be something colder, cooler than she actually is. So now it’s interesting that this season we’ve started to see much more of her she is as a person and I think over next season we’ll start to understand her profound connection to not only Olivia, but to Peter. Because that goes pretty well unexplained.
It’s very interesting that you say that, because in last night’s episode, myself and fans certainly took note of how genuinely shaken Nina is with regards to young Peter’s death. I don’t suppose there’s any chance Nina’s interest in Peter might be a paternal one?
Blair Brown: I don’t know that that’s out of the question. I don’t know. I always wondered whose mother I am. J.J. [Abrams] tends to play with generational things. So I’m of a generation where… is Peter my child? Well, first I thought maybe Olivia was my daughter. Then I wondered too whether even though we’re led to believe that this was Peter’s birth mother that was at the funeral, was that the case? I don’t know.
Would you agree with J.J. Abrams statement that this upcoming two-hour FRINGE finale will be “richer and better and deeper that what we did last year.”?
Blair Brown: While some would say it’s a mini-movie, I saw it’s a maxi-movie! It’s huge. It’s so complex I literally have read both episodes twice and I’m still not sure I get it.
You can read the entire interview here (contains some spoilers for upcoming episodes).
BB mentions that Nina might be a lot more emotional than she makes out. I totally get that, particularly from seeing her character in “Peter”. There’s no doubt that she’s hardened over the years but I do believe she’s also retained that ‘softness’ – you can see it in her playfulness.
As for the “maxi-movie” finale. Bring it on!