Blair Brown reflects on “The End Of All Things” and teases what’s in store for Nina and Jones when Fringe returns March 23.
How early in this season did the producers make you aware of this imposter Nina lurking around, infiltrating Olivia’s life?
B.B.: When this script arrived…No one ever sits us down and says ‘How about this?’ and we go ‘Okay!’ You know, emails fly off to the writers: ‘So, does this mean…’ or ‘Should I play…’ But it’s usually in very short phrases and we get it done. That’s the joy of it! I think initially we had trouble with the idea of ‘How can I play this if I don’t know where I’m going in six episodes?’ But everyone got on board and said ‘I’ll play with it on the page and see where it goes.’
If you had known earlier, would you have found it tough to keep the secret?
B.B.: I think what we learned, really in the first year, was ‘play everything– play every ability that you can’– which is why you have that kind of ambivalence…You know, a lot of the characters have a kind of privacy where you don’t know what they’re thinking; you don’t know what’s really going on. And that came out of necessity in the beginning because we didn’t know where things were going, but I think it’s probably what the writers always intended. If they tell you everything that’s going to happen, actors, we tend to sort of want to plan our way. Well, in life, you’re just sitting here, and something could fall out of the sky. [Laughs] Life can change in a moment, but actors look to keep things continuous, so I think it’s kind of good to keep actors in the dark because I know when I found out that Meana was playing Nina, I had to be really careful! I said ‘Just play it as if you were playing Nina; just play it flat-out. Because Meana is that good.’
Will we get to see more of her motives and the true relationship between her and Robert David Jones?
B.B.: We don’t really get the backstory yet, you know, because there’s so much front-story. [Laughs] We don’t need to go back. But it starts to become clear that the bond is BIG and what the history is.
Do you see them as equals at this point or does Meana have more of a hold on Jones than maybe we were shown thus far?
B.B.: I’m not sure. I’m genuinely not sure about that. I’m not clear on who is in the driver’s seat. I sort of feel he is, only because she doesn’t have the force of something like Massive Dynamic behind her; she seems more rogue, you know? And she was invited in…so I don’t know if Jones will throw her under the bus or not.
Now they see how easily Meana and Jones can cross over. Is that indicative of what’s to come when Fringe returns? Will we see a lot more of characters crossing over?
B.B.: They’re going back and forth because you’ve got to figure out a lot of these [forces] in this world trying to deal with what’s what and how do you know and how it affects all of these relationships. What’s interesting to me is now you have these complicated things obviously between Olivia and Peter in all of their multiplications, but even how this works in with Walter. You know, in our world, there’s this huge history; in the other world, it appears to have no history. So I’m curious to see– we don’t know yet– how the Walternate and Jones, how did that end up? And where’s Broyles in all of this? We have a lot of story to unravel!
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