‘Mary Kills People’ slays its star, Caroline Dhavernas

Caroline Dhavernas

Q: What drew you to “Mary Kills People”?

A: She’s such a great character, it was a no-brainer for me when I saw the project come along. She’s so complex and packed with contradictions, it’s so fun to play as an actress. Also, along with the drama, there’s a level of comedy as well … so it’s a real treat.

Q: What do you think about basing the show around a doctor who helps terminally ill people end their lives on their own terms?

A: It is a very fragile and sensitive subject matter for a lot of people, especially when you include religion in it. I think it’s a really important social debate to have, and if after watching the show, people start reflecting upon it and talking about it among each other, then good.

It’s not a documentary about assisted dying – there’s a lot more going on – but that certainly is the main subject of the show, and I’m proud of that. I’m very happy to be part of a project that makes people reflect upon the subject.

Q: Having done such other projects as “Wonderfalls” and “Hannibal,” and now this, is it safe to say you prefer to do edgy projects?

A: Yeah, that’s what I’m attracted to, things that I don’t feel have been done before. I’ve been doing this for so long, I don’t want to be doing something that I’ve already done. I want it to feel fresh every time.

I’m not supposed to be bored as an actress; it’s not a job that’s supposed to feel that way. I want to make sure I push myself and challenge myself, and work with people I feel have talent and are smart. That was certainly the case when I read the pilot for “Mary Kills People,” and when I heard the writer (Tara Armstrong) was in her early 30s and this was her first project, I thought, “Wow. I have to meet and work with her.”


Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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