CW fantasy series envisions a futuristic world in space
Q: You hadn’t done much sci-fi before “Pandora,” with guest shots on such shows as “Lethal Weapon” and “Masters of Sex,” so how well have you adapted to the fantasy genre?
A: I joke, “Wow, you just threw me in the deep end and told me to learn how to swim!” It’s so much fun, though. The show really revolves around the relationships between the characters because they’re kind of complex and what the show focuses on.
Jax (Quintana’s “Pandora” character) fits really well in this universe, because we don’t really know if she’s human or something else. We’re really building this from the ground up as we go, with nothing that came before it to reference, and I think that makes The CW the perfect platform for the show. It’s really a lot of fun.
Q: Having now done it for “Pandora,” what do you think about acting in front a green screen that adds special effects to a shot?
A: I watched Natalie Portman’s “MasterClass,” and she says that green screen is just the purest form of acting. Not only are you playing make-believe with the relationship with the person you’re acting with, you’re playing make-believe with what you’re supposed to be seeing and hearing and feeling. I was a little nervous about it, but I really like it a lot more than I thought I would.
Q: One of your biggest action roles before “Pandora” was opposite Paula Patton in the 2018 movie “Traffik,” which has been making the premium-cable rounds. How was that project for you?
A: That was intense. They actually cut all my parts from that! It happens sometimes, but that was a very grueling shoot.