‘The Order’ – Tronco on playing a flawed character
Q: How much fun is your character Gabrielle to play?
A: She definitely is. She’s great. She’s like multidimensional, which I find really fun to play as an actor because the writing for Gabrielle is such a gift. You know, she tends to surprise the audience as much as she surprises herself (laughs) so that’s just a gift for me as an actor.
Q: How do you approach the character that can be quite duplicitous at times?
A: She’s flawed but I think if I’m able to approach a character understanding that they are flawed just as humans are flawed, I think there might be some like more creative room to bring to the table if I approach it that way rather than playing her one-dimensional because then no one will understand her, nobody would want to listen to her. So yeah, I try to approach every character through some empathy.
Q: Because if you can’t find some common ground with the character, then you can’t play it, correct?
A: Yeah, exactly. I feel like an audience can tell if you don’t like the character you’re playing yourself and I didn’t want to do that with Gabrielle. When I first read for the audition and the (script), I knew that she was definitely flawed but I knew that she was smarter than she was letting people know and that’s what really, really drew me to her. Her wits and her determination are what I really like about her.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.