Intelligent questions, articulate answers … there is much to like in this Collider interview with our Colin.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Colin Morgan (who plays Leo, a desperate and tortured man on a mission to be reunited with his beloved Synth family) talked about why he was so intrigued by this character, whether or not he’d want a Synth in his own life, why he felt he needed to know his character’s backstory before the shoot began, how Leo feels about what’s been done to him, his favorite character interaction this season, and that he’d like to continue to explore this world. He also talked about how much he enjoyed his experience on Season 2 of The Fall and working with Gillian Anderson, as well as what he’s got lined up next. Be aware that there are some spoilers.
(Christina Radish, Collider)
Some thoughts from Colin about Leo …
Without really thinking about too much of the technology, what I was seeing was a series of scenarios with humans trying to make sense of their purpose. That’s what’s so interesting about it. It doesn’t have to be technology. That can be anything that’s introduced into society that makes us question ourselves. It’s people questioning the reason why they’re here, and that’s been an enduring question since the beginning of existence, I suppose.
… But, getting into a character’s head is part of the process that I love. What was a big thing for me was trying to understand what it was like to quite literally be the only thing in the world that is uniquely singular. There is no one like him.
… So, it’s a quest for belonging, which a lot of us are on.
… To think that Leo really only got his dad’s attention when his dad made him an experiment is really hard to comprehend. I think physically what he would have went through, at the age of 13 when this was done to him, as a boy coming into puberty, his natural development was really messed up.
… it was just so unusual and intriguing, but I was also intimidated and a bit scared by it, which was a good sign. You don’t know how you’re going to do it, but you should definitely jump in and work hard. So, I knew exactly what had happened to him and what was going to happen to him before beginning.
… He hasn’t had very good examples of humans, so he is very, very distrustful of them and really finds it difficult to see how humans, with all of their complications and extravagances, are not negative. Whereas with synthetics, in his experience, they’ve always been good and kind and nurturing to him, even though they were programmed that way. He knows they were programmed to love him, but if it feels like love, does it really matter if it was programmed. If he gets the feeling of love and the feeling of belonging, even if somewhere in the back of his head he knows it’s just a program, I think that’s better than being hurt by humans.
It was quite dark to explore. Most of the characters I’m drawn to, as an actor, are ones that are quite intensely lonely and a bit lost and are looking for some kind of redemptive answer. The long days of shooting occupy my headspace and it is challenging, but it’s part and parcel to the commitment of that kind of role.