Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Collider: Exclusive Arlene Tur Interview

Source: Collider [follow link for complete interview]

Torchwood Miracle Day July 11

TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY - COLLIDER: Exclusive Arlene Tur Interview

by Christina Radish
July 5th, 2011

On the new Starz drama Torchwood: Miracle Day, premiering on July 8th, actress Arlene Tur plays Dr. Vera Juarez, an attending surgeon in Washington, D.C. when people suddenly stop dying. The sick stay sick and the injured continue to be in pain, but no one dies, with no explanation as to why. As the world crisis grows, Vera’s surgical and emergency room experience sees her recruited to advise on government think-tanks. She quickly finds herself inextricably tangled up with CIA Agent Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer) and the mysterious British organization Torchwood, led by Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and dedicated to fighting the strange and bizarre, leading her to realize that this is a much bigger crisis then any of them could have ever imagined.

During a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Arlene Tur talked about joining the popular British series making its first trip overseas, that she thinks Torchwood fans will like the new direction once they give it a chance, how exciting and surprising the story turned out to be by the end of the season, how great it was to work with original cast members John Barrowman and Eve Myles, and that she thinks show creator Russell T. Davies is a brilliant storyteller. She also revealed that she would love to play a superhero or a super-villain in a sci-fi/action movie, and that she would like to try her hand at physical comedy...


... Q: Because they’re so secretive with the show, did they tell you much about who the character was or what the story was, when you were auditioning?

TUR: "They are very secretive. They came out with the fact that she was going to have a relationship with Rex (Mekhi Phifer), who was in the CIA, but that’s about it. They really didn’t tell me about all the involvement with the CIA, and her having to become a fish-out-of-water and go undercover, and that they were going to take her out of her comfort zone so much. That was a joy for me to hear and to read because it was a challenge, as an actress. I was expecting to be mostly in the E.R. and have my work be very medical, in general. It was such a bonus for me. I was very, very excited. Every time I read an episode, it just became better. I got further and further from the E.R..."

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