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Denise Gough on 'Andor,' Googling Tony Gilroy and what really happened in 'Game of Thrones' spinoff pilot

Denise Gough took it as a sign.

The Irish actor just discovered the pilot of Bloodmoon, Game of Thrones spin-off 8, year in Gough and Na The original series starring Naomi Watts was previously canceled. The shows they make will never be seen. HBO, back to the drawing board, will end up with other GOT series, House of the Dragon.

For Gauff, it looked like it was meant to be. After successfully entering the video game voiceover – Mass Effect: Andromeda , The Witcher 3 — Movies (Juliet, Naked, Colette) and TV (Guerrilla, Paula) – She decides to go back to her first love – the theater.

“At that moment I thought: Well, well; obviously, my destiny is not to engage in that kind of thing,” Gauff told The Hollywood Reporter said. “I wanted to go back to the theater, to my job. But then I got a call; they told me, ‘Tony Gilroy wants to see you. ’ Honestly though, I don’t know who Tony Gilroy is. I just know we’re talking about Star Wars . I googled him , I didn’t understand the seriousness of the matter until then.”

Like, Andor Seriously. That meeting led to Goff in the new, critically acclaimed Disney+ Star Wars plays Lieutenant and Director of the Imperial Security Service Dedra Meero series, prequel Rogue One . Ahead of Wednesday’s season one finale, Gough spoke with THR about the transition from fantasy to sci-fi, why her character Meero is “terrified” Becoming a Fascist,” and the experience of making a show like no one else.

What was your first meeting with Tony Gilroy like?

We talked. But since I was ready for the show, and given my previous experience with big franchises, I wasn’t convinced at first. However, that changed when Tony sent me the first three scripts. What I’ve always liked about Tony is his attitude. He never beat around the bush. We all know the topic, Star Wars, and we can talk without a problem. My character doesn’t appear in the first script. She will show up later. But the writing is truly incredible and I knew immediately that I was witnessing something completely different than I expected.

How did that happen?

Not everything comes down to the size of the characters or the number of scenes; sometimes, I mean it, the writing is enough. It’s enough to read something good, something really compelling, in order to say yes. I love science fiction. Not only that: I love the idea of ​​science fiction. But often this type of series doesn’t offer the best or most satisfying character or roles. But Andor is exactly my dish compared to

The other series, Andor takes a political and modern approach. What is it that piques your interest?

Tony and other writers wrote a story, just by accident

Star Wars series. In some ways, it’s something else – more grown-up, more complex, more intense. I often think that watching Andor is not an easy task for my 7 year old nephew. Then, they made a LEGO version of me and it was all good. Just kidding: It’s a great thing for me to be able to say those words, to say them so honestly.

Would your theater career be useful for this role?

no doubt. The language in Andor is very specific and technical. I had some trouble on the first day. I had to prepare myself as I would for a work that required a more robust, almost muscular language. For example, I was thinking of the scene with Anton Lesser [who plays Major Partagaz]. That’s why I love this character so much. I feel like I’m acting. on television. I usually have to adapt, but with this Star Wars series, I can use everything I know, what I get from the theater. Best of all, thanks to Andor , I get to act with some of the best theater actors around.

Genres are often just an excuse to talk about broader topics. What is the theme of Andor

?

Life is full of shades and grays, and people are never entirely good or evil. And that’s just the most superficial, immediate aspect of writing in Andor. There are other themes. Just look at my character: she’s a woman who finds herself surrounded by men who are often completely useless. But it’s not all about gender. Andor shows how a woman can be as corrupt as a man and highlights what power can do to anyone.

What kind of person is your character , Dedra Meero?

She’s ambitious, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be at the top of the empire. She wants everything to be okay. During the interrogation process, she was meticulous and thoughtful, which is not possessed by many of her colleagues. In her mind, she sees herself as a heroine because of her conviction that she must save the galaxy. If you think about it, it’s pretty scary. Because she’s ready to do anything to be successful, and she’s not afraid to take the fascist approach. In a way, she’s similar to [Diego Luna’s character] Cassian. But in a completely different way.

Can we talk about the game of Thrones Spinoff Are you a part of?

certainly.

What can you tell us?

there is nothing. Absolutely not. ( Laughing .)

What kind of experience was that? ?

No doubt about it, it’s great; I was able to work with some amazing people. In the end, however, things didn’t go well. The point is that this kind of thing happens all the time. Perhaps people thought that the Game of Thrones cancellation was devastating.

Isn’t it?

For me, everything happens for a reason, everything happens the way it should. I wasn’t upset when our pilot episode didn’t get picked, when the production didn’t go ahead. Because, obviously, it wasn’t meant to happen. So, I went home, went to the theater, and then, if possible, a bigger franchise contacted me. I found a character that was closer to what I usually play.

The channel went on to make another GOT series, and as far as I can tell, it’s doing a great job. Therefore, the decision taken was correct. I don’t want to take over the role of someone who knows better than I do what works and what doesn’t.

But you have to have an idea of ​​a story you want to tell.

Sometimes I feel as though I’m not looking for the stories I want to tell, but somehow, it’s those stories found me. The stories I want to tell are complete and have depth. I’m not interested in superficiality. I want to work with good actors and good writers. I’ve never been on a TV show where I had to ask for a change.

The scripts I’ve used have always been definitive and complete. Here, in Andor, I’m only asking for one line to be changed. I should say I “already had it”, which is American English. I would suggest changing it to “get on with it”, which is British English and better suited to the rhythm and musicality of the dialogue. In the end, this is everything I’m looking for: good writing.

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