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Alicia A. Wood (Theresa)
1. What were your first thoughts when you read The House Between and how did you feel about being cast as Theresa? Did you know what the series was about before you read the script?
Hmm. I had a brief synopsis that described the show before I was cast to play the part of Theresa. I liked her, and thought she would be a good fit for me. Challenging, but fun to play. I was really just excited to do a little acting - I've always wanted to, and I thought that being part of a project where I would be forced to come out of my shell, work hard, and meet new people would be an exciting experience - and it was!
2. Please describe the character of Theresa. How would you describe her as a human being? Is it difficult or strange playing a person from the future?
Theresa is, as Bill describes her, "very sure of herself". Like me, she has the IQ of a genius and an open mind, so naturally I felt akin to her character. :)
3. How much of Theresa is Alicia Wood and how are are Alicia Wood and Theresa different?
I think there is a lot of me coming out in Theresa. People have mentioned it to me. Theresa is very blunt, and I am pretty straight forward as well. Like Theresa, I don't just let people explore me, and I don't share all of myself, either. But, I'm not as confident as Theresa is. I think sometimes a little of my attitude comes out when I don't necessarily intend for it to when I'm playing Theresa. It seems to work, though. I'm still waiting for John to complain. Like I said, I think Theresa was a good fit for me. Considering her character was written before I ever met John, it worked out really well. It wasn't too far of a stretch for me, though at times it did require me to come out of my shell a little bit.
4. What was the most difficult part about playing Theresa in the first season? The most difficult episode?
I get thrown around a lot! Now, when I watch these episodes I can see that I was not always consistent. I was still getting a feel for acting as Theresa, you can tell.
5. The dialogue in the series, especially Bill and Theresa's, is quite quite technical and complicated. How do you go about preparing for one of the big psychic monologues? How difficult is it to convey all the complex information you are asked to perform? In real life, do you have an interest in the paranormal?
That is a really good question. I don't know how I do it. I don't usually have a lot of time to prepare, so I guess I just lock myself away from the rest of the cast and crew and go over it repeatedly.
6. What was your favorite season one episode of The House Between, and why?
"Settled." I think the cinematography is beautiful. The story begins to develop some of its eeriness as the house starts to act on its own. You get a glimpse into the characters' lives. There are cool special effects in this episode that took a long time to do, but it was awesome to see it all come together. I love that Kim's voice sings out through that old tape recorder, too. There's just so much about this episode that I truly enjoy and love. Plus, Theresa really shows up in this episode, and you can see that she is going to influence the dynamic of the group almost at once.
7. What episode reveals the most about Theresa, and does the audience learn more about her in season two?
Well. Hmm. In "Settled" Theresa tells her story and interacts with everybody, unveiling her character. That's probably her big episode when it comes to reveals.
8. What was the funniest thing that happened to you while filming the first season? The most difficult?
I don't know if it was the funniest, but filming with Flo (Florent Christol; Sange) was great. I don't know if it was the interaction with a new face or if I was just delirious from day after day of shooting on little to no sleep, but I couldn't stop giggling. He started it, but that one scene in the hallway took way too long once the laughter started. So unprofessional...
9. Was there ever a point during season one when you felt that Theresa was acting out of character, and if so, what did you do about it? How flexible are the producers and the creator when it comes to adjusting character moments?
Besides "Mirrored" where we all were acting out of character, I think the writing for Theresa was very consistent. But, the producers were flexible and open to any suggestions we had. They explained their reasoning and listened to ours. There was some give and take, but I don't think there was too much on my part. Just, perhaps, some changing of words that were difficult to get out or didn't seem like Theresa.
10. Do you feel when you receive new scripts now that you "know" who Theresa is? As an actress, how do you go about "finding" the character?
I do think I know who Theresa is. It just takes a little reading of the scripts to get sucked right back in. It's not hard to get back into character. Even sometimes when hanging out with people from the show, parts of her come out in me.
11. You are actually significantly younger than the rest of the series cast. Is that ever strange for you? At the same time, your character is the most-even keeled. Is it difficult for you to find Theresa's balance?
Theresa's character is very well written. Because of this, and the similarities in our personalities, finding Theresa's balance was not too hard. I'm not sure I ever really struggled with that. Truth be told, I just do what they tell me to do and hope it works out. Kim, on the other hand, really thought about everyone's character. That helped, too. She always offered her opinions and suggestions.
12. What do you think is the underlying meaning in The House Between, and how do you think Theresa fits into the larger puzzle box that the series has created?
I'm really not sure about the underlying meaning of the show. I'm not a big film/TV buff like everyone else. I'm not good at this stuff. Good vs evil, does that suffice? I just know I like it. Theresa provides a little balance and bridges extremes between characters sometimes. She also helps reveal things about themselves and the house, helping the story unfold, but I'm not sure how else she contributes to the puzzle. I don't know what's going to happen next.
13. When you received the scripts for The House Between, did you know where the story was going, or were you always surprised? How much do the actors know about the larger story arc at the beginning of the show and now?
I was (and still am) always surprised. John's writing keeps you wanting to know what happens next, and even though I've read every episode multiple times, that never changes. He didn't even let us read "Departed" until the day after we had completely filmed "Trashed". I knew the basic storyline, but never any details until the scripts were provided. Even then, there were some reveals I had no idea about - like the twist with Travis in "Departed". I had no clue that was coming. Whoa.
14. How do you think Theresa changes between season one and season two (without revealing any secrets...)?
Theresa stays much the same in season two. She has learned from the relationships she developed in the first season, and seems to appreciate them. On occasion, she shows some emotion without the aid of a mirror.
15. Finally, what episode are you most looking forward to in the second season in terms of Theresa's development as a character?
"Separated." It was fun in many ways. There's a little change of pace, change of character for me and some of the others. There's all the good stuff: action, bonding, drama. It's a little twisted, even, and I can't wait to see how it all plays out on screen. But all of these episodes were really great. This season is much different from the last, and I want to see how it all ties together. So much about out little group is changing, on and off the screen. I can't wait to see what happens next!
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