Interview: Deborah Ann Woll on MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL Season Two
The past two weeks have been palpably exciting ones for fans of Marvel’s Daredevil. In almost rapid succession, Netflix released Season Two of the hit drama and then Fan Expo Canada announced that its leading men (Charlie Cox, Elden Henson, and season two fan favorite, Jon Bernthal) will be attending the highly hyped event this September in Toronto. As huge fans of the show , we were incredibly lucky to sit down to an intimate round-table with esteemed local journalists to speak with the show’s lovely leading lady Deborah Ann Woll. The following are some of the conversation highlights. (Also be sure to check out our Season One video interview with Deborah Ann Woll on our popular YouTube channel)
Scene Creek: In the few months that have passed between the events that unfolded at the end of Season one and the beginning of Season two, the central trio (Foggy, Matt, and Karen) have really become more vocal about what they stand for and have evolved in fascinating ways. How has Karen changed?
Deborah Ann Woll: Well I think we ended the last season on a real low note for Karen. She had done something horrible that she’s going to have to live with the rest of her life. So I imagine that over the course of the past few months she’s been coming to terms with that, trying to forgive herself in some way, and the boys are always a bright spot in her life. Then this business that because they put away Wilson Fisk has new people coming in and there’s a real sense of pride because it’s helping the people of Hell’s Kitchen who have maybe been overlooked and taken advantage of.
Scene Creek: We see a lot of characters, such as Grotto, Frank Castle, and Matt Murdock, instantly trust and confide in Karen. What is it about her that makes others so comfortable with her so quickly?
DAW: I think it’s this open mindedness that she encapsulates. Her past experiences have allowed her to understand that people do terrible things for good reasons sometimes, so she’s not as quick to judge others. Matt, because of what he does, has to see the world in black and white. In order for him to be the good guy there has to be a line and that’s what separates him. He’s a Catholic who dresses up like a devil. I mean that’s such a complication and it’s such a good metaphor for what he’s struggling with within himself. Karen, interestingly enough, wears a lot of grey, and we talked about that and these muted middle colors that she wears. She’s a bright spot in one episode and the next episode she’s the deepest, darkest, saddest part of it. In a couple of scenes I really wanted to play with these changes. Coming in at the top of the scene and being the light and then have one thing just remind you that clearly you’re not that, you are potentially a monster, and then fighting that complex all the time.
Scene Creek: What was your favorite scene to shoot this season?
DAW: I mean I have a lot of favorite scenes! My favorite scene was one in episode seven with Charlie (Cox). I call it the study date scene. I think it’s my favorite because it’s a turning point. I love the idea that we go into the scene thinking that this scene is going to go in one direction, and we have an idea of how it’s going to end, and there’s a moment that just completely flips it on its head and it changes their whole relationship. I don’t want to give too many spoilers but I just love that scene. There’s a moment where Karen realizes that she has more controversial feelings about what’s happening this year than even she realized, and it kind of pops out, and she has to admit that maybe that’s how she really feels. Then she has to admit it to somebody that she wants more than anything to love her. Charlie and I did a lot of preparation work on that scene. I had this color coded, seven different units, and I couldn’t stop working on it. I was so inspired by it.
Scene Creek: The show very much explores heroism and what it means to be a hero. How would you define heroism?
DAW: After two years on the show I don’t know if I can boil it down. Maybe the point is that we shouldn’t define it. Know that being a hero is personal. Frank Castle-maybe he’s a hero. You have to decide for yourself. That was kind of Karen’s journey this year. What does she think it takes to be a hero and can she simultaneously think that Frank Castle is a hero and believe that he should be in prison. Can he be both? Can he be a symbol as well as just a bad guy? So I can’t answer that question.
MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL Seasons One and Two can be currently streamed on Netflix Canada.