Krysten Ritter says ‘Orphan Black: Echoes’ role was an “interesting acting challenge”

The actor discussed her character, Lucy, and the mysteries surrounding her past.

Pop Culture & Art June 24, 2024
Courtesy: SOPHIE GIRAUD/AMC via Entertainment Weekly

Krysten Ritter, known for her diverse roles, embraces a new challenge in AMC and BBC America's "Orphan Black: Echoes," portraying Lucy. 

In a recent interview with Variety, Ritter delved into the complexities of playing a character devoid of memory and backstory.

"I thought this was such an interesting acting challenge," Ritter explained. "To take on a role that has no backstory, no memories. She doesn’t feel the way she is supposed to feel, she doesn’t know who she is and she is completely on the run."

The series premiere sets the stage with Lucy waking up without any recollection of her identity, navigating a world where she is pursued and tracked by unknown forces. 

Ritter highlighted the character's resourcefulness, evident from her escape from a containment facility to her subsequent life hidden away in rural solitude.

"She tries every way to get out of that room," Ritter noted, discussing Lucy's adeptness in problem-solving showcased early in the series. "She’s very smart."

The narrative unfolds against a backdrop of ethical dilemmas and genetic experimentation, with Lucy portrayed as a product of scientific error. 

Ritter expressed her intrigue in portraying "an experiment gone wrong," navigating themes of identity and existential purpose amidst a plot that explores the consequences of genetic manipulation.

The actress also shared insights into the technical challenges of filming, including memorable scenes involving a vat of goo—a defining visual element of the series. 

Reflecting on her character's journey and the series' evolution from its acclaimed predecessor, Ritter emphasized the uniqueness of "Orphan Black: Echoes" while honoring its legacy.

"This is a completely different thing," Ritter affirmed, addressing comparisons to the original series. "I am not trying to redo what [Tatiana Maslany] already did so beautifully."


Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ