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SHE HAS been living in Los Angeles for seven years, but Bella Heathcote hasn’t lost her Australian accent.
The Melbourne-born actor, who starred on Neighbours before her big move, scoffs at the notion that it’s as glamorous as aspiring actors imagine: “Oh mate, not at all.”
Despite receiving a Heath Ledger Scholarship, which helps Aussies trying to break into Hollywood, Heathcote says the reality of making it in Tinseltown involves a lot of hard work.
“When I’m in LA, most of the time I’m hustling to get a job or running around going to auditions and meetings,” she explains.Read More
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The Neon Demon star talks to us about our collective dystopian reality
Bella Heathcote is conversing with a pale yellow computer screen. On my own screen the doe-eyed actress looms large in a smart navy blazer with red anchors on the lapels. There’s a moment of confusion before I realize that my webcam has been blocked with a small square of Post-it note – a moderately ridiculous and undoubtedly paranoid precaution. Heathcote laughs at the situation as I rip the square of paper away, but isn’t dismissive of the initiative.
“Do you watch Black Mirror?” she asks me, referencing Charlie Brooker’s eerie telemovie series. “There’s an episode about where it all goes pear shape for this kid who should have covered her camera.” It’s a dystopic start to an interview, but then Heathcote has populated her fair share of dystopias, and not a few hellscapes. Not only with her entry into Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle – an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s alternative history, but also in projects like Dark Shadows (2012) opposite Johnny Depp, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), and The Neon Demon (2016). In spite of the latter film’s oak tree dialogue and cliché-ridden plot, Heathcote landed the most memorable moment of the visually rich bloodbath — a scene involving an undigested human eyeball and seppuku with a pair of scissors.
A great way to start a story is by asking “What if?” and that is what Philip K. Dick did when he wrote his Hugo Award-winning, 1962 alternate history novel, The Man in the High Castle, which was turned into a TV series by Amazon and begins streaming its second season today.
The premise The Man in the High Castle explores is what would have happened if the allies had lost World War II? The answer is that here in the U.S., Germany controls much of the East Coast, while Japan overseas the West Coast. The only real part of America that is left is the Rocky Mountains, which are a “neutral zone,” and that is where the resistance is located, led by a mysterious figure known only as “the Man in the High Castle.”
Season 2 picks up where Season 1 ended with Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) facing the consequences of her choice to betray the Resistance and allow Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank), a suspected Nazi agent, to escape with a film originally intended for the Man in the High Castle. As a result, Joe returns a hero to the Reich, but when he expresses his doubts about continuing to Obergruppenführer John Smith (Rufus Sewell), he is sent to Berlin for a meeting with his long-lost father to entice him to continue on.
Parade.com spoke to Luke Kleintank and new cast member Bella Heathcote, who plays Nicole Becker, to get the inside scoop on Season 2 and their personal reactions to the premise.
What can you tease about Season 2?
Luke Kleintank: We pick up where we left off, so Joe is on his journey back to New York City via the boat, and he goes straight back to Smith’s office to present the film that he’s sequestered from San Francisco. On that journey, he’s dealing with the trial that he had to go through in Season 1. I think he’s fed up with the whole system of the Reich and wants nothing to do with it anymore. So, he goes back and he’s viewed as a hero to a certain extent, but he doesn’t feel like a hero.
Joe and Smith’s relationship kind of falls apart and then it comes back together when Joe is thrust into Berlin, where he meets his father. Then, he experiences the Reich in a whole different light, what it has to offer and experiences its seduction.
We’re starting to see it all unfold. He’s dealing with the conflict of whether he’s going to join the system or fight against it. He meets Nicole along the way in Berlin.
Do you think you would be a good spy?
Luke Kleintank: I’m not a big fan of lying so probably not. I think I could do it though, if I had to.
As an actor you play different people, so maybe that would help?
Luke Kleintank: But the thing is as an actor you’re given the words, so I’d have to make up my own stuff and that might be hard.
THIS IS “FIFTY SHADES DARKER” STAR BELLA HEATHCOTE — SHE’S REALLY, REALLY EXCITED TO BE HERE
The Fifty Shades and “The Man in the High Castle” actress is ready to be your new screen favorite.
Bella Heathcote has lived in Los Angeles for six years, and the actress is still completely enamored of the city. “There’s a great juxtaposition between the beautiful hikes and the terrible architecture,” muses the 29-year-old Melbourne, Australia native. “Or maybe it’s because when I came here, I could start my life over.”
Heathcote moved to L.A. in 2010, after winning the Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship, which included a $10,000 stipend and a plane ticket. The highlights of her CV at the time was a role in the long-running Australian TV show “Neighbours” — “a rite of passage,” she says — and one scene with Joel Edgerton in the 2008 film Acolytes.
But just being in L.A. was exciting for the Heathcote. “Even though I wasn’t working as an actress, there were meetings! And auditions!” she says. “Back in Australia, I’d get an audition a month, and the rest of the time I’d be working at a law firm.”
The Man in the High Castle’s first season went out with a bang last year. During the whirlwind finale’s final moments, Ed was hauled off to jail, Juliana and Joe made a last-ditch escape from the Nazi embassy, and Tagomi seemingly traveled through time to an alternate reality.
So what in the world is happening when the alt-history drama returns to Amazon? Cast members did their best to fill in the blanks when they stopped by EW’s studio at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, teasing Bella Heathcote’s new “party girl” character and a conflict-rife second season.
“I think in season 2 you really see [Frank] take matters into his own hands and kind of forge a new relationship with the resistance,” said Rupert Evans, who plays Frank Frink. “He departs from his previous ideas about how to live in this place, this totalitarian state. So his life changes dramatically in season 2.”
As for Tagomi’s shocking time jump, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa didn’t give much away, only offering his hot take on the storyline. “I think everybody has an alternate reality. It’s just a matter of whether they question enough. I think the less we question, the less we realize that there’s more than just one way to look at things,” he said. “Tagomi is definitely someone that comes from a world and is on his own journey to find an answer within that world, but then the journey takes him to another world. It’s a Chinese box.”
For the full run-down on where The Man in the High Castle will pick up, watch EW’s full interview above.
Source: Entertainment Weekly