For six seasons on The 100, actress Marie Avgeropoulos has embodied Octavia Blake with grit and style. In front of our eyes, she’s gone from a once defiant wild youngster who hid beneath the floorboards determined to stay a traditional life, to the cruel Pink Queen, founding father of Wonkru, a united clan consisting of sky individuals and grounders. Who may I add, as soon as strongly shared a disdain for each other.
Avgeropoulos’ character arc and journey as an entire has been a tumultuous one because the starting. Regardless of dropping her beloved Lincoln (Ricky Whittle), a once timid younger woman has come into her own, evolving into a fierce, unbiased warrior who has thrived regardless of a endless estrangement from her huge brother Bellamy (Bob Morley). Who at first of the season proclaimed his baby sister lifeless! Figuratively talking, in fact.
Octavia’s trajectory has been unclear as of late, questioning her past and the soiled deeds she’s carried out to outlive, struggling to seek out her place on the planet– if there even is one. But this seasons uncertainties are about to develop into crystal clear, or so we hope. As an alternative of rallying the standard suspects on the new moon, and determining the way to stay with (or destroy) its present inhabitants, the youngest Blake has been banished to the forest with former enemy Diyoza to reside… or die. Speak about irony.
Since destroying Earth, and discovering themselves both kicked out of Sanctum within the new world, Diyoza and Octavia’s contempt for each other has been slowly dissipating as they try and survive. Together. Avgeropoulos spoke about Octavia’s upcoming battle for redemption, her feelings in the direction of Bellamy, and shared a hilarious story whereas working together with her once on-screen foe Ivana Milicevic.
MCKENZIE MORRELL | There have been many variations of Octavia throughout the six seasons of The 100whether or not it’s the woman beneath the floorboard, Indra’s second, Blodreina, so on. Which model of her would you say has been probably the most challenging and intriguing to play?
MARIE AVGEROPOULOS | It’s such a pleasure to play Octavia because she’s continually becoming so many various characters all beneath the identical skin.Probably the most difficult and pleasurable character that I’ve played up to now can be Blodreina. Jason Rothenberg, the creator of the show, who has executed such an exquisite job creating all these nice characters, he got here as much as me and he informed me that, “Okay, Marie, that is going to be your largest piece of the chew yet. Subsequent season we’ve one thing actually fascinating for you to play.” And once I started reading the synopsis, I was fairly shocked. The followers are going to like me or they’re going to hate me. But that’s okay, as long as I make them feel something. Plus enjoying the character, I needed to reduce all my hair off to make the bodily transformation and Octavia was dealing with some really darkish selections to ensure that the individuals in the bunker survived for these six years. The immoral selections she needed to make in the course of the dark yr are some sins that she’s nonetheless undoubtedly sporting this season. You’ll just need to see whether or not she’s capable of forgive herself and continue on her path to redemption.
MM | Do you assume that Octavia’s dying want that we just lately saw throughout the primary part of the season was a results of these robust selections she needed to make as a pacesetter?
MA | Sure. Pretty unhappy to see the state that Octavia was in originally of season six, of what individuals have seen to date. She undoubtedly has PTSD from what she went by way of within the bunker. She has zero self love. I feel she’s even had some suicidal tendencies, to say the least. And it’s fairly unhappy to observe her undergo these emotions, however she has to tug herself via the mud in an effort to come out the other aspect. There’s notably one in every of my favourite episodes this season where you’re literally going to see Octavia face her demons. That’s as much as I can tease about that, however she is going to face her own worst enemy. That’s all I can say…
MM | She’s undoubtedly gone by means of some traumatic issues, to say the least. How do you assume her story would have played out if Lincoln [Ricky Whittle] had been in the bunker to help her make these selections and type of carry that burden?
MA | That’s a very fascinating question. No one’s ever requested me that one before. I feel Lincoln softened Octavia in a method that she hasn’t been capable of return since. I feel that moment when she watched him be murdered in entrance of her personal eyes, you would see her coronary heart break and you possibly can see in that same moment, her lust for revenge and blood and she or he had no different approach to treatment herself. It’s not like she will go converse to her therapist like we do within the present day. To go speak to a grief counselor or whatnot. However to reply your question, sure, I do assume issues would have changed for her had Lincoln been underneath the bunker to assist guide her and keep on a more moral path as an alternative of such an immoral one.
MM | I undoubtedly agree with that. There’s been many turning points this season, but an enormous one was obviously when Bellamy closed these doors on Octavia, principally leaving her on this new terrain to finally die. What was going via her thoughts, do you assume, when her huge brother finally shut her out? Is there anyway back from that?
MA | I don’t assume Octavia’s reaction to that was monumental. I feel she kind of saw that coming. Nevertheless, it did break her heart, however I don’t assume she needed to point out him that. In fact it’s the last word sense of abandonment, which is among the things Octavia absolutely hates probably the most and it’s considered one of her set off factors. But right now, she’s obtained greater fish to fry, because she has to cope with surviving on this new planet with this new group of individuals and finally, her companion in crime, her ally was her largest enemy, Diyoza. Octavia spent all of season five being incredibly bloodthirsty for her and her military, so it’s really fascinating, this season, to see the dynamic between these two and the way they develop into allies.
MM | Proper, the tables have turned. I’m really enjoying that dynamic between Diyoza and Octavia. Now that Diyoza has make clear the fact that Octavia does need to stay, will we see a change in her priorities and how she’s going about issues as she’s making an attempt to navigate this new world?
MA | Yeah, she doesn’t settle for Diyoza with open arms, instantly, but she does understand that she’s giving her advice. They’re apples and oranges however at the end of the day Octavia and Diyoza are nonetheless fruit. They’re both these ruthless female leaders and warriors and they should put all their crap aside and discover ways to work collectively in the event that they’re going to discover ways to survive on this planet. Because around each corner and each turn is a new impediment and danger that if they focus an excessive amount of on their previous, they gained’t even be capable of see the longer term.
MM | The place would you say Octavia would fall when it comes to her new individuals, would she divert from the Primes or would she go in the direction of extra the Youngsters of Gabriel? The place would you see her fitting?
MA | I can’t answer that one…
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MM | That’s truthful. Let’s speak about that temporal flare, and the quicksand that Octavia was in. We saw that it altered her hand not directly. We don’t actually know what the consequences of which are going to be. Can we anticipate that to play out as the season progresses of what that did to her and what it means?
MA | Yes, sporting that prosthetic arm everyday. That was enjoyable [Laughs]. I’ve a joke, truly, about once we have been standing in that gooey pit. We weren’t allowed to go away the gooey pit for hours and hours as a result of the reset and letting us out and putting us again in was such an unlimited job. So I appeared over at Ivana and I stated, pay attention I gotta go to the toilet. And she or he goes, me too. And I’m like okay, so are you okay with this? And she or he was like yup. Simply the whole day we have been each peeing in that pit. Cause we had no selection.
MM | [Laughs] That’s dedication. It appeared like little beads or something, what exactly was that? It appeared prefer it was uncomfortable to be sitting in for long durations of time.
MA | The particular results division did such a tremendous job on creating that pit, principally they’re these little gelatin balls that once they get wet, they broaden. Once they start, they’re really really tiny. I’ve truly introduced a couple of them house to offer to my nieces to play with, cause they only love throwing them in water and watching them increase. It’s like somewhat science experiment.
MM | A lot enjoyable! Relating to Octavia, she lastly received the prospect to be the leader, do you assume now that she’s gone by way of that course of that she might relate extra to Clarke and the challenges she’s confronted and the choices she’s made in that position?
MA | I feel that she will undoubtedly relate to Clarke. I feel Octavia’s already revered Clarke and the choices she’s needed to make whether or not or not she’s agreed with them. However presently Octavia has no idea that Clarke has was Josephine, so when she figures that one out, it’ll be an fascinating surprise for her and how that unfolds for her and the rest of the group.
MM | It’s going to be fascinating how everyone reacts as they start to study the truth of Clarke being gone and if there is a option to get her back. To sort of change gears, Octavia has acquired many nicknames through the years. What has been your favorite one out of them all?
MA | In addition to Blodreina, who will all the time take the cake for me, Skairipa was all the time a enjoyable one because I felt like that was actually her personal point on turning into the warrior she is now.
MM | I feel subsequent to Octavia’s identify everyone all the time just brands her as a badass, what other descriptors would you give her to encapsulate the individual she has grow to be?
MA | I like to hate that word. It’s quite generic, however yes, she is a robust feminine warrior and she or he’s such a pleasure to play. She’s all the time protecting me on my toes, that’s for positive.
MM | That’s superb. Not one of the characters on this present have had a terrific monitor document when it comes to relationships and with Lincoln’s dying, which actually hit her arduous, that was anyone that she was very related to. Do you hope that she will study to be with anyone again or open herself up even to the potential of connecting with any person on a unique degree?
MA | I feel that in an effort to love, it’s essential to love your self first. Octavia isn’t at that place proper now, this season. This season is all about her shedding her partitions, letting them down, forgiving her sins. I additionally wish to consider in the concept a lady doesn’t need a man or one other lady, or whatever aspect of the sector you play, to be completely happy. I’m really hoping Octavia might be proud of herself first and mend a few of the relationship that has been so damaged, especially the one with Bellamy.
MM | That’s the most important relationship she needs to give attention to.
MA | Most necessary man in her life.
MM | Couldn’t have stated it better myself. I do wish to throw in my signature question to all of my interviews. It’s pretty unrelated to what we’ve been talking about in a way. But for those who might construct a donut based mostly off of Octavia’s character, what sort of donut wouldn’t it be and what toppings would you placed on it?
MA | I feel it might be made from licorice. Primarily as a result of it’s a bit onerous to chew. Arduous to swallow, and it’s a bit of robust. I feel it might have just a little tang to it, perhaps some bitter candy on prime, as properly. She could possibly be a bit sweet, but in addition bitter at occasions. And you recognize, it’s gotta simply be manufactured from chocolate cake on the bottom because who doesn’t love chocolate cake. Typically a woman needs simply to take an enormous chew of some chocolate to get her thoughts off things.
MM | Proper? In the event you don’t like chocolate, I don’t trust you.
MA | [laughs] I’d steal that one from you.
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MM | You’ll be able to, completely. And as we’re getting to the top of the conversation. Octavia’s journey has been heartbreaking, inspiring, it’s been an extended one. Is there something that you would tease with regard to her redemption arc this season and just the driving drive of her as an individual shifting forward?
MA | I may need to consider that one without gifting away any spoilers. The finale of where she ends as much as the place she is now are two utterly totally different individuals. Because her hand is aged and she or he now has this bodily problem to cope with, she’s going to study that it’s not just a challenge, however it’s also an indication. That’s something I can tease to the followers. There’s more than meets the eye, aside from a hideous hand and it was given to her for a purpose.
MM | And to complete up, I’ve been asking your whole fellow forged members to describe the remainder of the season with three emojis. What would your decisions be?
MA | The scream mask, with the arms on the cheek. The one with just two eyeballs and no mouth. And then the one with the large eyeballs that seem like you simply saw something really scary.
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