Before we begin talking about my valentine, let’s get this out of the way.
I don’t know what the Doom Patrol writers have in store for Penny Farthing, but it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on set. Every member of the Doom Patrol family was so welcoming and kind and talented and I’m very proud to have been a part of it.
Oh wow, I’ve never even considered that. My co-star in that commercial is the wonderful Austin Zajur, who stars in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Fist Fight. I don’t differentiate between commercial acting and narrative acting, I’ve worked with some really high profile directors and actors in both capacities, I think when you’re in this industry you just love the chance to play and explore and do what you love.
Creating the character of Trezzure was so fun. The interesting thing about the script is that being a pop star is only a small part of Trezzure’s journey. The music videos were shot on the last day of filming, and that was really the only day that I really got to explore Trezzure’s pop star persona. During most of the film, it’s more about Trezzure’s toxic relationship unraveling, and watching her (try not to) confront that what she’s experiencing isn’t normal, and that she may actually be a victim.
Trezzure is like a Frankenstein’s monster of pop stars. I had a lot of fun watching music videos from Ariana Grande, Grimes, Kim Petras, etc, anything colorful and super modern. As I said, the pop star aspect is really a small part of the script, it was more about looking into what it’s like to be in a relationship like Trezzure and Royal’s, about what it’s like to question your reality, because someone you love and trust is telling you that your version isn’t true.
This is a really complex question, because I think that to say that Trezzure is purely a victim takes away a lot of her agency, because I do think she makes decisions that come out of insecurity and ambition. But I also believe that when you’re living in the sort of hazy, cloudy state that an emotionally abusive partner keeps you in, the choices you end up making are not necessarily choices that are indicative of who you are and what you believe in