In part one of our exclusive interview with Krypton star Georgina Campbell, we discussed her being cast in the role of Lyta-Zod, grandmother of the General we would come to know and hate, her knowledge of Superman and comic books, and how she views the character. As things pick up, she’s considering the notion that the series presents a view of the bloodline quite different from what we’re familiar with, and that as things go on we’ll be witnessing the devolving of that bloodline.
“I think we all have an idea of what Zod is, so it’s very interesting looking at Lyta’s character and seeing the differences between her and what we know of Zod in the future in Superman’s era,” Campbell muses. “What’s interesting, also, is the relationship between her and Seg-El [Cameron Cuffe, playing Superman’s grandfather]. The relationship is that of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, two people who want to be together, but because of the way their society is set up, it’s not allowed. There’s an idea of that binding within Krypton and you are bound to people that you are meant to be with rather than being able to follow your heart. So you see that Lyta and Seg have this doomed relationship in that they know they can’t be together, but you know how that goes — it always makes you want to be with that person even more.
“Working with Cameron’s been fantastic,” she adds. “He’s so brilliant and engaging and he works so hard. I’ve not worked with many people who work as hard as Cameron, and he really is taking this so seriously. He IS Seg, he’s the lead, he’s upholding the whole thing and he’s going at it with as much gumption as possible. And he knows so much about the comic books as well; he’s like an encyclopedia. If there’s ever anything that I’m trying to grasp, or if I’m not quite sure of, he’s the perfect person to go to to explain everything down to a T, which is very helpful.”
One of the things the actress shared in part one of this interview is that she was drawn to the idea of playing her first action role. That desire is one thing, but how has it compared to the reality of actually getting so physical?
“It’s been really great,” Campbell laughs. “And it’s been a really amazing learning experience because I’ve never really done anything like that. The stunt team is really fantastic, really thoughtful and they created a style of fighting that the Zods utilize, which is a mixture of wing chung and wushu. It’s specifically created for if you’re smaller, or if you’re a woman, so if you’re going to have to tackle men or people that are bigger than you, rather than relying specifically on your strength, you’re moving fast, and that quick movement is about being one step ahead. So, yeah, it’s been great and I’ve really enjoyed it. And it’s a nice way of getting into a character as well, having that physical element. I’ve been working out, and I’ve gotten stronger. All of that really has put me in the mindset of being Lyta.”
Although Campbell has a background in British television so is far from a stranger to the medium, Krypton has certainly offered up something different from what she was used to.
“It’s been different in the sense of the scale of it,” she says. “When you go on set, they’re humongous and it’s so beautiful and it’s so different, especially because it’s set on a different planet. I have done sci-fi things, but this is really full on sci-fi. So that aspect of it has been different and amazing. But I guess whatever it is, I try and come at it from the same way: who is the character, what they’re going through, and how to relate it to myself or to people I know, or to my specific time that I’m living, so that you can find the gateway into it. That kind of covers whatever you’re doing, but it’s definitely been different to a lot of other stuff I’ve done.”
While she has admitted to not being familiar with the whole Superman mythos, there is a sense of excitement about now becoming a part of the character’s overall legacy. “It’s such a big fan base, and this stuff is really important to people,” she observes. “I’ve been looking at comments and reading what people are saying, and it’s really exciting. It’s also quite daunting, because you know there’s this big group of people that have lots of expectations and lots of thoughts, but at the same time, that’s such an exciting thing to be involved in. We’re quite lucky; it’s a nice feeling knowing that we’re telling a new story and that people haven’t seen this before, which makes it feel less weighted. It’s not like we’re telling a story that people have already seen.”
Krypton airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on Syfy.
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