The investigation to search out Alex’s killer is on and agent Kim Hammond is main the cost. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Merle Dandridge about constructing her character from the bottom up, Kim’s backstory, and extra.
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Who killed Alex Sokolov? That’s the primary query we now have after watching the primary 3 episodes of HBO Max’s latest hit sequence, The Flight Attendant. Cassie (Kaley Cuoco) is on a wild chase attempting to determine what occurred the night time he was murdered, and FBI brokers Kim Hammond (Merle Dandridge) and Van White (Nolan Gerard Funk) are on that very same journey as effectively. HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Merle about Kim’s mindset concerning Alex’s killer by the tip of the third episode.
“I feel she may be very tuned in to that there’s a lot extra to this story than meets the attention,” Merle advised HollywoodLife. “I feel that she’s going to do no matter it takes to exhaust each potential street or endgame which may be capable to come out of this. Cassie’s not making a superb case for herself, although. She retains stumbling within the strangest methods, which can also be what makes it so curious. What on Earth is that this woman doing? She simply appears to be digging her personal gap.”
Whereas Kim is exploring each potential angle to Alex’s homicide, her associate is dead-set on Cassie because the perpetrator. Merle admitted that she loves that Kim and Van are “framing issues within the case from fully completely different factors of view.” She continued: “If I had been their boss, I feel it’d be good to staff them collectively as a result of they’re going to see it from a full 360 view. They’ve fully completely different ideologies once they take a look at the case. Van actually needs to get a gold sticker and get a thumbs up, so he’s going to attempt to shut this case out any means that he can, however Kim is slightly bit completely different in that she wish to actually think about each angle. She trusts her intestine intuition that this won’t look precisely because it appears on the floor. In between that, there’s lots of friction, nevertheless it would possibly make them get much more to the guts of what’s actually taking place.”
Whereas the present is from Cassie’s viewpoint, there’s no denying that Cassie is a flawed character. She’s reckless, drinks an excessive amount of, and doesn’t at all times make the perfect choices. Kim seems to be, at this second, the ethical compass of the present as she doesn’t rush to sentence Cassie. Because the season continues, the layers of Kim will likely be peeled again.
“What I feel is de facto distinctive and highly effective about the place she’s coming from is that she is flawed, and we’re going to see slightly bit about her damaged private life and why that makes her very empathetic,” Merle mentioned about her character. “So when she sees anyone struggling like Cassie clearly is, she is ready to not simply see the black and white of it. She’s capable of see all of the shades of grey and the way it may be misconstrued or how Cassie might need issues stacked in opposition to her.”
Within the subsequent spherical of episodes, Merle teased that “lots of new parts” get launched. “As Cassie is, I might say, frequently shocked at each flip that she makes, Agent Hammond and Van are equally flabbergasted,” Merle continued. “There’s nothing that appears linear about how they arrive about it. So driving this experience with each flip, each flip, each spiral, and there are many them, it’s going to be a thrill.” The actress admitted that she had an “concept” of who killed Alex when she first learn the script, however she was “means, means off” by the point she realized who actually did it.
Merle’s function in The Flight Attendant comes after her 5-season run as Grace Greenleaf within the hit OWN sequence Greenleaf. She admitted that she was drawn to the present as a result of she’s a fan of Kaley Cuoco. “She’s superb in every little thing that she does. However there’s one thing about when a girl simply takes the reins and clears a path and creates a complete sequence and a complete scenario the place so many individuals could be at work to inform a extremely highly effective story like The Flight Attendant. One thing that’s actually gripping, thrilling, stunning to take a look at, and simply actually fantastic storytelling. That’s what Kaley’s carried out in optioning the guide after which bringing it to carry it to our screens,” Merle raved.
The actress mentioned she initially auditioned for an additional function within the present. She was then advised that there was one other character The Flight Attendant staff was pondering of fixing. “That was the function of the 60-year-old within the guide that written to be a white male. They had been like, if we modify that to be to suit you, what do you consider that? That instantly intrigued me as a result of I acquired an opportunity to sort of create the character from scratch and rebuild her framework of how she’s wanting on the case how she’s taking a look at Cassie and the way ladies are throughout the realm of the FBI,” Merle advised HollywoodLife. “She was recruited from having been a pilot within the Navy, and so they wished her, so what does that imply when she simply not solely will get a seat on the desk however simply creates a brand-new one for herself. How do you progress in that house when it’s just about a boy’s membership, in order that intrigued me to play a robust black girl who’s constructing a contemporary new lane for herself.” New episodes of The Flight Attendant premiere Thursdays on HBO Max. You’ll be able to stream the present by signing up for a free trial of HBO Max.