Moon Bloodgood and Scarlett Byrne play mother and daughter on the TNT sci-fi series Falling Skies, but it’s not exactly your normal mother and child relationship the two have going on. Lexi’s an human-alien hybrid who’s grown from an infant into a young adult in just a matter of months. That kind of transformation would put a strain on any family, and matters are made more complicated by the emergence of Lexi’s alien powers.
Together at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, Bloodgood and Byrne discussed their onscreen relationship and what they’d like to see in the fifth – and final – season of Falling Skies.
Moon Bloodgood and Scarlett Byrne Falling Skies Interview
Your relationship has really taken a turn for the worse.
Scarlett Byrne: “I was just saying, it’s like teenage tantrums. She just totally loses it, doesn’t really know what she’s doing. She can’t control what she’s doing.”
She’s like a one year old.
Scarlett Byrne: “Right, exactly. So when she starts doing it, she starts getting upset. She doesn’t want to hear her mother, but at the same time she just gets so angry. It’s teenage tantrums on a whole different scale.”
Moon Bloodgood: “I also feel, this is just my observation, that Lexi wants to love her mom and she knows she’s supposed to, but she’s not sure she understands her because we were separated. You know what I mean?”
Scarlett Byrne: “She’s grown up in four months and she doesn’t really have a relationship with any members of the family. That’s really what it is. Ben’s woke up from a coma and doesn’t trust her. She’s craving this love really badly. She wants the support, and it’s the same with her mother as well. She wants her relationship with her but at the end of the day, how can you trust her?”
Anne is so disappointed because she envisions this little girl and then you don’t have your little girl anymore.
Moon Bloodgood: “Did you get that? Because that’s what I really worked hard on, when I had scenes. When I did that scene with Connor and Sarah, I didn’t want you to see that, but I wanted to show how hard it is because you don’t want your daughter to see, because I’m obviously happy she’s alive, but I can’t imagine having to act on that scene, losing 18 years. Then having that child talk back to you…Lexi. Honestly, when I see what these characters go through…me, I couldn’t go through this.”
Can you tell us anything about the cocoon?
Scarlett Byrne: “I’m really not too sure if I can.”
Moon Bloodgood: “She knew you were in a cocoon…”
Scarlett Byrne: “I know, they have teased it. I’m really not too sure if I’m allowed to say the cocoon. Lexi goes through a change. I think I’m allowed to say that. I don’t know how to say it any other way.”
Have we seen the extent of what the flower does?
Moon Bloodgood: “We have to bring that up again?”
Scarlett Byrne: “We were filming it, we put the tea in the water and it’s supposed to take four to five seconds, so we’re all sitting around this tea and this flower’s been dropped in. We’re all looking and it doesn’t open. After two minutes, we’re like, ‘Okay, it’s not working.'”
Do you have any idea what’s going to happen in season five?
Moon Bloodgood: “I honestly have no idea.”
What would you like to see happen?
Moon Bloodgood: “Well, you know what? I’m loving that it’s our last year so I always felt that I would always love to see the humans fight the humans. The aliens are there but now it’s humans against humans. I kind of wanted to take down the sci-fi a little bit, make it a little more flesh on flesh. That’s what I’d like to see. I’d like to see us being greedy and we’re at each other, but I don’t know. I don’t know if we’re still going to do a lot of alien stuff. I have absolutely no idea.”
Scarlett Byrne: “I think it’d be cool to get answers to why they invaded in the first place, why they came, what they want from us. I think that will be cool if they can wrap that up. There’s a part of me that thinks that’s not going to get answered.”
Moon Bloodgood: “They never want to answer it because if you answer it, that takes away…”
Are we going to find out Tom is her father?
Moon Bloodgood: “The next two is my favorite because it’s a flashback of my old life. You see me remembering, recalling, Dr. Kadar puts me through a hypnosis because she’s recalling what happened to her. There will be answers eventually to that.”
-By Carrie Chavez
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