Cast members from ABC’s Marvel’s Inhumans admitted to being in awe of being a part of the 2017 San Diego Comic Con, with many of the actors from the series making their Comic Con debut this past summer. The Marvel’s Inhumans panel showed off clips and took questions from fans, and the cast also sat down for roundtable interviews to further delve into what’s in store when viewers tune in.
Marvel’s Inhumans premieres on September 29, 2017.
Who do you play and what’s it like being part of this Marvel series?
Sonya Balmores: “I play Auran. I think my role in the city of Attilan is the head of the Royal Guard. I work closely with the king and queen. And, yeah, this experience is amazing. It’s my first Comic Con and obviously I’m a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe now so I’m thrilled.”
Mike Moh: “I play Triton in the series; I’m the green guy with the fish-like features. I’m a close confidante to the royal family and I’m kind of like the recon guy for Black Bolt. Anything that we need to be done stealth and cunning, I’m the guy that they go to. I’m fiercely loyal to my family and my king, and I’m freaking out right now! I’m fanboying this whole weekend.”
How long does the makeup take?
Mike Moh: “It takes about three to five hours every time so I had the earliest call times. One time a van picked me up at 1:18 in the morning and I had to film all day. But, we have a great team. Lots of weird, random conversations to fill those hours.”
Sonya Balmores: “And lots of good music.”
Do you have scenes with Lockjaw?
Sonya Balmores: […]“When we’re doing scenes with him, we just have to use our imagination. There’s nothing there. Lockjaw is this big Styrofoam statue. You’re just acting to a statue. So, it’s been super rewarding to know it’s coming together.”
How would you describe your character?
Ellen Woglom: “My character, Louise, she is the eyes and ears of the audience. People come to learn about this world of Inhumans and everything that’s going on and what’s going on in their world through my character, which I think grounds the show. It grounds the show having a human character like that. She works for an aerospace company. She’s incredibly bright. She’s incredibly driven. She’s a little socially inept. She’s someone who speaks before she thinks. I wouldn’t say she’s the most self-aware person but she’s a lot of fun. I think she’s an endearing character. She’s a lot of fun to play. She brings a lightness to the whole show, I hope.”
Louise was created for the series so how did you figure out how to approach her?
Ellen Woglom: “Well, it gives me a lot more freedom in some regard because I’m allowed to create her because she’s an original character. I’m not having to play someone who’s already been written before, that people have already seen, and that fans are attached to. I have a lot to play with and can find different layers and colors of her, and bring aspects of myself to this character that’s obviously not me and very different from me in a lot of ways. It gave me a lot more freedom to carve out and create a character that I would enjoy, someone that I’d like watching on TV. The writers were wonderful in writing the material that made my job really easy to play with and have fun with.”
This show has a very diverse cast. How does it feel to see so many different ethnicities represented?
Eme Ikwuakor: “In regards to that, we have to look at just 10 years ago. The amount of commercials that you would see that had an interracial (cast) just wasn’t happening. There’s issues that we have in regards to racism and sexism in this country but if you actually think about it, this is actually the best that we’ve actually been in the history of this country in regards to diversity and rights. We’re consistently working in that direction so especially being on TV and having families and representing families – families are made up in so many different ways. The thing I love about the show is that at no point do we ever mention race.”
Ken Leung: “We don’t comment on it.”
Eme Ikwuakor: “We don’t comment once. Not once do we do it. It’s not even a thing.”
Ken Leung: “I love that. I love that we’re a family and we’re so diverse and yet we’re family. I think that’s saying something.”
Within the Marvel world, what sets Marvel’s Inhumans apart?
Scott Buck: “I think with this show you can strip away the superpowers and basically watch this as a family drama. It’s a family that when we first come to them are in the midst of a crisis that is not only threatening to tear the family apart, but their entire civilization. They all do have superpowers but that’s not necessarily a big help to them in this sort of situation. It’s more so that they have to deal with these kind of situations the same way that we do. In fact, some of their superpowers are a hindrance because they’re used to relying on them to solve their problems. They’re just not working for them the way they would like to work for them in this situation. You can’t solve an emotional problem with a sonic voice.”
Watch the full interviews with Marvel’s Inhumans Ellen Woglom, Scott Buck, Ken Leung, Eme Ikwuakor, Mike Moh, and Sonya Balmores
(Interview by Fred Topel. Article by Rebecca Murray.)