The Cape: SideReel Interview with Summer Glau & James Frain

Thanks to NBC, SideReel's Kendra had the chance to interview The Cape stars Summer Glau and James Frain!

These two hardly need introduction, but just for good measure, you'll recognize Summer Glau if you've ever geeked out watching favs like Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, or Chuck among other great shows.

You'll recognize James Frain from films including Tron: Legacy and also as the fantastically evil guy on TV shows like The Tudors and True Blood.

In The Cape, Summer Glau plays Orwell, a mysterious woman who fights evil undercover and teams up with "The Cape"/Vince Faraday (played by David Lyons). Speaking of evil, James Frain plays billionaire businessman, Peter Fleming, who by night is bad guy "Chess" who has become The Cape's nemesis.

Check out Kendra's interview with Summer Glau and James Frain for the scoop on their characters and where they'll be headed in this exciting new superhero drama!

Kendra:
Both of you have had some awesome roles, what have been your favorites?

James:
My favorite is in The Cape! By day I play this charming, slightly ruthless, well, very ruthless, man and by night I'm a terrorist basically. It's fantastic to have the opportunity to play two different characters in one show. That was a good part of the deal.

Summer:
I am completely swept up in our world, in going to work everyday and creating these characters and I feel like there's nowhere else I'd rather be. It just feels like this is the role where I'm meant to be right now. And I feel like Orwell is inspiring me and we fit together. I'm thrilled that it worked out with this group of actors. I feel like I'm learning and growing a lot as an actress and we just have so much fun everyday, we really do.

Kendra:
For James, how does it feel to be evil so often in your TV roles?

James:
I've been on a little bit of an evil wave of late which has now as a result landed me in the most evil role that I've yet played. And all I can say is it's crazy fun. I don't know why it is…

Summer:
Because you're so good at it!

James:
That's what people say, but it's just fun!

Kendra:
In The Cape, how would you like to see your characters develop this season?

Summer:
Well Orwell is a very solitary, very mysterious character. She's been on her own since she was twelve years old. She's just fighting for what she believes in the only way she knows how. I would really love to see the girl inside of her come out. I would like to see what it is that made a young woman decided to give up her identity and live on her own to fight for something she believes in. I know that it's going to start coming out just little by little. We're telling the story in a really rich, complex way, so details will come out a little at a time.

James:
What's interesting about Peter Fleming, is that he is extremely powerful and very comfortable in a world of power. I would like to see what happens to a guy like that when he feels powerless and loses control. I think that they've started to develop that and I'm excited to see where that goes. They don't tell us, they just give us the scripts so we're finding out just ahead of everyone else, but I'm assuming we're going to see some vulnerable spots in this guy.

Kendra:
How do you feel about the reception of the first few episodes?

Summer:
So happy! And so relieved that it's on. We've been living with this story for almost a year and we've been pouring our hearts and souls into telling this story. The thing I was most excited about when it finally aired was that people stayed and they watched the two hours. It's hard now when there are so many things to watch, and you can constantly turn the channel and you can constantly fast forward, to have people be there in it for the two hours, was very exciting.

James:
I was just particularly relieved that the friends that I have who are really, really hard to please were genuinely really thrilled and excited by it and were calling throughout the night, and that was a really good feeling because when you get feedback from people who usually don't use those words, and that feedback's positive, it has an extra benefit. But we're just thrilled about it, and we're excited that we get to do more.

Don't miss all new episodes of The Cape on NBC Mondays at 9/8c!

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