Mira Sorvino is back on the small screen in not one, but two TV series this summer. First, she battled the Espheni and skitters on TNT's Falling Skies. Now, she's starring in BBC America's very creepy Intruders, based on the eponymous novel by Michael Marshall Smith, as a mysterious woman named Amy Whelan, who may have had a previous life − or two or three.
When she goes missing, her husband Jack (John Simm), a former LAPD cop turned author, goes in search of her. The mystery heightens when Jack's childhood friend, Gary Fischer (Tory Kittles), now an attorney, asks for his help on a murder case. As Jack investigates, he discovers not only that the two cases entwine, but he stumbles on a secret society known as Qui Reverti, which happens to be devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. Intrigued yet?
Before the premiere of Intruders gets underway this Saturday, Sorvino helped us unravel some of the strange mysteries of the show, shared her thoughts on her character, and gave us some good teases to keep watching. . .
Do you consider Intruders horror or thriller? Because the pilot is more creepy than anything else...
I would say it is a thriller with horror elements, but I would not classify it as horror because I think horror has a different goal in a way. Ultimately, I would call this a paranormal thriller, star-crossed love story, and conspiracy-theory film spread out over eight episodes.
What could we compare it to?
I don't think you can compare it. Honestly, I think it's its own new breed of genre. . .The longer you watch, it will spread way beyond just genre fans because it's really about the things that concern us most as human beings on the planet − love and death. How far would you go to protect or save someone you love to get them back? Would you kill for them? Would you die for them? And, then, what happens when we die? Is there a certainty that we could come back? Is there another life? Can we live again?. . .
Amy's role in the pilot isn't huge, so how did they talk you into this?
I'm going to tell [executive producer] Glenn Morgan that. It seems to have been reconfigured a little bit to make the pilot as chilling and as fast-moving as possible, but the role is much, much, much bigger as you go forward.
After I watched the first episode, I wanted to run out and get the book because I wanted answers. How soon will we start to get some of those answers?
You get answers in the second episode, more in the third, and more and more as you go on. But like the character Jack, who's found himself dropped into the middle of this mystery via the missing wife, you will learn as he learns. You'll get more and more pieces of the big picture, but you won't really know everything until the last episode and then that's really the tip of the iceberg.
There's mention that the size of the European church organ chimes might have something to do with eternal life. Does religion play a part in this? Is Qui Reverti anything like Dan Brown's Opus Dei from The Da Vinci Code?
Well, I would say that thus far Qui Reverti is not connected to any religious group that we know of. It's more like its own enclosed cosmology; its own mythology that the book creates.
What is it that you're looking forward most to people seeing?
My role has the most surprises in it. There's a lot that's going to happen that I'm part of in the story. I think it's really something that people won't necessarily expect having seen other performances of mine. I think it goes into a new dimension for me, which I'm very excited about.
You joined the cast of Falling Skies in Season 4. What drew you to that?
Well, I was very excited to work for Mr. Spielberg. I had never done that before and I was kind of honored by the invitation, and I'm friends with his people over at TNT. It just seems like a fun sojourn into true science fiction. But I love the character. The character on that is really, really fun. She's very ballsy and kind of unpredictable, but very likeable.
You followed your dad [Paul Sorvino] into the business. What if one of your four kids wants to follow you into the business? Are you okay with that?
We don't really want them to, but we're sort of perhaps resigned to the idea that maybe at least one of them will.
In addition to acting, you've done a lot of work with Amnesty International and the United Nations as a result of the Lifetime miniseries, Human Trafficking? Are you still working with them?
I do a lot of advocacy on U.S. legislation, anti-trafficking legislation, which is sort of outside the purview of my UN duties, but it's been a great thing to be able to have a voice and an influence on something I care deeply about. I try not to let it take me away from my family too much, but I also think it's important that my kids see that their mom is committed to trying to do something larger than just things that gratify me and earn money. I also want to do things that are good for other people, and I want them to do this sort of service as well.
'Intruders' premieres Saturday, August 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America.