Sophia Myles on the Moonlight Finale
The sexy Brit talks to us about vampires, striking writers and Doctor Who.
Sophia Myles has had a pretty good year. When it was decided to re-work the pilot of Moonlight she was offered the job and, three days later, she was on the set. At the time things were chaotic and very much in motion, but her gamble has paid off as the series has found tremendous success. One of the few new shows this season to improve in the ratings and gain a devoted cult following, Moonlight has also recently won a People’s Choice Award. This Friday’s episode is the last episode that was shot before the writers went on strike, and stands as the season finale. We were part of a conference all with some press and Myles (whose first name is actually pronounced “Sof-eye-ah”) to talk about her show.
“For me, being a part of this show has been incredible,” Myles said. “And I never knew what I was getting myself involved in. It’s evolved into something so incredible. I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. They offered me this job and I had 24 hours to make a decision. I got on a plane and left my life in London and came her and kind of started shooting three days later. It was all very last minute. I was kind of winging it at the beginning. It just started to evolve because Alex and I have such a great working rapport together. We really just fire off each other – the “MickBeth” thing, as the fans like to call it, started to develop…And she’s developed as we’ve gone along really.
But with the show growing, getting picked up for a full season (that it might be able to shoot if the strike ends sooner than later) and gaining a devoted audience, Myles feels comfortable with Beth. “I know it now. I get her now. I love it when they write humor into it for the two of us, because both Alex and I love doing comedy. So that’s always exciting when they give me that. I don’t like it when they give me a gun, I don’t want to do that again. It makes me feel very uncomfortable. It’s great fun.”
With Moonlight’s fan base growing into a devote cult following, with websites popping up devoted to the show, it seems that Myles’ experience on another show may have proved useful. Myles guest starred on the British cultural sensation Doctor Who, starring opposite David Tennant in an acclaimed episode titled “Girl in the Fireplace.” When asked whether this experience prepared her for what Moonlight has become, Myles said “Yes. I’ve done quite a few science fiction pieces, Underworld, Thunderbirds and Doctor Who. And I know that the fanbase for that kind of genre is so huge and very powerful. They love me, and the science fiction fans are the best in the world.” As for whether or not she’d return to Doctor Who – “Well, I feel so happy that that episode was the one that I did, because it was so magical and special. I feel like to go back – I don’t know if it could ever be as fabulous as that. When you’re in a band when you leave when you have a hit song – you don’t want to drag it out. I’d be greedy to go back for more.”
The upcoming episode will serve as the current season finale. Myles was hesitant to give away too much, but promised that fans would be left wanting more. “The last two episode, 11 and 12, are so powerful. Twelve…talk about leaving you hanging. You’ll know what I mean when you see it, I don’t want to ruin anything. It was so frustrating for that to be the last one that we shot. I said ‘guys we can’t finish here!” There’s definitely a story left to tell. I want to do more. We need to – it’s not over. You’ll see.”
With the writers’ strike in full swing, ever show has been impacted in a different way. With a show like Moonlight, which has lots of secrets and a growing mythology, it seems that being writer-less could be daunting. “We were pretty much done,” Myles says, referring to when the strike began. “There was one instance right at the end where writers were outside and we were finishing up. But we didn’t have any problems. I’m an out of towner and I came into this and didn’t know what everyone was fighting about in the first place. I kind of had to catch up. But they have to figure it out.”
She added that “The thing about Moonlight is that there’s never been a master plan. That’s what’s fascinating about this show, it has really been a very organic process. It literally evolved day in and day out. It’s interesting and quite scary doing it that way but it’s also quite exciting at the same time. Because week to week no one knows what the hell is going on, except that we just get better and better. We won the People’s Choice Award for best new drama, and Joel Silver told me that Alex and I are in the running for TV Guide’s “Sexiest Couple” on American television. We’re honored because we’re from out of the country, so that’s really thrilling.”
In fact, however, there’s a love triangle that includes Mick and Beth and her boyfriend Josh. That was, at least, until Josh met some tragic circumstances. “When I read the script I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, I thought you were going to end the relationship, but it didn’t have to be this much…'” she says. “She was so desperate because there was so much unfinished business. She’d never been quite entirely honest with Josh because she’d been having an emotional affair with Mick for the past God knows how many episodes. She didn’t want Josh to die in that moment. So I said to the writers, even if you turn him, it’s going to be a nightmare. I think if she thought about it seriously, turning him would have been a mistake. But she just didn’t want him to go in that instant. So I think the emotional breakdown that she had is that it’s all too much. It’s complicated just as a human getting involved with another human. But getting involved with a vampire – you’re taking on a lot. Having an affair with a vampire is a bit of a mind-mess. And then your boyfriend dies…it’s a lot.”
Moonlight airs Friday, January 18th at 9pm ET/PT.