Bleak and Dark New York City through the Eyes of @d_belov
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“Everyday I find special moments happening on the streets of New York—a photo shoot for ‘Batman’ on the Brooklyn Bridge, or a movie set on Fifth Avenue. Even on bleak days I could show the dynamic life in the city. These things all inspire me,” says Instagrammer Dmitry Belov (@d_belov) who moved from Volgograd, Russia to New York six months ago. “I see New York through the movement of people, cars, and events. The roads of New York are mysterious, and they mesmerize me.”
What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.
I want to avoid becoming too styled, too 'done' and too generic. You see people as they go through their career, and they just become more and more like everyone else. They start out with something individual about them, but it gets lost. - Emma Watson
What’s the craziest fan interaction you’ve ever had? I remember one time, years ago, I was in London, and there was a girl, who was a huge “Angel” fan, who knew I’d be there. She told me while I was taking a break, eating chicken fingers, that she had been saving money to get here and hadn’t eaten in two weeks. So I gave her my chicken fingers.
How did she respond? We talked for a little while. She was sweet and was crying the whole time. I don’t think it was me. She was mostly hungry.
How about with a “Person of Interest” fan? I was at the drugstore and doing self-checkout. The scanner kept saying that I was not doing it right and talking back to me. A guy leaned in to me and said, “Root, why isn’t the machine helping you?”
Now that Finch has stepped back a bit, is Root the new leader of the Machine gang? Is she calling the shots now?
Well, I think she’s definitely the Machine’s champion, so at least now while everybody’s in hiding, and just starting to figure out the Machine’s still aware and still has a plan, I think she’s there to make sure everyone knows that we have the Machine, and we still have to fight for her.
Is her relationship with the Machine evolving? Is she still her own person, or is she just becoming an extension of the Machine?
It’s interesting, because I think you can see that we’ve all had to lay low for a little bit, and I think that it’s exciting to find out what’s Root having to do without having all of the information she was once given. She’s having to make decisions on her own as well, so how does that shape up?
So obviously the Machine went too far for Finch when it said they had to kill a Congressman. Could it ever go too far for Root? Could it ask her to do something she’s not willing to do?
You know how it seemed like, with the speech that I gave [Finch] at the beginning of the season… I do believe that life is worth fighting for. But also, I keep telling him that sacrifices have to be made if we’re going to win this. There’s really no other choice. So I think that would be an exciting thing to explore, as the season goes on — if something were to happen that made Root question that. But as of now, she’s staying strong [and believing] that the Machine can do no wrong.
In fact, the Machine had to pull Root back, when it put her in the mental institution and tried to teach her that killing is wrong.
Yes. We really showed the transformation and what had happened with her last season — the journey, and everything that being faced with the Machine and learning the lessons the Machine was trying to teach her [meant]. It seems that that really came full circle, and Root… started to think about [the ethics of killing.] And it basically said the opposite of what I’d always believed. It was like, ‘Oh. People do change.’ She’s definitely learned something from this…. There was a turning point, probably around episode 17 last year, when she has to decide between stopping Decima and saving a guy’s life, and she ultimately chose to save the guy’s life. And I think any time before that, that would not have been the choice she made. And I sort of was talking about [Root’s past, and how she’s] definitely done bad things… So I think now that [Root’s] thinking about not killing, that’s a big difference.
IGN: You’ve also gotten to do some really badass things on this show, like hold two guns and shoot enemies without even looking.
Acker: It is really so much fun. [laughs] I’m like “Can I do that part again? Where I don’t look but I shoot the guy?” And you know sometimes we’ll have new directors come in and they’ll be like “Well don’t you need to do it this way?” You know, because they haven’t gotten the whole backstory about the things I’ve done in the past. So one was like “I don’t know if she can have two guns” and I was like, “Of course she can have two guns. I’d love two guns!”
IGN: We didn’t see any of it in the premiere last week, but can we expect to see Root in action soon?
Acker: I think there’s some fun action coming up from Root, yes. I’m still trying to keep everybody laying low but it’s hard to stay out of trouble in this particular world.
TVLINE | Remind me, has the show ever indicated in which gender Root’s romantic interests lie?
Well…. There’s definitely a lot of flirtation with Shaw. They’re not shying away from that, so that seems to suggest that she definitely likes her. But one time, I think it was Episode 17, I broke this guy out of jail and he helped me by posing as a delivery man and getting information for me, and as he was leaving to run from the police, I kissed him as I walked away. It seemed a little flirtatious. It seems like she’s not tied to one gender or the other, but I think her No.1 crush is definitely Shaw.
TVLINE | Do you and Sarah Shahi have fun leaning into that notion?
We do. We’re always looking at the script like, “I’m sure they meant it this way….” It’s fun because you can play it like I’m flirting with her just to mess with her, or because I know that it annoys her…. It does seem like the underlying truth is that they actually do care for each other. They’ve really gone out of their way to make sure that the other one is OK, in situations where their lives are in danger.
TVLINE | Lastly: What kind of TV does Amy Acker like to watch?
Oh, geez…. The problem with making TV is you don’t get as much time to watch it as you would like to. But I love Orphan Black — Tatiana Maslany is great –and I like True Detective, and I’m very excited to see [POI exec producer] Jonah [Nolan]‘s new show [HBO’s Westworld], when it inevitably gets picked up.