Pop Confidential: Gwen has had an incredibly emotional journey so far in Torchwood: Miracle Day. Not only is she trying to save the world, but also her family, often times at cross purposes. As a mother in real-life have you ever wondered what you would do if you found yourself in Gwen Cooper’s particularly badass shoes?
No [Pauses] [Laughs]. I don’t actually think I can phrase that any stronger. Absolutely, not. I find it very difficult, I mean I just finished work maybe half an hour ago, from doing 13 hours today, and every second of it aches my body when I’m away from my little girl. On the other hand, I’m working an hour up the road, doing a little drama, whereas Gwen Cooper has to see the bigger picture and save the world—for her little girl—everyday. If she doesn’t do what she does to the best of her ability, well then her little girl will suffer in the end. Unfortunately for Gwen Cooper, she doesn’t have a choice. She has to go ahead and kick ass. Fortunately for the human race Gwen Cooper and Jack Harkness are on their side [Laughs].
PC: American audiences embraced Dr. Who and Torchwood long before the BBC partnered with Starz for Torchwood: Miracle Day, but this is the first installment in the mythology filmed and set largely outside of the U.K. How has that experience been for you as a Welsh actress and for the character of Gwen?
For myself, I have a beautiful daughter of my own, a little baby, and a partner, who is also an actor and a dog. I have my own family. Taking off for Los Angeles was of course a dream come true; It was wonderful, but the reality and the actual nitty gritty of it was that my partner had to give up work for a year to look after our daughter, and my daughter had to do two long haul flights, and my dog…I had to set up home in a completely different country, which was very much like Ms. Gwen Cooper. It’s kind of strange how life imitates art sometimes, you know [Laughs]? It was wonderful and given the chance, I’d go back and do it again in a heartbeat.