Torchwood star Eve Myles talks to Russell Baillie about the wild ride that the sci-fi show has given her.
What was your initial reaction when you were told the fourth series would be this US-UK mega-production?
I was eight months pregnant at the time. Thank God I couldn’t drink, I would have been drunk for a fortnight. It was absolutely crazy … .and for me and John Barrowman to be involved and not to recast characters was a testament to the producers y’know? It’s been an amazing ride. Taking it over to Hollywood there was a massive sense that “okay it’s the fourth series but we need to make it as if it was the first. We need to make it massive” and hopefully that is what we have achieved.
Had you wanted to do a fourth season anyway?
Once you are on a drama for such a long time, especially for a fourth season, you kind of know what you are going to be doing. You kind of know what to expect and it stops challenging you and it becomes a little stale and that is why most series don’t go over four and five. Because no one really wants to do it anymore. But luckily Julie [Gardner, producer] and Russell keep scaring the arse off me and John, so we love it.
Quite aside from the new setting, a largely new supporting cast must have made it feel new too.
Yeah, that’s such a help having fresh blood come in and have them enjoy it with us, especially this year with the cast. I hope I got my lines out okay because I was so starstruck most of the time. Like, Lauren Ambrose [from Six Feet Under who plays scheming PR consultant Jilly Kitzinger], I think she’s literally got an injunction out on me because all I did was stand by her and stare. I’m a complete fangirl myself, pretending to be cool.
Wales has had some famous exports to Hollywood over the years but what has the success of Torchwood done for Wales?
Yeah, it’s really put it on the map, massively. The Welsh tourist board can’t be more grateful because Torchwood uses the shots of the coastline, the mountains – and all the aliens we have and all the deadly goings on. It’s also shown who the Welsh are, making the Welsh as real as possible on telly. We are not this stupid comedy nation. We are a bunch of smart, proud, passionate people who love showing off their country.