'American Gods': Emily Browning on Playing a Revolutionary Dead Wife
“Please don’t tell me that she’s the heart and soul of the show. Because I’ve heard that so many f—ing times.”

How would you describe Laura’s life before she met Shadow? She’s essentially just kind of treading water. I definitely wouldn’t call her depressed. She’s not fragile in any way. She’s just numb. Like, she stopped feeling. She doesn’t care. One of the first times you see her, she’s in her hot tub and sprays super-toxic bug spray and she’s essentially huffing. A few people even on the crew said to me, “Is she getting high or is she trying to kill herself?” and I’m like, “You know what? I think it’s kind of either or. She doesn’t really care.”

What is it like to play someone who doesn’t care? It’s really fun for me because almost every character I’ve played has been kind of internal and self-aware and empathetic. It’s a real challenge to play a character who couldn’t care less about anyone else’s feelings and has very few feelings of her own. She almost verges on sociopathic sometimes.


“It is hard to articulate the way that feels. You know, I’m putting on tights and it feels like I’m putting on something like I used to when I took dance class. But then, you get the cape and I turn around and look in the mirror and I see the “S” and something clicks inside. And there’s… it just really does transform… internally. It’s hard… it’s impossible not to feel empowered and to feel hope and strength and brave when I’m wearing it. I feel like a different person.” – Melissa Benoist on how was it when she first put on the Supergirl costume.