Snowpiercer star Lena Hall has expressed her hopes for season 3 (Picture: TNT/Netflix)
Snowpiercer star Lena Hall has expressed her hope that Miss Audrey ‘hits a rock bottom’ in season three so that she can portray the burlesque performer’s road to recovery in an authentic way.
Season two of the dystopian thriller on Netflix sees Audrey go through an extremely transformative arc, having previously kept her cards very close to her chest.
In episode four of the latest series, it’s discovered that Audrey used to be the lover of Mr Wilford (Sean Bean), who manipulated her and forced her to endure emotional and physical abuse.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk on a recent Zoom call, Lena revealed that she’s had ‘a lot of people reaching out to me about their own stories and their own abusive relationships that they went through’, understanding ‘how difficult it is to say no or say goodbye to the abusers’.
Having depicted Audrey reunite with Wilford and ‘slip back into her addictions’, which include drinking, drugs and the creator of the eternal train himself, Lena wants Audrey to reach a point where she ‘has to do the work on herself’, having tried to ‘numb the pain of the revolution’.
‘I hope that she hits a bottom, that people see an emotional bottom, a rock bottom, and then a discovery of finally having to do the work herself on herself,’ the Broadway star said.
Lena didn’t know Audrey’s whole backstory while filming season 1 (Picture: TNT/Netflix)
‘That’s so important to me personally. I think it’s an important story to tell, it’s an important journey to tell, especially from abuse.’
The actor said that she believes that ‘there’s a lot of people out there who could relate to her current story’, as Audrey has made ‘poor choices’ while being perceived ‘as a bad guy’.
‘There’s a lot of us who’ve made really bad choices in the past and there’s a lot of people who are angry at someone because that person keeps making a bad choice, or the wrong choice in their eyes. They don’t understand why that person can’t control what they’re doing,’ she stated.
‘I’d like for her story to go on that journey and tell the story of recovery ‘cause that story is so important to see and to hear. And you know it’s not an easy story to tell because it’s not an easy thing to do. Recovery is very difficult.’
Lena added that it’s not only ‘important’ for viewers who have been in a similar situation to see a recovery narrative, but to also encourage people on ‘the other side’ of the situation ‘to have empathy and patience’ with loved ones ‘who are making bad decisions and can’t stop making bad decisions’.
Wilford weaves Audrey back into his web following his return (Picture: TNT/Netflix)
While Audrey may be regarded as a ‘bad guy’ in season two – having seemingly reverted back to Wilford’s side – Lena doesn’t believe that she’s bad to the core.
‘In my eyes the character isn’t actually a bad person – she’s a deeply traumatised human being,’ she said, explaining that Audrey previously took on the responsibility of acting as a therapist to the other passengers of Snowpiercer.
‘She’s been covering the trauma with what she wears, make-up, hair, or with what she does by healing other people. It’s a great way to kind of hide and mask your own pain by helping others,’ Lena outlined.
The actor added that she found it ‘interesting’ for Audrey’s storyline to depict her being ‘severed’ from the abuse she suffered prior to Wilford’s seven-year absence, before ‘having to face it head on again’ upon his return.
Lena speculates if Audrey is ‘playing a double game’ (Picture: TNT/Netflix)
In Lena’s opinion, Audrey ‘knew all along what was going to happen when Mr Wilford showed his face again’, knowing full well that former train leader Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) ‘had not a chance in hell against this god-like idol coming back’.
As to whether Audrey is actually pulling the wool over Wilford’s eyes, that remains yet to be determined as the cast continue filming season three in Canada.
‘In my mind, Miss Audrey is never fully on anyone’s side except for her own. She’s someone who – and she says to Layton in season two – she says it blatantly and is like, “I’m doing this for myself, not for anybody, but for me”,’ Lena stated.
‘Perhaps she is playing a double game or perhaps she is you know playing both sides or doing what she wants to do with her life. Perhaps she’s tired of fighting a fight.’
The actor believes that had Audrey decided to stay on Snowpiercer with Layton and the rest of his allies, then it ‘would have caused way more problems’ and ‘way more anger as far as Wilford is concerned, ‘cause all he really wanted was her back with him’.
‘So I think at the end of the day she made the decision because she felt she could be much more helpful as a confidante to this god than fighting against a losing battle,’ she said.
Snowpiercer is available to watch on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.