Over the course of the run of The CW collection The 100, at present in its seventh and ultimate season, Octavia Blake (Marie Avgeropoulos) has taken such a journey on her path to changing into the warrior and fighter that she is now. Her trajectory has at all times been shocking, generally surprising, and continuously evolving, and every part that she’s been via has formed her into this lady who now finds herself in an entire new world.
During this 1-on-1 cellphone interview with Collider, actress Marie Avgeropoulos talked about how laborious it was to finish the collection with out actually attending to say goodbye, with the manufacturing shut-down because of COVID, how usually she was shocked by Octavia’s journey, that she grew concurrently her character, how a lot the physicality of the function has empowered her, why she by no means wished to know what her character would do subsequent, whether or not she’s glad with the conclusion to Octavia’s story, and what she hopes to take dwelling from the set.
Collider: While you’ve been caught at dwelling, have you ever developed a routine for your self?
MARIE AVGEROPOULOS: Yeah, I’m making an attempt to ensure I follow considerably of a routine, 5 days per week. I purchased a Peloton, so now I’m on the Peloton, biking to nowhere. I’m gonna guarantee that I don’t acquire that 20 further COVID kilos, to the perfect of my potential. I’m making an attempt to go exterior, and gardening helps. It’s superior that the climate has warmed up ‘cause that’s undoubtedly boosting everybody’s morale, because it’s gotten a bit of brighter. I’m up in Canada, so when COVID first began, there was nonetheless snow on the bottom. I’m actually grateful that I can go exterior and not using a parka on.
After spending six seasons on a TV collection, what was it like to enter the seventh season, figuring out that you simply’re capturing the final season and that you simply’re saying goodbye to a personality in a world that you simply’ve lived in for thus lengthy?
AVGEROPOULOS: It was tough for me as a result of we didn’t actually get to say goodbye to 1 one other, or compartmentalize the truth that all of us spent seven years of our lives creating this excellent story of The 100, and we didn’t get to have a wrap social gathering or have a good time or actually say goodbye to 1 one other. That was the toughest factor for me. But I’m actually grateful that we completed the present.
Did you guys kind a bunch chat, in order that you may say goodbye, after every part shut down, because of COVID?
AVGEROPOULOS: No. It was identical to, “Okay, that’s a wrap. That’s it. That’s a forever wrap. And it’s also a forever wrap on your normal life.” It felt actually satirically serendipitous to be filming a faux apocalypse present for seven years, after which strolling into an actual life apocalypse. And though I performed Octavia Blake for thus lengthy, I nonetheless didn’t fairly really feel ready, as I’m positive many don’t proper now. It’s attention-grabbing to have to look at a narrative unfold on display screen, after which all of us are experiencing it collectively. Especially in these occasions, I’m so grateful for FaceTime and video calls and checking in on my mates. I at all times attempt to examine in on my mates that I do know are doing this solo of their homes, and possibly even don’t have pets. It’s good to examine in on everybody and simply guarantee that everyone seems to be hanging in there and making one another chortle.
When you shoot the ultimate season of a present like this, does it really feel totally different through the shoot? Did you attempt to do something to doc that it was the final season, or did you simply attempt to play every scene, as you shot it?
AVGEROPOULOS: I attempt to take every part at some point at a time, particularly with how the writers would at all times shock me, as an actress. The storyline, each week, was at all times fully totally different, one episode to the subsequent. We by no means knew what was coming down the pipe, so that actually made it satisfying and ever-changing. That allowed me to be fully inventive, with creating Octavia Blake, over these years, and making her as dynamic as potential. I wish to shock the viewers, however the writers have been additionally surprising me, each week, too.
What type of scene was the final scene that you simply shot, for the season?
AVGEROPOULOS: Without giving something away, I can’t even let you know who was with me as a result of then I’d be telling you who’s alive and who’s not. The factor that was thrilling to me was the truth that it warmed my coronary heart, figuring out that the present filmed 100 episodes. I’m actually happy with that achievement, and I’m so grateful that the followers have hung in there to affix us on this epic journey that’s actually taken me from my 20s into my 30s now. I’m actually grateful for that. And it completely got here full circle for me, with the way in which that I, as myself, would wish to wrap up Octavia’s story. I believe the followers are gonna like it.
What do you keep in mind about your first day on this present?
AVGEROPOULOS: I keep in mind my audition, which looks like a thousand years in the past, or I assume I might say 100 years in the past. When I auditioned for Octavia Blake, I actually jumped up on the chair within the audition room, which was simply marked by an X on the ground. That was a very very long time in the past. The fact is that Octavia grew up concurrently I did as a result of it was such a long term, enjoying her. I don’t actually watch the present a ton, to be sincere, ‘cause I don’t wanna give myself a fancy there. I am going there, I do my greatest, I put myself into the character, and I stroll away. That’s it. For me, that’s how I really feel like I can create the perfect artwork kind. But she has modified a lot, over time. I’m so grateful and grateful to (showrunner) Jason Rothenberg, and all the writers and crew which have supported the method of serving to me enable her to vary a lot, over time. They realized that I had athletic skills, they usually began writing to that and turned her right into a warrior. They turned her into a pacesetter that didn’t actually know easy methods to lead, however was confronted with all of those tough selections. I’m actually happy with the journey that Octavia and I’ve been on collectively.
The character and also you, consequently, have turn out to be one thing of a bad-ass, by being on this present. Has the physicality and the stunts that you simply’ve gotten to do been one thing that has felt very empowering for you?
AVGEROPOULOS: Yeah. I’ve at all times felt empowered, enjoying any sports activities. I grew up as a tomboy, and it’s no coincidence that Octavia grew to become the identical factor. I grew up enjoying basketball and volleyball. I’ve two Harley Davidson bikes. I like to journey horses. I play the drums. I like to snowboard lots. It’s actually cool, anytime I can use my athleticism in enjoying dramatic characters, on the identical time. I discover it rewarding.
Could you ever have pictured Octavia including midwife to her record of abilities, and that she would truly ship a child?
AVGEROPOULOS: No, however I’d describe Octavia, this season, as nurturing and elevated and self-actualized. It’s gonna be one other totally different layer and model of Octavia Blake, for the ultimate season.
What did you get pleasure from about attending to dig into the life that Octavia and Diyoza have been residing with Hope? What was it wish to work with the totally different actresses who have been enjoying Hope?
AVGEROPOULOS: It was my first time working with kids lots, and it was actually superb. They have been all so extremely proficient and candy. I don’t even assume they notice how good they’re at what they do, ‘cause they’re youngsters. It was actually attention-grabbing to work with an toddler baby. I needed to ask the kid’s actual mother easy methods to maintain it accurately. It made me nervous, to be sincere, as a result of I, myself, haven’t had to do this but.
Were you given an summary for what the season arc could be, or what Octavia’s journey on this final season could be, when the season began, or did it’s important to uncover that, as every script got here to you?
AVGEROPOULOS: I needed to uncover that, one step at a time, at some point at a time, for myself. Also, I by no means ask. I by no means wished to know what the long run would maintain for Octavia as a result of I like to find it, one web page of the script at a time.
What was your response to studying the place she would find yourself and the way her journey would conclude? Was it shocking to you? Did you’re feeling prefer it was a satisfying conclusion?
AVGEROPOULOS: Yes, I’m extremely glad with the way in which Octavia’s journey unfolded and goes to come back to an in depth. It’s a storyline, for her character particularly, that individuals haven’t seen coming but, and I’m excited to repeatedly shock them.
Are there storylines that you simply want you had gotten to spend extra time exploring, or characters that you simply want you’d gotten to see her work together with, however simply by no means have been capable of as a result of the story ended up going a distinct means?
AVGEROPOULOS: Working with an ensemble solid, as huge as The 100 solid had grown and turn out to be, it was tough to work with completely everybody. Who is aware of if I’m gonna stay or die, however in 100 episodes of The 100, I’ve at all times had the chance to maintain it recent, working with totally different actors and finally studying from one another. That was great for me. I don’t I ever had a one-on-one scene with Richard Harmon. I don’t wanna sound ungrateful, however I want I might have spent extra time with completely everybody, however it’s nearly inconceivable when a solid is that huge. But it additionally spices it up and retains it ever-changing.
Did you might have a favourite episode to shoot, this season?
AVGEROPOULOS: Yes. I used to be fortunate sufficient to do a stunt that I had by no means accomplished earlier than. Octavia is a warrior and a fighter, bodily and emotionally. She doesn’t quit. But this season, I obtained to study a brand new talent, on set, that did scare me a bit of, however it was actually enjoyable.
Did you get to take something dwelling from the set that you simply really feel represented the character for you?
AVGEROPOULOS: I did ask for Octavia’s sword. I’ve not acquired it but, however that’s what I would like.
The 100 airs on Wednesday nights on The CW.