Given that you've both appeared in science-fiction roles before, what was the particular appeal of The Cape for you?
Summer: "For me, it was the cast. I love ensemble casts because I feel like I get to experience a lot of different kinds of actors. From the first table-read, I knew that I was really going to grow and I was going to be pushed as an actress. That was the main appeal."
James: "For me, it was because I'm playing two guys. Basically he's someone with a split personality which means that there's the bad guy in the day time and the [different] bad guy in the night time. That was a fun idea - the idea of playing one guy who is two guys."
You both play quite mysterious characters on the show. Are we going to find out more about them as the series continues?
James: "You're going to find out little bits as we go along. We're going to give you just enough to keep you hooked!"
Summer: "That's how we do it."
James: "That's how we roll."
Orwell often goes undercover, while Fleming has a double identity. Is it fun having that variety with your characters?
James: "Yeah, it is fun. The whole show is fun. My hope is that it's as fun for the audience to watch as it is for us to make. Even when we get the scripts every week, it's just very exciting. With the comic book genre and the fun that we're having with the characters, there's a lot there that we really enjoy about it."
What is it like working with David Lyons on the show?
Summer: "I adore him. I can't imagine anyone else tackling this role. I'm so proud to be working with him. He has so much strength and integrity. He's incredibly humble and it really translates into his role. It's this man who just wants to love his family and wants to do what's right, and then he's put in this position where he's having to make life-and-death decisions every moment. I just think that he's handling it with a lot of grace. I believe him as a hero."
James: "He just radiates goodness, which is very irritating! I just want to crush it out of him!"
Are you jealous of David's superhero outfit?
James: "Well, we do have our own costumes. He might be jealous of us!"
Summer: "I get more costume changes, so I'm not jealous!"
James: "You do, you have a lot of disguises!"
Summer: "I do!"
James: "I have a rather snazzy get-up for the bad guy. I've got a mask and creepy contact lenses in the shape of chess pieces. I also have this groovy, sort of '80s rock star maroon jacket. It's very exciting!"
Were either of you comic book fans before starting work on the show?
Summer: "I'm such a beginner! Being around our writers and the creator of our show, who loved comics from childhood, I feel like I'm learning a lot! Being in this world has inspired me to learn my comics, but I'm new! I love The Cape!"
James: "The Cape is a really good comic! They invented the whole character and now they've built a book of The Cape for the show. When I was a kid, I used to love Batman and I loved Spider-Man. My favourite was this guy called Judge Dredd. I know they made a movie of that in the '90s. They're remaking it, so if you know anyone there or if there's anything you can do to help out, I'm available!"
Are there any comic book characters that you'd be interested in playing?
James: "We want to do a remake of He-Man and She-Ra. Summer wants to be He-Man."
Summer: "We'll negotiate."
James: "Talks are ongoing!"
Do you think the show strikes the right balance in its combination of fantasy and reality?
Summer: "I do. I love to be entertained and I love to be transported to a different world when I'm watching TV or a movie. But what I really believe in with what we're doing is that it's a heightened reality but you can picture yourself being in with these people, because they're real people. Our motivation and what we're going through is coming from a real place."
James: "In my case, it's unremitting hate and evil. It's real inside!"
What can you reveal about events in future episodes?
James: "I'm getting a little love action. He's getting some action, but I can't say any more than that!"
Summer: "Orwell is very mysterious and very closed-off. She doesn't like to let anybody in, but right now we're shooting an episode where there's a big reveal for Orwell. We find out about her past and why a girl like her ended up leaving a normal life behind and going underground to fight for something she believes in. It's very unusual and I'm having a great time revealing her truth."
The Cape continues on Mondays at 9/8c on NBC.
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