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Anna Torv Talks Olivia Vs. Fauxlivia

Playing two characters from two alternate universes, without the goatee, can be challenging

It’s been kind of tough, but really fun.

Unlike her co-star Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv really does have to pull double duty on Fringe this season. While shes still being given the same amount of screentime, shes doing it as two different (but inherently similar) characters. And she even addresses the fact that its not really as simple as that.

I haven’t really had the chance to play the alternate Olivia properly for herself,” Torv said. “It’s been sort of our Olivia thinking that she’s the alternate Olivia and then the alternate Olivia pretending to be our Olivia, so it’s been a little bit tough to walk that line.

Torv clearly understands the differences and similarities in the two characters shes playing, which is very necessary in order to give something other than a cliched, one-dimensional performance in the storyline. When you start to see the other side solving cases … you realize theyre both just fighting their own cause and neither one is good or bad, and neither one is right or wrong.

Despite what general parallel universe rules would usually dictate, the other side isnt full of goatee-sporting evil (because they only wear black clothing, of course) doppelgangers — its just alternate versions of what we would consider real people.

These alternate versions — these mirror images of certain characters — actually create a deeper understanding of their other halves. There are some things they would do that wed never actually expect the version from our world to do, and then there are others that are just inherent personality traits no matter where they are.

Olivia and Fauxlivia have both “ended up in the same jobs, they’ve both ended up to the point where they even have the same partners,” Torv said. What I’ve found has been really interesting is … how clearly I am now seeing Olivia.

Its not a stretch to say the viewing audience may be feeling the same way.

“Fringe” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. It returns in November after the Major League Baseball playoffs.

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