By Prutha S. Patel (@PSPatel)
Tricia Helfer discusses joining the cast of Fox's Lucifer season 2, Charlotte/Mom's agenda, her relationship with her sons and more!
Congratulations on joining the cast of Lucifer! What were you most excited about when you got the news?
I was excited to play the character for sure. She has humor, grand standing, vulnerability, love, hate, revenge, strength, etc. So...like every single human being. Oh, Mom would hate that I said that! I had also heard that the set was a relaxed, nice place to work, which is always a bonus as well.
Had you seen the first season or aware of the show prior to the casting?
I actually had read the pilot script so I knew what the show was about, but I had not watched the season. I remember being intrigued by the script so I was excited to check it out when I got the offer. I quickly binged the entire season and thought it was great.
What has it been like working with this particular cast and crew?
It has been lovely, really. Sometimes it can be challenging to come into a show that is already going but that was not the case here. I was not the only newbie though, because Aimee Garcia had been added as the character, Ella Lopez as well. I know I can speak for both of us when I say that the cast and crew could not have been more welcoming. It really is a fun group of people that, as Tom (Ellis) has described before, take the job seriously but do not take ourselves too seriously.
Your character on Lucifer doesn’t just escape an ordinary prison. No, this is Lucifer after all, so she escapes her prison from HELL! Serious business! Does it get any less cool for you as more and more people say that out loud?
Well, we have not shot anything in "hell," so I am not sure exactly what I escaped from except a room with a chain that they showed in the finale of the first season. Although, I think it is more fun to say that I'm playing the goddess of all creation, over that I was imprisoned in hell. That gives me a giggle whenever I hear it.
Is there something in particular you’re psyched to have people see this season?
Hard to choose. Every episode script that I get sent, I continue to be intrigued by the character and get excited to shoot the scenes. First few episodes she was a bit of a fish out of water, trying to get used to being in human form. But where we are now filming, Mom has settled in and because of that, more of her plan starts to become apparent. We just finished episode 10 and I'm playing Charlotte in full attorney mode, covering as Mom formulating her plan.
Also considering the fact that she does escape from hell and perhaps may not be the most trustable since we don’t know her motives quite just yet, what would you say are some things that fans should keep in mind while watching the season?
Well, I do not know all her motives yet either. One of my goals with the character was to make the audience not know how to feel about her, and I think that has mostly come true with how people are perceiving her. Mom has a lot of layers, and just like with humans, things are not usually cut and dry. She can love her sons but also still want her life back. I honestly don’t know if she’ll turn out fully evil or if she's a loving mom on a mission, or if she is completely maternal to a fault. I don’t know, but I am having fun figuring it out as we go along.
Would you say she has an agenda of some sort? Would you say Lucifer & co. should be concerned about her?
She absolutely has an agenda. At this point I would say that I do not think Lucifer or Amenadiel should be concerned about her. She does love her children. But we are also talking about celestial beings here, and stakes can and may be raised pretty darn high because of.
We find out that Maze tortured her in hell, and just from that, there could understandably be some bad blood between them. Is there anything else you’re allowed to share about that relationship at this time?
There is certainly no love lost between these two. More from Maze than Mom, I think. Mom is the one Maze could never break, so that annoys her to no end. Mom knows Maze is dangerous, but she also knows she is the superior being and really doesn't give a rats a** what Maze thinks of her. That being said, they are both on earth and having to deal with each other. They both know the other means something to Lucifer and plays a role in his life – it is not like they can be attacking each other left and right.
What made playing a character like this such a unique experience for you? She basically broke up with God!
It has been a great experience. Yes, I am playing God's ex-wife, goddess of creation, but it's a show based loosely off of a comic book. We have fun with it. We strip away the celestial being aspect of it and at it is core it's a show about a dysfunctional family's relationships and the relationships around Lucifer.
Charlotte Richards presents a great opportunity to not only cover the background storyline with Lucifer himself, but also the way the “host” person died. What were you most excited in terms of both of those storylines?
Where we are now in filming, the two are starting to merge. The majority of the time, I am Mom, but getting to slip into Charlotte mode once in a while helps mix things up for me. So far we have not delved too deeply into Charlotte. The show is about Lucifer, so his interaction with her is going to be as his Mom, not as Charlotte. Although having to "hide" that fact a few times has been the source of some comedy!
And lastly, anything else you’d like to say to those reading and watching?
Just to sit back and enjoy. This is not a show about the bible, nor is it a replication of the comic book. It is its own thing that loosely follows both. The show, I feel, has a great mix of heartfelt drama and quirky humor. It has a particular tone that not a lot of shows have. Many times its attempted but it’s so easy to just miss the mark. I think with Lucifer, they have found the right tone for an entertaining show that does not take itself too seriously.