Snowpiercer’s Lena Corridor previewed ‘Explosive’ Audrey / Wilford Reunion and a Très Spécial efficiency
Miss Audrey has been singing the blues since Mr. Wilford reappeared – and the Snowpiercer (TNT, 9 / 8c) this Monday will be delving into the darker reasons why.
The last time we tuned in, the Night Car’s manager and premiere entertainer looked a bit shaky, shuffling through to greet the horde crowding into their cabaret as Snowpiercer shut down numerous cars to drive through a dangerous climb. And while the newly minted Detective Till copied it as Miss Audrey, who like so many passengers “cracks”, there is a certain reason for her spiral, since the Tony Award-winning Broadway vet Lena Hall, who plays the enigmatic chanteuse, participates in this TVLine question and answer.
TVLINE | When they got everyone to the night car to prepare for this big climb, Miss Audrey wasn’t looking particularly good. She seems to be straying a bit from her game. What’s happening?
You know there’s a lot to unzip. There is a lot going on. Everyone else is just running around trying not to let things happen and she inevitably knows what is actually going to happen so it really weighs on her.
Not only that, she has such a past with Wilford (played by Sean Bean) that we’ll see more of it in episodes 4 and 5, and she just doesn’t know how to deal with him being there. She doesn’t know what will happen when she sees him again and knows everything that happened.
TVLINE | It sounds like her connection with him is a bit more than knowing what his favorite whiskey is.
Right. There is a lot and she knows it is coming. I would compare it to the people who knew this pandemic was happening while everyone else was walking around not really understanding how bad it was going to be.
TVLINE | In this week’s promo, it looks like she’s being asked to do something she doesn’t want. She fears it will “open Pandora’s box”.
Oh yeah. A lot is asked of her and she knows her weak points. She basically can’t stop which is inevitable and she won’t be happy with it.
TVLINE | It feels like Wilford’s return really flipped a switch on Miss Audrey because she’s been cool as a pickle until now.
Yes. She had her night car, her strength. Her purpose in life basically changed when she left this station and she found a new purpose, a wider horizon, a better life for herself. She has dealt with everyone else’s problems and never her own. She has no one to go to. Basically, she has never dealt with her own demons and her own life and now all of a sudden she is faced with it directly.
TVLINE | Give us a taste of what it’s like when Miss Audrey and Wilford see each other for the first time.
It’s like explosive fire. I would compare it to two people who mix the absolute worst together.
TVLINE | Meanwhile, Zarah (Sheila Vand) herself leans into a dark curve while Josie is still alive. Is that something Miss Audrey will get a feel for? They seemed to be friends in season 1.
Well, Zarah worked in the night car and she was very close to her workers. Miss Audrey has taught Zarah everything she knows, and between them and at this point there is some kind of “therapist / patient” thing going on. But Audrey has no more bandwidth for it. In episode 2, she snapped at Zarah because she just can’t take care of her problems. It’s like, “Zarah, you have bigger fish to fry. Just stay safe. “Again, because Miss Audrey knows what’s coming around the corner and knows it’s going to be terrible for everyone.
TVLINE | Heard we’ll get a special song from you in episode 5. What can you say
Yes. I was lucky enough that the team really hugged my music and other parts of me. They did their research and allowed me to infuse Miss Audrey with a lot more of the things I did as a kid, and I think that’s pretty cool. So for episode 5, they basically used my voice to tell a story. They used to license a few of my covers, but here they were asking for original music. I had been working on an original album a long time ago and it stalled, but I had a number of demos and they picked one they loved and it started that project again. But they asked me to record it in French …
TVLINE | And what language did Lena Hall learn in high school?
Spanish and failed terribly. [Laughs] But I did a lot of research to make sure it is almost how a native French speaker would sing. My dad is fluent in French so I let him translate the lyrics and then I found a French singer who helped me translate that into a song because it’s very different when you have to sing something phonetically. I recorded the song and will release it on [February] 15th and it will be on the show for the next week.
TVLINE | If you are telling a story while you sing it almost sounds like a Moulin Rouge moment for the show.
Somehow yes. I don’t want to reveal anything, but she has already established herself as a performer and she has already established herself as a kind of muse, but here we hear all these different sides of her and her voice. It is very funny.
I think it’s great that they asked me for an original because it triggered this album again, and I’m so grateful for that because I’ve only been doing covers for the longest time. I had a rock band called The Deafening and we all did original music, but it was like classic rock. I was working on it [solo] Album off with the guitarist, but then the band broke up as everyone moved to different parts of the country. But now those beautiful songs that never saw the light of day are coming back and they are more relevant than ever.
TVLINE | After all, I have a feeling we saw Miss Audrey almost exclusively in the night car. Will we see them elsewhere this season? Perhaps for the first time interacting with characters other than Wilford?
Certainly. It is much more there. And one of the best things about Miss Audrey that she magically comes up with the best outfits …
TVLINE | It’s funny, I asked myself in season 1, who packed all these fancy fabrics? Once upon a time there was a dancer in a night car who wore a bird costume or something. When I get on a train for the apocalypse, I grab all my sweatpants and jeans.
[Laughs] Good, [Snowpiercer] should be a luxury liner. And the night car was originally supposed to be a very nefarious car, a place where everyone used drugs and drank. And Miss Audrey sang and entertained, but was also a kind of concubine who led her harem of women and men and those who have not yet made up their minds. We’re joking that Miss Audrey has an entire train carriage that’s just her dressing room!
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