In the fifth and final season of GOTHAM, Thursday nights on Fox, Camren Bicondova’s Selina Kyle is well on her way to becoming Catwoman, just as Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) continues his journey into being Batman. This year, Selina stabs the Joker-like Jeremiah Valeska (Cameron Monaghan). She thinks she’s killed him, but in GOTHAM, even the most determined assassination attempts can go awry.
The makers of GOTHAM have announced that the series finale will jump ahead ten years, showing all of the iconic characters in their full glory. Meanwhile, Bicondova talks about Selina’s evolution.
ASSIGNMENT X: Selina has come quite a long way even before the ten-year jump. Obviously, we know she’s becoming Catwoman, but have there been any things about her that have surprised you about her along the way?
CAMREN BICONDOVA: Not necessarily a surprise, just because, over time, I got to know her well enough to kind of anticipate what was going to happen, even though she’s very unpredictable. But what caught me off-guard the most was the episode [“Pena Dura”] where she was drinking, and she was drunk, and she said some really mean things to Bruce. That caught me off-guard a little bit, because I have never thought it in her character to be a drinker, because in my back story for her, she’s always made it a point to not drink, and not do that. But then again, she had just killed somebody, so we all do crazy things.
AX: When GOTHAM jumps ahead ten years, do you think Selina guesses that Bruce is the masked vigilante, or do you think she’s going to be so into her own agenda that she doesn’t wonder about that?
BICONDOVA: She’s definitely smart enough to know that it’s him. Even if she doesn’t connect the vigilante to Bruce, she knows that Bruce is back in town. She’s definitely smarter than she puts on, I think.
AX: In showing that Selina is going to become Catwoman, they’ve had scenes of her befriending actual cats. How do you feel about working with animals? Are you ever worried about being upstaged by the cats?
BICONDOVA: Oh, no. You never worry about being upstaged by anything in a scene, because as long as you’re present in the moment, it all works out for the best. I worked with cats a lot more in the first two seasons, and it was difficult because I was filming outside, on an exterior location, so there were trains everywhere, and I’d have to hold the cat. So there’s never a worry of being upstaged by a cat, more so just making sure that it still feels safe.
AX: Over GOTHAM’s five seasons, do you have any favorite scenes or episodes?
BICONDOVA: I love every episode of Season 5. I love the arc that Selina got with her mother in Season 3, and I love everything that I got to do as an actor in Season 5. The writers really pushed me this season, because they knew what I was capable of, and they knew what would be fun for me, and what I could do, so they just really pushed my limits. And I think it’s turned out really great for everybody.
AX: Did you have to gear up for the scene where Selina stabs Jeremiah, or by that time, did you feel like, “Agh, I hate Jeremiah, stabbing him will be easy”?
BICONDOVA: Oh, no. When I read the script, I knew that it was going to be intense. When I read the script, I knew that I was going to have to mentally prepare for it, but when it actually came time to shoot it, I had forgotten to prepare for that day, so I got to set, and I realized, “Oh, my goodness, I have to do that scene today.” And it was intense. I mean, Cameron was a great partner, the director was amazing, I was sobbing between every take, and I had to stop crying the moment he said, “Action.” So it was definitely intense, but we got it done.
AX: You’re turning twenty this year, so you’ve spent a fourth of your life working on GOTHAM. Do you have any other projects going on we should know about?
BICONDOVA: My life. Just life.
AX: Are you worried that any acting project that comes next will not live up to GOTHAM?
BICONDOVA: Not necessarily “worried.” Nothing will ever compare to GOTHAM, because GOTHAM is its own entity, and GOTHAM is just so unique. So I’m not worried about anything not living up to it, I’m just excited for whatever does come around, [which] will be right, and will be a blast, because I was able to enjoy this experience that is GOTHAM.
This interview was conducted at Fox Networks’ party for the Winter 2019 Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour.
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