British actress Lara Pulver has a new show on the way in April – playing a sort of Renaissance-era Jackie Kennedy — Clarice Orsini — in Starz’s “Da Vinci’s Demons,” but if the BBC and PBS series “Sherlock” has need for another Irene Adler appearance, she is open to returning.
“The response has been quite enormous to be honest,” Lara told AccessHollywood.com, earlier this month as she promoted David S. Goyer’s “Da Vinci’s Demons,” referring to how fans have taken to her dominatrix “Sherlock” character, who matched wits with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes.
“Absolutely… if the potential is there for the character to return,” she told Access during our interview at the Television Critics Association Winter Tour 2013, in Pasadena, Calif., when asked if she would go back.
“She is alive. He did save her,” Lara said of how Irene’s storyline ended in Season 2 of the runaway hit. “Then, it would be an absolute pleasure to return.”
Lara had some very intimate scenes with Benedict in “Sherlock” and she said filming those helped them grow closer and create the chemistry between the two actors on the show.
“When you’re having to be that intimate with someone, barriers just come down because you’re having to trust that person, you’re having to feel very safe in their presence. And he was such a gentlemen and having just done ‘Frankenstein’ himself on stage, where he’d been butt naked, with Jonny Lee Miller… he was extremely sympathetic as well to the process,” Lara told Access. “So I’d say we have a lovely chemistry and a lovely rapport and a relationship where we might not see each other for a few months and we get back together and it’s just like old friends.”
The cast of “Sherlock” has gone on to some big projects – Benedict to “War Horse,” and “Star Trek Into Darkness,” Martin Freeman to “The Hobbit” and Lara to “Da Vinci’s Demons” (from “Man of Steel” screenwriter David S. Goyer, who also was part of the team that reinvented Batman), and Lara said there was a time on set when she saw people taking off in extraordinary directions.
“I remember there being a moment on set where [director] Paul McGuigan said, ‘Can we just take five for a second?’ because he needed to take a call from Bruce Willis, Benedict needed to get on a conference call with Steven Spielberg and Martin needed to sort something with Peter Jackson and I had that moment of going, ‘This isn’t a bad place to be today,’” she laughed.
This April, Lara will play Clarice Orisni, the devoted wife of Lorenzo Medici, the patron of Leonardo Da Vinci in the reimagination of the life of the famed artist and inventor.
“She is a dutiful wife who is very pro-Florence, a shrewd politician and… she is the woman behind the throne,” Lara said of her newest character. “She is never going to undermine her husband, and yet you get these lovely nuggets in later episodes of just seeing them in their day to day lives and realize these two people care and love each other deeply, and she will do whatever she can to accommodate and allow for him to progress and to allow Florence and the family to flourish.”
But, with Leonardo (played by Brit Tom Riley) being driven, sometimes impulsively by his creativity and insatiable quest for knowledge, Lara’s Clarice will have to step in to quiet the wild genius.
“We get a couple of moments where she almost trying to keep him in check. She has a mission and she has a vision, which conflicts slightly with his free thinking, ambitious, wayward mind and she just wants to keep him on track and she’ll use her femininity,” Lara said. “I think, actually, to a certain degree, she’s the most challenging character that he meets because he can’t use his natural charm with her because she’s a shrewd business woman.”
“Da Vinci’s Demons” premieres April 12 on Starz.
-- Jolie Lash