Tamara Sensible and Siena Agudong play the very shut, very sophisticated teen sisters Jade and Billie in Netflix’s new “Resident Evil” sequence. Regardless of the plausible nature of their relationship, the pair inform POPSUGAR that they confronted some main hurdles when it got here to portraying siblings. Actually, they really did not meet till the day earlier than filming.
“We did not do a display screen take a look at. We actually met the day earlier than we have been simply placed on set,” Sensible says. “We met on the pool, and we simply talked for hours.” Turning to Agudong, she asks, “Do you keep in mind something we have been speaking about? As a result of I do not keep in mind something, actually.”
“I do not, however I keep in mind leaving and I used to be like, ‘Oh, I do know lots now,'” Agudong says with amusing. “Nobody actually is aware of the way to begin that dialog. You sit down, and you are like, ‘Oh, that is going to be my sister for the following few months.'”
“What do you say? Like, ‘Hello?'” Sensible says.
In actuality, Sensible and Agudong are “very completely different,” the latter says. “And we come from utterly completely different cultures, however I feel we deliver these variations in our characters.” Agudong is Hawaiian and grew up in Wailua, whereas Sensible is English and grew up in London. “You’ll be able to see that steadiness and the conflict on the similar time, however that play off of one another. And the banter, I feel, lots of it was actual,” Agudong explains.
It might need helped that each actors have sisters themselves. “We’re each the youngest,” Agudong explains. “So taking part in twins was attention-grabbing as a result of we each have moments within the present the place we act or tackle the position of the older sister or the youthful sibling.”
Their characters, Jade and Billie, are the teenager daughters of Albert Wesker (Lance Reddick). “Resident Evil” followers will already be acquainted with that title, however should you’re not, he is the franchise villain who works for the ominous Umbrella Company. His daughters are brand-new characters created for the present. In episode one, they transfer to the Umbrella-run New Raccoon Metropolis in South Africa — which neither is joyful about.
In actual life, the duo was extra enthusiastic about South Africa and constructed on their budding friendship as they explored the nation collectively. “Our relationship undoubtedly developed over these few months, which I feel you may completely see on display screen,” Agudong says. They stayed at a safari and fell asleep through the early morning tour. One other night time, after they have been hanging out on the road after having dinner, they’d an animal encounter.
“[There] was this massive factor that was coming towards us. I believed it was an enormous canine,” Agudong says. “It begins coming nearer and nearer, I might say about perhaps 5 ft, 10 ft. And we flip round and it is a baboon within the little courtyard.”
“Siena goes, ‘Do not run,'” Sensible remembers. “And so I stood behind Siena, and I simply began strolling actually slowly away.” “I additionally simply assume we obtained alongside simply actually rapidly as nicely, which was actually fortunate,” Sensible provides.
Each Sensible and Agudong could not reward their onscreen dad, Reddick, sufficient — not only for the work he does within the sequence but additionally for what he taught them about appearing. “Simply seeing him play such a troublesome, layered character, but additionally attempt to be a caring dad was actually attention-grabbing,” Agudong says. Sensible says his efficiency was nearly like watching two folks, one a form and caring father and the opposite a ruthless and brutal scientist.
She says on set Reddick was “very paternal” and confirmed them lots about how an actor ought to work. “He is additionally somebody who will converse out if one thing would not really feel proper. . . . He is aware of his character so nicely, he is aware of that he would not say one thing. Or that he would not act that means,” Agudong explains. “I really feel like should you requested him, he would know sure issues that Albert Wesker would not eat. Truthfully, he goes that far in depth.”
As younger actors, they do not at all times really feel prefer it’s OK for them to provide notes about characterization, however Reddick empowered them to really feel like their voices mattered. Agudong provides, “Watching a seasoned actor nonetheless take the time to jot down notes and nonetheless take the time to get into character and actually dive into each scene prefer it was the final take was so inspiring.” Sensible says of Reddick’s dedication to his characters, “It is nearly like Albert Wesker is an entire different person who he is aware of [in real life].”
“Everybody actually put their blood, sweat and tears into it.”
Each of the women go on very emotional journeys over the course of the sequence; Agudong says that emotional depth is what drew her to the position. “It scared me lots as an actor,” she admits. Agudong says she typically went to set nervous about portraying a few of Billie’s massive emotional moments, particularly her nervousness. “It taught me to simply let go,” she says.
Sensible says one of many good issues about taking part in a brand-new character was that she might add items of herself to Jade. “There’s one tragic second I feel for Jade, which was a few onerous days as a result of we filmed it in about three days,” she says. “It was simply three straight days of simply crying, which was actually draining. It was so rewarding although, to observe it again.”
“Everybody actually put their blood, sweat, and tears into it,” Agudong says of the sequence. “Everybody put their genuine efficiency in. And what you see, moreover all of the gore and no matter, that is actual.”
“Resident Evil” is streaming now on Netflix.