Elyse Levesque: So I go and I do my emotional prep. We were out there waiting for quite awhile before I went in. So I go in and I do it. And I felt like, “Okay, there was a little shiny eye.” Maybe a little tear hanging in there. But I didn’t weep. I didn’t have a weep-a-thon like they were hoping for.
So I went back outside and they make you wait. And another girl went in after me and came out with tears. Just drenched. She was wet from tears and I’m like, “Great! I’m not going to get it. Kiss that goodbye.”
And then it was actually quite awhile after that I got the good news. Got the good word! That’s pretty much how that happened!
GateWorld: Are there any parts of your personality that you bring to her?
EL: Gosh! I think … I think there’s just some stuff that I relate to. The upbringing. An only child. Very close to her parents and her family. I’m super, super close to my parents. I’m a total daddy’s girl. She’s got a much more difficult relationship with her mother than I do with mine. I’m very close to my mom. And I guess, in a way, a sheltered upbringing. I can relate to that. A small city. A lot of love. A lot of protection.
In ways I differ — I think I’m a lot goofier then she is. A lot weirder, probably. You could say that about me. I think she takes herself a little more seriously than I do. But I used to! I used to take myself a lot more seriously. And then I said, “You know what? I’m weird! Go with it!” So I guess the essence of me is similar to her, but maybe it’s a dialed-down me.
GW: Chloe starts the series watching her father die, and mourning him. And in a short period of time, even within the first 12 or 13 that have aired here at this point, she’s begun a relationship …
GW: … with [Matthew] Scott.
EL: Yeah, BAM! That happened fast. [Laughs]
GW: And she’s gone so far as to siding with the civilian crew in “Divided.” I was kind of taken aback that she sided with Rush’s side.
EL: I know. I was shocked when I read that script! I was like … great.
GW: It almost kind of feels like the character is being prepped for more of a civilian leadership role. Would that be off base?
EL: Not at all! Not at all. Honestly, that’s one of the things I thought was the beauty of the character. That she really didn’t have an identity on the ship. And it could go any way.
GW: She seems like the type that the job that she had …
EL: The political science thing, the Harvard —
GW: It was because she was his daughter.
EL: I think if it is to come to fruition, it’ll be awhile. She’s still young, I think, in a lot of ways. But we see her definitely get more hands-on. And sort of take charge in different aspects. I think we see that in the episode that airs next Friday (“Human”). I think we see a little bit more of that.
But, yeah. It’s a slow process for her. I think she had to mourn the death of her father, and come to terms with the reality of the ship. And then slowly but surely carve out a little niche for herself. And I think the first episode that we really see that in is “Justice.” I think it’s the first time we really see that — Oh! She has a backbone! And she can take a stand for something!
GW: Throughout the episodes that have aired so far, there’s been a little bit of a triangle between Chloe, Scott, and Eli, kind of peering from behind.
EL: Mmmm. You caught on to that! [Laughs] Yeah!
GW: Are Chloe and Scott a sure thing? Or is there hope for fans of Eli that maybe one day the geek will get the girl?
EL: Well, I don’t want to ruin anything.
GW: Hope! Hope!
EL: Well, as you can see from the recent episodes, Scott and Chloe’s relationship has been tested. Definitely. And that’s not over yet. For sure.
What I can say about the Chloe-Eli thing is … I don’t think she’s ever had a friend like him before. I think she came from a very superficial world. A world where you can’t really trust a lot of people.
GW: She’s not used to the level of devotion that Eli would be willing to give her.
EL: She’s never had somebody who will literally give his life for her. I think that she loves him with all of her heart. And where it stands right now — he is just a friend. But you never know. Things change, people change. All the time. And some of the best relationships blossom out of friendship.