Sophia Di Martino wanted Sylvie to be different from Loki, right down to her fighting style.
Episode 3 of Loki featured the titleThe villain forges a dangerous alliance with his alternate timeline counterpart Sylvie, and the sparks flew when the two tricksters tried . It was our first proper look at Sylvie – who is determined to defeat the omniscient timekeeper – and she wowed fans for the fourth episode. .
The character is played by the actor with mischievous energy Sophia Di Martinowho previously performed at Danny Boyle’s 2019 Beatles Celebration Yesterday, post-apocalyptic martial arts show To the badlands and a number of British drama series.
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Loki is Di Martino’s first MCU role, so I was excited to talk to her about Zoom about her whirlwind audition, how she made Sylvie different from Tom Hiddleston’s iconic Loki and Episode 3.
Here is a transcript of our conversation, which has been edited slightly for clarity.
Q: I love the way you play Sylvie so far, she is such a fascinating character. Can you tell me how you got to Loki?
Di Martino: Thank you. I had already worked with [director] and had a script to do an audition tape. It was a really short scene; I think the characters were called Bob and Sarah. And that was it – the shortest auditing process I think I have ever been through. I couldn’t do screening tests or callbacks or anything because I was heavily pregnant at the time.
I couldn’t travel either and Tom was in New York so we couldn’t meet in person and I found myself with Tom on FaceTime. Then I was cast shortly afterwards. I still have trouble wrapping my head around it. It’s crazy.
I remember interviews with Marvel actors who said they were sent large stacks of comics to read as they prepared for the roles. Did this happen to you?
To be honest, I didn’t have the time. Everything happened so fast. It wasn’t time to read a huge pile of comics. Kate sent me a few, but I can’t remember which ones without going home and checking.
Have you seen any non-Marvel films in preparation?
One of the films we watched as stunt references was – the fight scenes in it are great. Charlize Theron is super powerful and fights like a man. We wanted Sylvie to be a bully; We didn’t want her to fight too elegantly because that’s Loki’s business. He moves so balletically, but Sylvie is more of a street fighter.
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What has been your experience with Marvel movies and Loki in particular?
I’ve watched a few films and I really enjoyed them. But to be honest, I didn’t know much. Tom taught me a lot through his Loki Lecture [which the actor uses to help new actors catch up] and, and just being around him – he knows so much. If I have a question about anything I can just ask Tom and most of the time he’ll know the answer.
Given the obvious relationship between your character and Tom, did his performance as Loki inspire you?
I think it was important to me to make Sylvie her own character. So I didn’t want to make an impression of Tom or try to copy his Loki – I’m terrible at impressions. I met Loki and did research, but I really started from scratch.
There are similarities, but a lot of it comes from the script and their energy. She’s also mischievous and anarchic in her own way – that kind of chaotic energy prevails. But I also wanted her to be her own person.
Sylvie is not impressed with Loki’s cleverness.
That makes sense. Based on episode 3, it seemed like these were two people who had very different life experiences.
Sure they have. Loki grew up as a prince and Sylvie didn’t.
“Must it have been any would-be princesses, or maybe some other prince?” This line from episode 3 got a lot of feedback. And I know Kate Herron said that making Loki bisexual was one of the goals of the show. Did that put more weight on the line? It’s difficult to say.
I knew it was a really important portrayal for the show and that the comics talked about it for a long time with the mythology of Loki, so it was super important. But I only played line for line; I didn’t think we’d get so much attention while filming. What is good; I would have screwed it up.
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