The character’s duality was an immediate draw for the actress. “The thing I liked about her was that she’s capable of being so many different people. I think that’s an aspect of being a spy, which we touch on in films a lot, is their ability to be chameleons. That’s always a nice starting place that you have permission to go. She’s been a monster in her past, right now she’s doing a desk job, and she has people she loves–there are all of these different aspects of her. I liked that there was no need to be narrow.”
Marissa isn’t the only complex woman in the show. The series revolves around a very confused young woman, and Enos had nothing but praise for the newcomer actor bringing Hanna to life, Esme Creed-Miles. “She’s brave and shy and intelligent and very private. She’s an 18 year old English girl with artist parents who went to boarding school. There’s many different facets of Esme, and she’s at that very interesting moment in life where you’re caught between childhood and adulthood, and at any given moment, you’re not sure which side of that line you’re on. And that makes Hanna very interesting, because she’s willing to share all of that with the camera.”
Enos focused on the reflection between her co-star and the woman she’s trying to bring to life, as well as the power that it brings to the screen. “Hanna is on this very strange, incredible journey and Esme is on a strange, incredible journey as [this is] her first big job and so much is required of her. She is allowing herself to share all of that. And so her performance is super interesting and heartbreaking. And she’d never done any sports…she has thrown herself into that. She’s sore, and sometimes grumpy, and sometimes wants to tear down the building–she’s all kind of all over the place, which is perfect.”
Hanna premieres on Amazon Video on March 29.
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