Michelle Fairley is a Northern Irish actress, best known for her role as Catelyn Stark in the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” However, Fairley has been in the acting business for a long time appearing in numerous television shows and movies including “Suits,” “Hidden City,” and “Philomena.” Now you can catch her as Margot Al-Harazi in FOX’s resurrection of “24,” in a mini-series called “24: Live Another Day.”
Fairley plays an intense and violent character, which can sometimes be difficult for an actor to play.
“Actually, those sorts of characters that are interesting in terms of connecting with a character who is extreme,” Fairley said. “You’ve just got to trust – just throw yourself in there. Trust, do as much research on passion as possible — passionate causes, people, like freedom fighters, whatever.”
“Also, the thing with Margot is she is not asking anybody to do anything that she herself has not done in the past,” Fairley said. “She knows what it takes to do these things. That’s why she is very conscientious and she’s very watchful of the people around her because she’s been in that position herself and she knows the doubts that will creep into somebody’s mind because they probably crept into hers, so she had to fight against those doubts in order to achieve her goal.”
Fairley has been lucky in the fact that as a women she has gotten to play some powerful roles on television like in “Game of Thrones” and now “24: Live Another Day.”
“I think there is a Jekyll and Hyde where the casting is concerned really,” Fairley said. “It’s something I enjoy playing. I relish it actually. But they are always conflicted. Nothing is emotionally linear with these people. They’re usually, they undulate like crazy but, at the core of all of this, they have a very strong commitment. Well, you know, you take the good with the bad. In many ways, if they hate her that means I’ve made her work in some ways because she is detestable.”
While each character an actor plays has its own qualities to appreciate, Fairley found something in particular about Margo that she embraces.
“I think what’s interesting about Margo is that she’s in progressive,” Fairley said. “Her commitment has come through pain and loss actually. It’s about revenge. It’s about questioning what governments do, as well, and the power that they have over their own people. She’s not just a villain; there is an emotional conflict within herself as well.”
Catch Fairley in another episode of “24: Live Another Day” every Monday at 9:00 p.m. on FOX until the finale in July.
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