Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Daryl Hannah Mystified by Her Mysterious, Otherworldly 'Sense8' Role

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Daryl Hannah Mystified by Her Mysterious, Otherworldly 'Sense8' Role

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Daryl Hannah mystified by secretive shoot


TORONTO - Understandably, there were secrets surrounding the plot and storyline of Netflix's upcoming sci-fi series "Sense8."

But star Daryl Hannah says they extended to details she was given about her own role -- even after signing on, she says she wasn't told much about her mysterious character and how she fits into the bizarre world created by visionary "Matrix" siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski and "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski.

The sprawling series follows eight strangers around the world who suddenly develop the ability to connect to each other's thoughts, actions and emotions. Hannah's otherworldly character Angel sparks that connection, somehow.

"There's a lot that I still don't really know," Hannah admits, laughing during a recent conference call with co-star Naveen Andrews.

"But I wanted to do it because I'm a big fan of the Wachowskis, I think that they take incredible creative risks.

"They always deal with humanity and more complex issues in an incredibly, wildly innovative way. And so much passion and so much humanity and compassion and empathy so when I met them and heard about what they were intending to do ... I was just very excited and it's absolutely superseded my expectations."

The characters include a Chicago police officer (Brian J. Smith), a transgender woman in San Francisco (Jamie Clayton), an up-and-coming Icelandic DJ (Tuppence Middleton) in London, a conflicted man (Max Riemelt) with a criminal past in Berlin, and a woman (Tina Desai) about to marry a man she doesn't love in Mumbai.

Then there's the closeted actor (Miguel Angel Silvestre) in Mexico City, the secretive Seoul businesswoman (Doona Bae) and a young bus driver (Aml Ameen) in Nairobi who needs life-saving medicine for his mother.

Andrews plays the enigmatic Jonas, who tries to bring the eight strangers together. …

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