Being Human Series Four – Damien Molony Interview
Hal sees Annie as a motherly influence... can't think why.
How do those two get on together?
“As the series starts Tom and Hal clash, they absolutely hate each other, because obviously it’s werewolf/vampire and Tom is so terrified that the vampires are going to come and he sees me as the vampires, so he’s really suspicious of me. So we start off absolutely hating each other, but as the series progresses and we go through more and more shit-storms together we get a lot closer and become kinda like brothers, basically. There’s moments where Tom looks to Hal for advice and vice versa, so they really help each other out as the series progresses.”
So presumably the character changes as the series goes on?
“He does, he gets a little bit more streetwise as the story goes along. By the time we get to episode four I have a new haircut, the tweed suit is gone – I really want to get my hands on that tweed suit! – and I get cool clothes… or what Hal thinks is cool anyway, which is slightly cool, but he just wears them so badly! And I find a little bit more responsibility in the house. Because at the start he very much expects to be accepted. He’s like, ‘Well I’m here, look after me or I will tear Barry apart’, for the first couple of episodes, but as the series goes on it’s like, ‘Well, I need to help out here’. There’s a lot of people coming to threaten them, and there’s a lot more responsibility to take on. I think I’ve earned my place in the house by the end of the series.”
And what about Annie: what’s Hal’s relationship with her like?
“Well, Hal absolutely looks up to her. Like Leo, she gives him things to do and she doesn’t take any shit from him. She’s like “Hold the baby!” and I’m like “I don’t want to do babies!”, and she’s like, “Hold it!” She’s a very motherly influence, and he needs that kind of protection.”
What is his relationship to the Old Ones?
“Well, Hal is an Old One, so Hal was around when they were ripping through Europe in the Russian wars and the Baltic wars of the 1500s – that’s when Hal became a vampire. I think he was on his death bed and a surgeon who was a vampire said, ‘If you want to live I can make you live forever’ and Hal said, ‘Yes, I’ll take that.’ So Hal has become this terror, one of the most bloodthirsty vampires of all time, and would have been one of the very first vampires… I have a feeling that he probably would have had something to do with Herrick and, as he was older, Mitchell. So there’s a bloodline which you can trace and it leads back towards Hal, because Hal was one of the first. And he knows that the Old Ones are on their way, there’s that kind of dread and that fear throughout the series that they’re coming back. Hal knows because they share the same blood: he is intrinsically linked, almost metaphysically, to these Old Ones, so as soon as the Old Ones arrive in the country, he knows. He feels like he will slowly sink in and join the ranks. And he starts to slip from his mantle of, ‘I’ll never drink blood, I’m focused’, he starts to fall off the wagon a little bit – which is quite sad, because he’s only doing it because he can’t help himself. It’s like a drug addict.”
Is drug addiction a useful thing to think about when approaching your performance?
“Completely. That way you can make it human and you can make the audience relate to it. I did a lot of research on drug addicts and alcoholics and rehab and falling off the wagon, which is so useful because then you can totally get into that world. As opposed to saying, ‘Well, could you imagine if I was a vampire?’ it’s, ‘Could you imagine if I was drug-riddled?’, that kind of thing.”
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