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GOTHAM: Chelsea Spack on Kristin Kringle’s Complicated Relationship with Edward Nygma

January 26, 2015 by  

gotham-Chelsea SpackGOTHAM’s Kristin Kringle has found herself the (reluctant) object of Edward Nygma’s affection.

Poor Edward has been desperate for anyone to pay him any sort of attention, and for better or worse (knowing Nygma’s ultimate fate, it’s probably the latter), his co-worker, Kristin, is his current fixation.

I spoke with Chelsea Spack (Kristin Kringle) about her character’s complicated relationship with Edward…

Were you watching the show before you got the role of Kristin Kringle?
Chelsea Spack: I was! I was. I did come along later, and I couldn’t have asked to join a better production, a more wonderful cast. I couldn’t ask for better writers, so I was already a huge fan.

What was your reaction when you found out who you’d be playing, and that you’d be working so extensively with Cory Michael Smith (Edward)?
CS: I couldn’t ask for a better person to be working with; I was thrilled. It was exciting to see how their storyline is developing, and keeping us on the edge of our seats. It has potential, and we don’t know exactly where it’s going. I looked forward, like everybody else, to seeing how this storyline develops.

What is your take on how Kristin feels about Edward?
CS: I think it’s quite complicated. I think he drives her crazy, and he frustrates her. But there’s something about him which intrigues her, which further frustrates her.

Does she sense anything dark within him?
CS: What do you do when someone’s obsessed with you and you really hardly know them? They make you feel exposed, and embarrassed, and you don’t want to tell the cool kids at school you find the nerdy guy intriguing, and she doesn’t understand why she’s intrigued by him. And it’s so many complicated things which make it quite interesting and frustrating. So, I think there’s thing energy she can’t put her finger.

What can you preview about tonight’s episode?
CS: Amidst the dark city and the dark world of Gotham, I think she’s starting to recognize there’s something really refreshing about someone who cares for you. And it’s also a scary thing when you realize you’re holding someone’s deep feelings in your hands, and you have the power to really hurt them.

What is her take on the corruption in the Gotham police department?
CS: I think that’s something she’s starting to recognize that is refreshing and intriguing about Nygma — in this dark world, he does seem to genuinely care for her. It’s refreshing. Somebody who cares about you when a lot of people are looking out for themselves.

Have you filmed anything beyond tonight’s episode?
CS: I have! I have. She’s coming back. She’s absolutely coming back. There’s storylines developing, and we’re excited to see where it goes. She has a lot of potential. She’s a smart, brilliant woman, and we’ll see where she goes.

How much did they lay out for you about her arc when you started?
CS: That’s part of the excitement: the writers are so brilliant, and they allow things to develop in such unique and mysterious ways, that I don’t know the overall picture. I know very general things for where things are going, but thankfully, they’ve really responded to the chemistry between Cory and I, and they’re interested in our storyline, so it’s developing into a bigger picture. But they keep us on the edge of our seats, I’ll say that! [Laughs]

GOTHAM is a show that has such a social presence. How much have you read about the reactions and theories regarding Kristin?
CS: I think there’s a lot of ladies who are taken by Edward Nygma, and they don’t like to see his heart hurt, and they don’t like to see him rejected. I think they also share in realizing the duplicity of how he could be frustrating Kristin Kringle, but she could be intrigued by him. I think they empathize with her, but they don’t want to see him hurt. So there’s quite a strong response.

Since she, seemingly, is not a part of the DC Comics universe, do you have any theories about who this woman ultimately is?
CS: I’m so fascinated, and I love playing her so much, because there’s so much potential; her story is virtually unwritten, so she could go anywhere. She’s mysterious, and she’s brilliant, and she private, and there’s so much that can unfold from that. The fact that she’s tied to Edward leaves a lot of potential. I’m excited and thrilled to see where she goes. I have my theories about what I would love to see, but I don’t know! She’s not in the comics! We get to see where she goes.

Is there anything you haven’t done yet that you hope to do down the line?
CS: I would love to get into the action world. One thing I love about her is she is so smart, and she works in an are of information. And I think information is power. I think there’s so much potential for that, and that’s exciting to me. That’s something I love, and I’m excited to see where that goes.

Have you filmed with anyone new in your upcoming episodes? Or is there anyone you hope to work with?
CS: I hope to work with everybody. All I can say is every interaction she has with Nygma, I think, he believes, is seemingly breaking through to her, or possibly tearing down some of her defenses. But it isn’t smooth sailing for him: he takes two steps forward and then a step back, because things are never as easy as we’d like them to be. There are further complications in how he’d like things to pan out. We’ll have to watch and see who interrupts their journey.

GOTHAM airs Mondays at 8 PM on Fox.


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