On tonight’s Fringe “Human Kind,” Jill Scott guest stars as an oracle that helps Olivia with her mission. As a long time fan of the show, Scott shared her love of Fringe and provided insight into the character she plays.
Who is Simone and what’s her role on Fringe?
She’s a quiet warrior and she’s sort of an oracle of someone who can foresee the future. There is an integral part of Olivia’s quest, and Simone has direct knowledge of that, although I won’t say knowledge, she has an intuition about how to help her on her quest.
How did you get the part?
Fringe is one of my favorite television shows from its inception. I absolutely love all of the science fiction of it, the mystery of it, the science in it. The characters are wonderful and so rich. Walter, of course, is my absolute favorite, and I had met with pretty much every company, television broadcast company in America. I kept saying these are the kinds of shows that I want to be involved in. I just put the word out there and, of course, I asked for it. I believe in saying things out loud, and I had Fringe.
What do you think it is about Fringe that really continues to make it such a fan favorite show?
I think it’s the writing. I do. I think it’s how intelligent and how realistic everything is without looking overly manufactured. I think human beings will always still really enjoy using our imaginations and Fringe allows you to do that. It’s slightly scary and believable. There just might be an alternate universe. There just might be people on the other side that are like us living a different life. The thought of that is pretty intriguing; that there are that people who can stop time and change their bodies, morph into someone else.
And the conspiracy theories in it all, I think it just taps into our curiosity and makes us wonder and ponder. I think that’s the gist of the show, and like I said it is slightly scary. There are moments where I definitely grab the pillow or the blanket and gasp for breath.
Do you have a favorite episode or a favorite moment from the show aside from the episode that you’ve done?
Oh man, let’s see. Favorite episode, I always go back to the episode when Walter gets out of the mental institution and where he’s sitting in the back seat of the car and he says he skeeted a little. I never forgot it. I thought that that was just so free, such free writing and his acting was just impeccable. I liked the episodes when the guy was living inside of Olivia.
I love when Walter had a cow in his office in the lab. I couldn’t understand that. I thought that was great. The reason that I love the show is that I never know what to expect. I never know what Walter is going to say. I love that he’s obsessed with food. I love that he’s mad and a genius. I prefer him a mad genius.
Fringe “The Human Kind” airs tonight, Friday, December 7 at 9 pm ET on FOX.
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