“Coming from the theater, I try to grind down and polish, define, and explore,” Jeffrey Wright ’87 told Backstage in a recent conversation about his acting work on the HBO’s sci-fi thriller Westworld [Warning: there are spoilers for those who haven’t seen the show].
“There were a lot of voids on the map,” says Wright of playing Bernard, a robot programmer. of convincingly humanoid robots. “I ask enough questions [to the series’ creators] to be able to plot myself through the given scene. In the first month, that was kind of my routine question: What?”