Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Star Natalie Dormer Talks Magda's Faces

With Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels ready to be unleashed onto our screens, the cable network is offering viewers a look behind the scenes to get a better sense of what they can expect when the series premieres Sunday, April 26. Created and written by original series creator John Logan and set in 1938 Los Angeles, the series finds Det. Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto), and Det. Lewis Michener (Nathan Lane) embroiled in a murder case that shocks the city to its core. But as tensions rise and dangers mount, the investigation begins taking epic proportions as the battle waging between powerful sisters Madga (Natalie Dormer) and Santa Muerte (Lorenza Izzo) could determine the fate of all mankind. For Magda, it's about anything to anyone at any time. Friend, advisor, confidant, lover: Magda can be the dream you need or the nightmare you deserve. Your choice, or is it? In the following clip, Dormer shows us the different sides to Magda, and if those "parts" give us a better sense of who the demon truly is:

Magda senses the war that's coming in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, courtesy of Showtime.
Magda senses the war that's coming in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, courtesy of Showtime.

The detectives' investigation takes them down the dark roads of Los Angeles' history, from the building of the city's first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore to the dangerous influences of both the Third Reich and rising radio evangelism. For Vega, it's about balancing his Mexican-American heritage with his responsibilities as a detective while grappling with racism, childhood trauma, and issues of faith. Michener's a veteran officer, Vega's partner, and mentor, who is wise to the ways of the world and ruthless in getting what he wants. Magda is a demon who can take the appearance of anyone she chooses and manifests herself in a number of forms throughout the season. Charismatic, clever, and chameleonic, Magda can be an invaluable ally or a deadly enemy. Santa Muerte is the Angel of Holy Death and Magda's sister, and someone who holds a slightly more favorable opinion of what humanity still has to offer.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels poster, courtesy of Showtime.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels poster, courtesy of Showtime.

Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels also stars Jessica GarzaJohnathan Nieves, Adriana Barraza, Michael Gladis, Rory Kinnear, Kerry Bishé, Brent Spiner, Amy Madigan, John Logan, Adam Rodriguez, Thomas Kretschmann, Dominic Sherwood, Ethan Peck, and Lin Shaye. Logan and Michael Aguilar (Kidding) serve as executive producers, along with the Neal Street Productions' Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, the original series' executive producers. James Bagley will serve as co-executive producer, with Logan's Desert Wolf Productions producing. Paco Cabezas (American Gods, Deadly Class) is on board to direct the series premiere and possibly additional episodes.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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