Hi! I’m so glad you liked Classic Alice and liked my work on the show!! It was really fun for me and I enjoyed playing the character.
I definitely don’t have a ton of personality traits in common with a character like Ewan. But we do have a fair amount of interests in common and I think I brought more of myself to that role than a lot of CA fans realized! Some of the nerdier bits were things I improvised, or embellished on what was already written. For example, that little polyhedral dice chest I pull out and show off in Ewan’s first appearance is actually mine. I painted it when I was 14 or something.
Really, I prepare for most roles the same way. Each role will have different challenges I might need to focus on, but I always do the basics first - learn the lines, analyze the script, research the things I’m unfamiliar with, and then start breaking down my scenes and figuring out what my unique take on it is - where I relate and where I don’t. A lot of the character work I do happens while I’m memorizing and rehearsing my lines. While I do that, I try to play as much as possible and experiment with different ways to do a scene.
The challenges of playing Ewan were less about the fact that he was a jerk (and that’s a gross understatement) or that he wasn’t like me in a lot of ways and more about trying to think about how to make his transition as realistic as possible. I don’t know that I always succeeded there, at least in the middle, but I’m definitely really happy with where I started with Ewan and where I ended up once he’s in his final form as a character!
Personally, I find it much easier to play characters that are very unlike me. I think it’s more challenging to play a character that’s really similar to myself because it’s easy to get complacent and forget that there’s still lots of work to do.
When I’m playing a huge, unabashed asshole for example, it’s easier to stay on top of it and keep my performance responsibilities in the conscious part of my mind. Plus it’s just fun to play around, like being a kid and pretending to be a superhero or cartoon character.