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Dichen Lachman - "Dollhouse" Tv Series - Season 2 - Scifi.co.uk Interview

Wednesday 28 October 2009, by Webmaster

Dichen Lachman will be familiar to British audiences for her role as Katya Kinski in Aussie soap-opera Neighbours. Traditionally when a good looking actress leaves Neighbours they move to London and embark on a fleeting pop career in the hope of being the next Kylie.

But not Dichen Lachman. She moved to LA, joined the west coast acting rat-race and in the blink of an eyelid was playing Sierra on Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Good work that girl. Below Dichen tells Pete about life in LA and good times on the Dollhouse set.

You’ve gone from a regular role on Neighbours to a regular role on Dollhouse. The last 2 years must’ve been pretty intense for you.

Yeah it was. It was a lot of fun. The time between leaving Neighbours and going through [to Dollhouse] wasn’t actually that long, it was only a year and a little bit. I feel lucky and very fortunate to be working again and it’s a great show.

Joss Whedon is obviously known for his strong female characters but were you at all concerned about the moral and ethical issues that Dollhouse throws up?

I never had any reservations about it. I was only ever excited. I thought they were issues that needed to be raised because sometimes people are trying to change who they are and I think this show clearly shows that that’s not really the way to go.

Also, when I auditioned for the part I hadn’t actually read the script because no one had it, no one was allowed to read it. So I just had a general idea about this house that had these people with their memories erased because something bad happened in their pasts - that’s all I knew. I think maybe a couple of people, who might have had a little more bargaining power than me, might have read the script because Joss really wanted them for the show, specifically them. But as far as me and a few of the other younger people were concerned it was just a great opportunity.

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