In part two of TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco’s interview with Crystal Chappell, (as a wrap-up to the successful season two of Venice) the actress, producer, and writer discusses the pivotal scenes between Gina and The Colonel and Lara and Ani, and the amazing performances by Jordan Clarke and Nadia Bjorlin in the hit web series. Here are a few excerpts!
Chappell on Gina’s emotional letter to Ani and writing for Clarke and Bjorlin: “The letter was the first thing I wrote. I read it to Kim [Turrisi, Chappell’s writing partner] last February; we had gone to a hotel so we could do some work. When I read it to her, she said, “Wow; OK!” So from there, we had to see where Gina would end up; where she gets to at the end of the season. I love the relationship between The Colonel and Gina. It was funny because when I decided The Colonel was going to have a stroke, I knew Jordan Clarke had just had a stroke, so then I had to call him and say, “So, Jordan, here’s the story — you’re having a stroke!” He started laughing. He said, “Girl, I know what to do. I know what it’s about.” He was totally cool about it. He said, “I even have a cane — I’ll bring it with me!” That needed to happen. I like writing for people I love and admire. You can give Jordan anything. Even with just a look on his face — especially when Gina finished the letter … that was one of my favorite moments. When we landed on Jordan’s face, you saw what was going on. I love writing for people I know, especially after I get to know them better and finding out what their strengths are. Also, with Nadia, for instance, Susan Flannery and I were there and watched her go to that dark, dark place. I was so proud of Nadia. That was another favorite moment of mine of the season: when Lara breaks down.
Chappell on Bjorlin’s performance in episode eleven when Lara pushes Ani into the wall in a drunken stupor: “Once I saw the finished episode, I told her, “I think you’re going to be really, really happy.” I’m happy for her. I love it, I love it. You know what she told me the other day? This is kind of cool: Nadia went to an audition and the director was saying nice things about Venice … and that’s how Nadia got the film audition and how they knew her — based on her performance on Venice.”