The actor discusses her Blumhouse horror movie, now on digital, and her exit from the acclaimed USA drama: “I thought about it for months and months and months.”
[This interview contains spoilers for Mr. Robot season four.]
THR – In October 2019, Portia Doubleday shocked Mr. Robot fans when she stated that it was her decision to leave the show earlier than expected. Even series creator Sam Esmail acknowledged that the early exit of Doubleday’s fan-favorite character, Angela Moss, was not the writers’ original plan. While the actor alludes to there being multiple reasons why she decided to retire her signature role well ahead of schedule, she still maintains that it fits the creative spirit of Mr. Robot.
There’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a new horror thriller! This eekend, Sony and Blumhouse have you covered in the “make you so scared you hold on to your significant other for dear life” department with their new spin on the Gene Levitt TV series, Fantasy Island.
In this new version directed by Jeff Wadlow, Michael Peña fills the role of the mysterious Mr. Roarke played by Ricardo Montalbán in the original series. The character welcomes a group of guests to his remote resort where he promises to make their fantasies a reality. While this might sound like the place to wish to “have it all,” the guests quickly find out that those seemingly fool-proof, harmless dreams could quickly devolve into deadly nightmares,
With Fantasy Island making its way into theaters on February 14th, Peña and co-stars Portia Doubleday, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Jimmy O. Yang and Ryan Hansen all swung by the Collider Studio to talk about the movie. They each give us the 101 on their characters but just wait until you hit the point in the conversation when they start talking about filming in Fiji, not having bathrooms in the jungle and the time when one of them got bit by a bat. (Yes, really.) You can hear about all of that and everyone’s fantasy movie role in this video interview.
THR – [This story contains spoilers for the final season premiere of USA Network’s Mr. Robot.]
When it comes to processing the Mr. Robot final season premiere’s devastating first scene, perhaps it’s best to remember a certain phrase: “You’re panicking right now. Remove all emotion, and you will do just fine.”
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Sunday’s Mr. Robot season 4 premiere.
BUSTLE – If you’ve ever added an unnecessary “sorry!” to soften a work email or gotten the third degree from your nosy aunt about putting career over starting a family, you know how it feels to be trapped in traditional expectations of womanhood. In USA’s hacker drama Mr. Robot, Portia Doubleday plays Angela Moss, someone who rejects those standards, becoming one of television’s most compelling characters in the process. But because she puts her own motivations first, the cool and collected Angela has been labeled by some with the dreaded, gendered b-word: b*tch. Because she’s a woman living in the world, Doubleday is bitterly aware of the double standard.