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Published On: Wed, Sep 28th, 2016

‘Gotham’ season 3: Maggie Geha’s older Poison Ivy explained, ‘more manipulative’ seductive and evil

Clare Foley was indeed creepy as the young Ivy Pepper/Poison Ivy in her limited screen time she had in the first two seasons of Gotham, but the showrunners decided they wanted to focus on the character’s seductive charm in the third season – Ivy as been and replaced with the 28-year-old actress Maggie Geha.

“We made the change for two reasons: The character Ivy in the comics, one of her greatest powers is the power of seduction,” executive producer Ken Woodruff told The Hollywood Reporter.

“Everyone was much more comfortable with that with an older actress as opposed to a teenager. We want to explore that classic, canonical power of Ivy. And we didn’t just make her older with that attack. When she’s changed and transformed, there’s a real character change as well. She’ll still have some of the same traits, but she’ll be much darker, more manipulative than the Ivy we’ve seen so far. There’s a more evil quality to her as well. It’s more than just physical.”

Woodruff previews many of the plot points set up in the first episode of Gotham, read that here.

Geha also talked about Ivy’s transformation. “Ivy has been reborn, and she is completely different, on the inside as well as out,” she told TV Guide.

“Ivy’s main passion in life is plants and nature. She doesn’t have any real regard for people. She still has a little bit of the Little Ivy in her; she’s not completely-completely changed. I think that Little Ivy is sort of relishing in the physical transformation and realizing all the power that she now has and what she can do to people and how she can manipulate people. She’s definitely transforming into a darker version of herself.”

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That full interview video can be seen below.

Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox and Michael Chiklis as Detective Nathaniel Barnes.

The Batman rogue gallery of villains comes alive with Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan and BD Wong as Hugo Strange.

Erin Richards returns as Barbara Kean with Drew Powell as Butch and Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney.

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