Published On: Sat, Nov 14th, 2015

Erin Richards talks ‘Gotham’ season 2, Barbara not letting of Jim Gordon

“When she was ‘Old Barbara,’ she was so constrained in her life, she felt like a caged animal because she had all these people surrounding her that she didn’t — not that she didn’t trust them, but she didn’t get anything from them. She kept asking Jim to let her into his life, and he wasn’t, and she obviously wasn’t part of her parents’ lives, even Montoya wasn’t letting her in anymore, so she just felt trapped. And now she’s this new, dark being, and she can do whatever the hell she wants. She’s the most free, dark, fun version of herself, and she’s loving it.”

Richards talked about how Barbara is like her and how she is not before talking about a great scene in the last episode.


erin Richards Gotham photo“That scene in the wedding dress that I filmed with Ben [McKenzie] and Morena [Baccarin] was so much fun to film. I feel so wild playing Barbara, I feel like I could do anything. It’s sometimes a little scary because I feel like she could lash out and do anything, and I’ve got all these props in my hands: I’ve got guns and knives, and I think, ‘Do people really want to trust me with these things? I’m Barbara right now.'”

The interview gets interesting when she’s asked about Barbara’s attraction to Jim and “Doesn’t he represent her old life? Wouldn’t she just want to move on?”

“No! Jim is her ultimate. She’s seeing the world through these new eyes and thinking, “This is fantastic, I’m dark, I’m having fun, I get to run around using people and just relying on my base instincts!” She loves it so much that she wants to suck everybody into it. She thinks that the more people who are in her darkness, the more fun it is.”

“She wants to go back and tell Jim, ‘Listen, we were a great couple. I knew there was darkness within you, because otherwise we wouldn’t have been together in the start anyway.’ She wants to pull him out of this goody-goody cop that he’s pretending to be and bring him into her dark place so they can have fabulous sex and cause trouble in this new dark world together. (Laughs.) She wants to play with that, she wants to bring it out of him in the most crazy, violent way that she can, so that she can explode him open. She’s so frustrated by who he’s pretending to be.”

Check out the full interview at THR

Gotham airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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