It would be fair to say that 2020 was a tumultuous year for Amber Heard The actor’s widely publicized divorce from Johnny Depp became a global phenomenon, and the aftermath of the event was such that her recurring role as Mera in DC’s Aquaman 2 is now being questioned

However, the 34-year-old is a picture of calm as she sits down to speak to us about the now: her role in Stephen King’s latest adaptation of Stephen King’s pandemic thriller The Stand from 1978, the mini-series developed by Josh Boone follows the Remnants of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world devastated by a pandemic (!) And embroiled in a battle between good and evil, either on the side of mother Abigail (Whoopi Goldberg) or Randall Flag the dark man (Alexander Skarsgård)

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Although King’s novel is populated by a multitude of interconnected storylines, it has been hailed for his immense attention to depicting the complex arcs of every fictional character in the saga – such as Amber Heard’s Nadine Cross

As a school teacher during the flu outbreak in the novel, Nadine’s fascinating journey follows her mission to meet a man who visits her dreams – often in a sexually charged manner – who later turns out to be the terrible Randall flag on the way to meet her a 12 year old boy named Joe and a musician Larry, who further complicate their visions and ultimate goal

Heard speaks about a Zoom call in a group interview and says that premiering such a show in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak makes for a rather “interesting timing”

“You know, on the set we always joked by saying,” Hey, it’s pandemic day four “and now Impressive Our story is of course very different from the current one, but you understand the similarities it’s based on a global pandemic wiping out most of the earth’s population, leaving behind and exemplifying the best and worst of humanity and in an ultimate struggle for the best survival of our species, the show shows how we not only survive, but how we thrive and come together to do this, ”she explains

Answering a question about Nadine as a seductress on The Stand, Heard says, “Thank you King and his genius for creating characters with real backstories that are complex and make them interesting and nuanced throughout the show, I have tries to do Nadine justice and show her humanity. A seducer can be vulnerable too, right? The seduction and vulnerability are not mutually exclusive. I don’t feel like a woman, I have to apologize for one to justify the other, or vice versa I think Nadine is no more a seductress than a survivor She uses the tools she needs to survive in a world that treats her in a certain way ”

The actress is also currently preparing for her most popular role: that of Queen Mera from the Aquaman franchise How is she transitioning from a dark fantasy series to a superhero film?

“Both Nadina and Mera are completely different. What I’m really good at is getting an audience to believe in the evil female figure! (laughs) In Aquaman it was a bit of a departure for me to play someone who doesn’t use her feminine ways to bring evil into the world.But Nadine, on the other hand, is a character who comes with a lot of psychological baggage. To be honest, there is one A lot of preparation for how people will behave when cared for. Owning your journey has meant understanding people who are from cults or who have committed horrific crimes I spoke to many readers and biographies and read them to people who were either kidnapped, brainwashed or otherwise indoctrinated into a cult and induced to engage in crimes ”

Some of the key scenes from Heard – the ones that influence the outcome of the series – are with Alexander Skarsgård, who plays the main villain in The Stand. Playing the literal devil, Heard says, was a matter of course for the Swedish actor

“Once you see Alex in the character, you will be convinced that no one else can play that role. What this character is supposed to do is serve as a substitute for the devil within us: the one acting on lower impulses, the one who acts not out of charity but out of selfishness. It is supposed to be a character we can all identify with, or at least identify in ourselves. The whole book is a battle between the worst parts of us and the best ”

She continues: “Alex, because he’s so incredibly charming and easy-going with that charm – it doesn’t feel at all – it’s natural for us (the characters on the show) to want to follow or listen to him or like him. He has a way of carrying himself, talking and interacting that makes it easy, so easy. That’s why he makes the best devil ever! “

Heard, who rose to fame in 2008 with films like Pineapple Express and Never Back Down, adds that Nadine has been one of her most complex roles to date and that the character’s journey has been a “heartbreaking” one

“One of the main themes on the show is that beyond salvation, everyone has a choice to always make a decision. With Nadine, part of the real tragedy is that her choices are so much more difficult. She was raised from an early age, to follow a certain path, and she carried out that mission.An important point in the arcs of our characters is really where they are tempted that makes Nadine’s path heartbreaking, which is that she ultimately has a choice and it is whether she does will take or not that would justify whether it was redeemed or not ”

Does Heard, like her on-screen avatar, sometimes believe in visions or magic? “For me personally, I don’t believe in anything that I have no evidence or ability to understand. But I think it’s important to remember that Nadine lives in a world that Stephen King was brilliantly able to create, both of which Hyperrealistic as well as surreal.She has communication with a person who is not physically in space but has a lifelong relationship with her.Flagg can do so as a semi-supernatural being jumping in and out of this and another realm for her So there’s no question about magic. It’s part of their reality, ”concludes Heard with a smile

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