Doctor Who Q&A: Jenna-Louise Coleman On Playing New Companion Clara, Kissing Matt Smith!
Jenna-Louise Coleman from BBC America's 'Doctor Who' -- Access HollywoodBBC America
By now, every "Doctor Who" fan knows that Jenna-Louise Coleman is the newest companion to the space and time travelling Doctor, played by British actor Matt Smith.
She appeared in the cult British show twice before - once, as the futuristic Oswin (who had been transformed into a Dalek in "The Asylum of the Daleks" episode), and as 18th century governess Clara (full name Clara Oswin Oswald) in the "Doctor Who" Christmas special - "The Snowmen."
While her characters were set in different times and, took different forms, both were witty, strong and knew how to really get under the Doctor's skin.
So, will she become the Doctor's love interest this season? Is that even possible with the Doctor married? As fans of the series know, the actors -- and showrunner Steven Moffat - are notoriously tight lipped about anything to do with what's coming up on "Doctor Who" (they like to keep viewers surprised). But, ahead of the show's return on Saturday at 8/7c on BBC America, as part of Supernatural Saturday, AccessHollywood.com sat down with Jenna-Louise, who shared just a few little hints about what's ahead. She also talked about landing the role and her original audition with Matt.
AccessHollywood.com: How excited are you for the launch of the second half of the season? There's a big build up to this.
Jenna-Louise Coleman: I'm really excited. I saw [Episode] 1 at the London screening that we did last week. It just looks brilliant because it's such a - from shooting the show there's so much that happens afterwards from the CGI and the music and to make the episodes kind of as epic as they are so it's gonna be great for me to sit there as a viewer and watch them as well.
Access: What was your reaction when you sat there watching it?
Jenna-Louise: [I was able to] just enjoy all of the pieces of like the jigsaw coming together, and also you just realize how clever Steven Moffat is and the setup of the story that we have going through, arcing through the series, of the mystery of Clara Oswald and the Doctor trying to figure out who she is. It's set up so brilliantly from everything that we've done so far through Steven. So, it's exciting.
Access: It has to be said - the fans are talking about it - you have - your character anyway, has an incredible chemistry and flirtation and she's already kissed the Doctor. He's married of course.
Jenna-Louise: He is, but she doesn't know that.
Access: And I'm not sure he does either. Can we expect some romance?
Jenna-Louise: I think - well -- we start Series 7 and it's very much like -- we haven't met this Clara before, so we start the story again. So, what happens in the Christmas episode doesn't necessarily carry on through. I think there's definitely always a certain level of kind of a frisson and a flirtation and kind of a form of attraction always between the Doctor and his companions... She's pretty feisty -- especially in the Christmas episode -- she fancied the Doctor. She was intrigued by him and she was curious. She wanted to know more, but also kind of likes to make fun of him at the same time.