Gaiman’s TV adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens is coming to UK terrestrial TV this January and here’s Adria Arjona who plays Anathema Device, talking about it…
Can you describe Anathema to us?
Previously, she has always been told what to do. Now she is finding out about freedom and spontaneity for the first time. Another thing is that Anathema is in an occultist, so she has crystals that protect her.
How did you research that?
I have never bought a crystal in my life, so went to a crystal shop in London. It was spooky, but then I realised that occultists are human beings, and I got to understand why they would believe in it. I’m playing Anathema, so I can’t doubt it for a second.
Can you paint a picture of the world in Good Omens?
It resembles the world we live in right now. The characters are so unique and quirky. I love the fact that none of them is perfect. Neil and Terry have created a world where perfection is taboo. Normality is not OK. My character lives in a perfect English village. You could imagine that nothing ever goes wrong there, but you would be mistaken. Everything goes wrong there!
How would you characterise Anathema’s relationship with Newt?
The relationship been prophesied, so it presents Anathema with a dilemma. Do I stay with him because it is the prophecy or go off on my own? The beautiful thing is you find that Agnes Nutter has gifted Anathema this relationship. Newt pushes Anathema because he’s different, and that makes their relationship very special.
What advice has Neil given you about Anathema?
He helps me by telling me an analogy or a story. He also helped hire the actors in the first place. So he trusts us. I really appreciate that. He lets us do what we do and is not on our back. It’s been lovely to have him on set.
Has your costume helped you get into character?
Yes. When you see yourself in the mirror, it gives you the feeling of having a good posture and standing straight. It tells you about Anathema’s belief. The most important thing of all is her shoes. You need to walk in her shoes to understand her. They’re very warm and they give me an immediate feeling of what it is to be held. As soon as I put them on, I feel like her.
What do you hope audiences will gain from watching Good Omens?
People should really have fun watching it. We are making fun of everything. It doesn’t matter if the person next to you thinks differently. That’s fine. You can make fun of it. You don’t have to take opinions as Gospel. You can make fun of them and don’t have to walk on eggshells all the time. People should follow their own conscience rather than going by what they think society wants. As long as you do the right thing, you’ll be OK. If people do what’s right and fair and treat people as they would like to be treated themselves, they will be all right.
Do you think Good Omens has good lessons for us?
Definitely. I hope this drama could have an effect. When viewers watch it, they will see people from opposite teams joining together to try to make things right and fair. That’s very beautiful – and I think it should happen in the real world, too!