SPOILER ALERT!! – Continuing the Q & A series leading up to the BBC America broadcast of Torchwood: Children of Earth (July 20th @ 9 p.m. EST/PST). This time around, Kai Owen, who plays Gwen’s devoted husband Rhys Williams, talks about his character’s involvement in the latest Torchwood adventure.
In Torchwood: Children of Earth, Rhys Williams finds himself well and truly thrown in at the deep end, on the run with wife Gwen, as government hit squads hunt them down. Rhys is the ordinary guy in the street. He’s the average person’s eyes and ears and says what he thinks about the situations that Torchwood finds itself in, bringing the reality back to the team. It makes Torchwood real.
KAI OWEN – It’s fast-moving and non-stop, no holds barred from the get-go and it gets faster and faster, building to a massive climax. It’s also got a lot of heart, it’s sexy and it’s classy. And even though it’s a bit extraordinary at times, it’s very real. I think it has something for everybody. Torchwood: Children Of Earth is very different to the previous series. I loved the story arc. We were very used to there being different stories spread across 13 episodes – with the only constant being the characters. I was very excited about the scripts for this new series, even more so as Russell [T. Davies] had written some of them. Every episode gets better and better. The story is so strong that people who watch the first episode will have to watch the other four.
Over the years, Rhys has become fully aware of the dangerous underworld that Torchwood inhabits, but sometimes, as Kai admits, Rhys would probably rather not actually be so involved.
KO – To be honest, if he had a choice, I think Rhys would rather not become involved. He doesn’t run away from it – he’s seen so many things. He’s very brave and fully aware of what Gwen [Eve Myles] does and what she comes across. Rhys also knows that she’s absolutely fantastic at her job. He wants Gwen safe. If he was sitting at home knowing that the government wanted to wipe out Torchwood, then he’d want to be with Gwen. I think he’s happy to be more involved in this series because he knows that he can keep an eye on her, but he really wants to go home to his Mum’s and have a cup of tea.
Being surrounded by so many out of the ordinary events, Rhys has naturally become more aware of what’s going on around him. In this new series, his instincts kick in and he starts to put the pieces of the puzzle together at an early stage.
KO – Rhys is very aware of the weird happenings and what’s going on around him. When Gwen phones him, he knows something is up with the kids and that this is a job for “my Gwen.” He’s a lot more interested in it now, and he comes up with his own theories about what’s going on with the children.
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