Anthony Head has long been a fan favorite in sci-fi and fantasy staples such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and his role as David Whele in Dominion, airing Thursdays at 10/9c on Syfy (Ch. 244), is another super-natural fit. With season 2 underway, we asked him what to expect in the remaining episodes, what he enjoys about his role, and his own TV favorites.
What can fans expect from the rest of this season of Dominion? What spoilers can you share?
This season has seriously raised the stakes, as anyone watching will tell you. All I can say is that, just when you thought it had gone about as far as it can go, it will go so much further. The roof is gonna blow off.
What drew you to this show?
I was genuinely intrigued by the concept. Vampires, demons, and the like, have been used and used again in “supernatural” storytelling. This was a completely fresh take on mankind being challenged by something we are powerless against—that, in turn, leads to some fascinating internal conflicts. And I get to play a manipulative, conniving politician within its world.
Was it challenging to take on a show that has sci-fi tones, but blends them with religious subject matter?
It was intriguing. When I was researching, I was amazed by how many religions refer to angels or winged deities—most of them, in fact. A post-apocalyptic world is a perfect parallel for the Old Testament.
Your character is not in as great of a position as he was last season. How is it playing him in a completely different position of power?
David Whele was broken at the end of last season. Vaun Wilmott—the series creator—and I talked about how that would resonate down the line. Madness bubbles away under his day-to-day living, but his instinct to survive, and political savvy, just keep him going. Man, that is fun to play.
You’ve had parts in a slew of beloved shows, what do you get recognized for most often?
I love the fact that I get recognized for such a variety of stuff, including The Iron Lady and Percy Jackson, but the universal one is of course Buffy. It’s a tribute to Joss Whedon that the writing is still so current, that it still attracts an audience, this far down the line. So many people tell me how the show helped them get through difficult times in their teens. That’s Joss for you.
When you have the time, what shows do you watch?
I have an extremely eclectic taste, but it always comes down to good storytelling for me. So, in no particular order: Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Fargo, the Danish The Killing, True Detective, (the first season—haven’t seen the new one yet), and I like where they’ve taken Elementary.
Catch up now on Dominion and watch Thursdays at 10/9c on Syfy (Ch. 244).