SEVERANCE Star Dichen Lachman Reflects On That Wild Cliffhanger Finale & Teases Season 2 (Exclusive)

While talking to actress Dichen Lachman about her role in Jurassic World: Dominion, we also got a chance to ask about that jaw-dropping Severance finale and what awaits us all in season two!

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With the Jurassic World: Dominion - Extended Edition now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD across the globe, we sat down with actress Dichen Lachman to talk about her villainous role in the film. We also got a chance to ask her about one of her other major projects, the acclaimed Apple TV+ drama, Severance.

While we asked about the upcoming season two, Lachman understandably remained mum on any potential spoiler talk, saying with a laugh, "I cannot tease anything cause I think Ben Stiller would appear and cover my mouth. No spoilers!

However, she then continued, "I will tell you that we are gearing up, and we hope to be on set in October sometime. I am so excited for all the actors, and for Ben and Dan, who are nominated for Emmys. It's so exciting. To just know that, at the end, the wonderful work is rewarded with this recognition. That show is extraordinary, I am so grateful that you've watched it, and that you love it.

For Dan, it's just been so surreal for him, and for me, again, it's like another Jurassic experience. It’s like, you get on set, and you're working with these people who you have admired for your whole life leading up into deciding to be an actor and you hope and you dream that you get to work with these people, like on Jurassic or Severance, and then all of a sudden, they're right there and you have to work with them. In a way you have to kind of desensitize the fan in you and you have to kind of shut that down and turn into a professional and sometimes that's kind of hard, especially with COVID on Severance, we weren't in a bubble, but everyone was - you didn't get to know anyone, everyone was distanced, and unless you were in a scene and the camera was rolling, everyone was very isolated from each other.

But yeah, it's like another one of those situations where you just can't believe that you're in it, and how fortunate you are to be in this position to watch these people work and to work with them is wonderful."

Considering the show's rollout on Apple TV+, we also asked about her initial reaction to the incredible reception the series received from critics and audiences alike, especially after that jaw-dropping cliffhanger finale, which is expected to have huge ramifications for her character moving forward. She recounted her perspective: 

"I've actually been in London, back and forth, and in England, Apple TV hasn't sort of taken off, but I guess online, I saw people's reaction, and I was so happy. I was so happy that it paid off.

Ben, obviously, I’m going to say spoiler alert now, just in case there are people out there who haven't seen it. There is a cliffhanger moment on the show, which just, it made people really angry, and it made people really excited like, “How dare you end like that?!” I read the scripts for the whole show in the Jurassic bubble hotel. It's sort of like one thing led to the other and I just couldn't put them down. I knew what the ending was going to be when I met with Ben, but I hadn't read anything, and so it was one of the most fun, exciting TV show scripts I've ever read.

I'm so grateful that you love it, and I hope that more and more people because of all the nominations, see the show, because it's shot like a film. Someone asked me earlier, what's the difference between shooting a film and all the shows that you've done, and it's the time that they take, on a movie, you might shoot one or two pages a day, if you're lucky three, but in TV, usually, it's like seven, eight, nine pages, depending on the show, and everything's just like, boom, boom, boom, and it's kind of rushed. But on Severance, even though it's television, Ben is so specific and so precise about his work that it was shot like a movie, we took so much time to just play and explore, and there was not one detail, that was not thought about, and when you talk to Dan, or to the production designer or to Ben, there is a reason why anything is in the frame, or anything is in the story. There's nothing that's arbitrary. Everything has a reason.

So, it's been really exciting to work in a TV space where you can tell a story over a longer period of time, but it functions like a film in terms of the effort and the detail that you're able to put into it because of the people who are involved."

The Jurassic World: Dominion - Extended Edition is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD! 

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In our review of Colin Trevorrow's franchise capper, we said "Jurassic World: Dominion is pure dinosaur mayhem at its finest, 100% fueled by nostalgia and amplified by epic dinosaur action, making it one of the more fun films of the summer. Due to a so-so story, enjoyment will likely heavily depend on your investment in the series, but if you’re looking for two hours of chaotic entertainment, then this is definitely the film for you."

The star-studded cast of the Jurassic World: Dominion features Jurassic alums Chris Pratt (Owen Grady), Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire Dearing), 3x Golden Globe-nominee Sam Neill (Alan Grant), Academy Award-winner Laura Dern (Ellie Sattler), Academy Award-nominee Jeff Goldblum (Ian Malcolm), BD Wong (Dr. Henry Wu), Omar Sy (Barry Sembane), Justice Smith (Franklin Webb), Daniella Pineda (Zia Rodriguez), and Isabella Sermon (Maisie Lockwood).

Newcomers to the franchise include DeWanda Wise (She's Gotta Have It) as Kayla Watts, Mamoudou Athie (Sorry for Your Loss) as Ramsay Cole, Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man) as Dr. Lewis Dodgson, Scott Haze (Venom) as Rainn Delacourt, Dichen Lachman (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Soyona Santos, Kristoffer Polaha (Wonder Woman 1984) as Wyatt Huntley, Elva Trill (Starstruck) as Charlotte Lockwood, Dimitri Thivalos in an undisclosed role, and Varada Sethu (Now You See Me 2) as Shira.

This summer, experience the epic conclusion to the Jurassic era as two generations unite for the first time. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are joined by Oscar®-winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill in Jurassic World Dominion, a bold, timely and breathtaking new adventure that spans the globe. From Jurassic World architect and director Colin Trevorrow, Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.

The Jurassic World: Dominion - Extended Edition is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD! 

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