(Photo by Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)With the film industry drastically changed in 2020, awards season is also looking quite different this year, as nearly every planned ceremony for 2021 has been pushed. But there s plenty to celebrate in film and television, especially since the entire world has had plenty of time to catch up over the past few months.The Oscars, Golden Globes, and BAFTAS have already announced the dates of their
Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: One of the things that struck me about The Flood is that we re watching someone basically go to work; she s kind of a cog in this bureaucratic machine. We don t really see a lot of stories about people just doing the work and the sort of dilemmas that come up with that.Lena Headey: It s just basic. Do you know what I mean? What I love about it is there s no frivolity in the film, and it doesn t shove any message in anyone s face. It s like: This is it. Obviously, we ve dramatized moments, to make it kind of cinema-worthy, but you re just watching someone on the grind, you know what I mean?I like that you said that the movie doesn t deliver this strong message on either side. I was reading a review that took a dig at the movie for not having a view, and I thought to myself that kind of misses the point, because this is a complex and nuanced situation. Headey: It s so complicated, yeah, so complicated. There were so many opinions, so many opinions, you know what I mean? It s just like, watch this. This is what s happening daily, and we kind of just brush over it.I know that you ve done some work with International Rescue Committee, and obviously you EPed this project. Was there a moment that shook you out of whatever it was and made you get more actively involved or interested in this cause?Headey: Yeah. Yep. I d been reading, obviously, and listening to everything happening in Syria, and then it was Alan Kurdi, whose body washed up on the shores of Bodrum, dead. It just moved me. Then I kind of got more involved, and I started watching more stories, and I saw this woman who had a child who [was near an officer] at a border. She was just like, “Take my child so he can live.” Then, it sort of opened the floodgates, as it were. There s no returning for me after that.You went to the camps, right, at Lesbos?Headey: Mm-hmm, yeah. I went to about five different camps over the time I ve been working with them, yeah. Watching this film and how it turned out, do you feel like what we see of the The Jungle refugee camp will give people who have no concept of what life could possibly be like there some insight into it?Headey: Yeah, I think it gives you a tiny it s sort of a swallowable thing to see. It s just moving enough, hopefully it ll anger people enough. But, of course, there are far worse things going on. We concentrated on Ivanno s character, Haile, so the film s really about his journey.What is something that s surprised you that you ve learned about the refugee crisis since becoming involved?Headey: Human resilience. How people with absolutely f k all, who ve lost every possible thing, can still smile and offer you a cup of tea when they ve got nothing. I think that s something we can all learn right now.I m going to pivot a little bit, back a few years, if you don t mind. The RT staff and audience are all huge fans of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. With so many series reboots happening, if someone came to you and asked you to play her again, would you consider it?Headey: I would totally do it if it was on like a cable channel, so we could be more dirty with it. Yeah, yeah, make it a bit more grungy, do you know what I mean? As it would be, yeah, and not bring any men in. Maybe an actor or two, but I think she needs to be able to handle herself.One reboot of sorts you re a part of is Netflix s upcoming animated Masters of the Universe: Revelation. Have you started recording yet?Headey: Yeah, we ve done a few episodes. I did a session with Mark Hamill, which was great. He s really wonderful to watch and a lovely guy. We ve got a bit more to do. I think this whole thing has shut down so many things.You play Skeletor s [Hamill] second-in-command, Evil-Lyn. What can we expect from your take on the character?Headey: I think she s pretty loyal to the original material, character-wise. I m not doing any sort of grand, strange voice, no. It s more about her, who she is, and her relationships. She s quite a weirdo.The Flood is available on VOD from Friday, May 1, 2020.