April 28, 2016

How will Lily play into all of this?
I just had dinner with Billie Piper two nights ago, as a matter of fact, so Lily is much on my mind. When Lily ended last season, it was in quite a dominant and powerful position, and she continues that this season in a sort of unholy marriage with Dorian Gray: these two immortal beings who have real plans for domination, and, in Lily’s case, revenge upon mankind for the ailments that have been heaped upon her her entire life. And Lily’s story is surprisingly social. It has to do with the empowerment of women. Her version of that, being as warped and demented and power-mad as she is, is an extremely violent version of it, but in I think it’s the second or third episode, we see a suffragette rally, and there’s a lot of talk about the place of women in this society, which is one of the reasons why I wrote this show in the first place. I built it around these strong female characters, like Vanessa Ives or Lily or even the Cut-Wife last year, Dr. Seward this season. And Lily has this acolyte she brings into her world played by Jessica Barden, whose character’s name is Justine. So it’s a surprisingly social mission that she’s on. It has to do with the male-female relationship in Victorian London, but in a uniquely horrific way.

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April 27, 2016

What drew you to Penny Dreadful in the first place?

Billie Piper: The script immediately hooked me – that’s the only place to start. I was also attracted by the people involved and the promise of playing ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’!

Were you at all daunted by the idea of playing such an iconic character?

Billie: No, because I knew it would be a very tasty interpretation. It wasn’t going to be a simple resurrection of a classic character. During the course of Penny Dreadful, you might actually find out more about that kind of chick!

Lily is a woman on a mission in the third series. Do we discover more about what drives her?

Billie: Yes. I’d say you’re going to get a taste of her back story in this series. You’ll see everything that has led her into this angry, villainous quest.

Would you regard Lily as a feminist?

Billie: Absolutely. This becomes a feminist tale because she and Dorian have recruited an army of fallen women in the name of justice. The root of Lily’s anger is the horrific things that have happened to her and to women at large. That really is the cause of her new movement – and I would call it a movement.

Please talk us through Lily’s relationship with Dorian Gray.

Billie: She and Dorian have a tricky, strained relationship. They have their own agendas, but they enable each other to achieve things. In Dorian, Lily has found her ally. He has the means and the money, and he is also immortal. Together, they can do whatever the hell they want.

Are you ever affected by the goriness of some of the scenes?

Billie: No. It’s one thing doing it, and another thing watching it. So I don’t feel the gore that everyone else talks about. Thankfully, we break it down into such tiny moments that – and I hate to say this – it becomes normalised.

Why are fantasy shows such as Penny Dreadful so popular at the moment?

Billie: It’s a sign of the times. It’s absolute escapism. We want to lose ourselves in things that are not at all normal. We are looking for stories about heroes and villains, and that appetite just keeps going strong. Ultimately, it’s about this amazing bunch of characters lost in their own realm. If you feel an outsider, then emotionally you will find something to connect with in Penny Dreadful.

Why have these great fictional characters endured so well?

Billie: They’re classic stories, aren’t they? They never get old. Every generation wants to interpret them differently.

Would you like to make more series of Penny Dreadful?

Billie: Yes, I’d love to. I really hope we do more because this drama is too good to phase out. As we go on, the stories are getting way more tasty!

Finally, have you enjoyed the role of Lily?

Billie: I love playing her because as Lily I get to do all the things I wouldn’t dream of doing in my real life! That’s a massive attraction for me!

Penny Dreadful Season 3 premieres May 3 at 10pm on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV

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April 23, 2016

I’ve added HQ stills of Billie as Lily from Episode 2 – “Predators Far and Near”! Thanks to Far Far Away for these!

EPISODE STILLS > 3×02: PREDATORS FAR AND NEAR

April 18, 2016

Billie was spotted in London today (18th April) with Eugene. HQ photos below.

18TH APRIL | IN LONDON WITH EUGENE

April 09, 2016

Billie was spotted arriving at LAX Airport yesterday (8th April). HQ candids below. Hopefully she’s here for work!

8TH APRIL | ARRIVING AT LAX AIRPORT

April 04, 2016

Billie attended WizardWorld Con in St Louis this weekend, including a panel with David! Photos below:

2ND APRIL | ST LOUIS WIZARDWORLD CON
3RD APRIL | ST LOUIS WIZARDWORLD CON