Monday, 28 January 2013
Sci-Fi Blast From The Past - Naomie Harris (The Tomorrow People)
In today's Sci-Fi Blast From The Past, the beautiful and talented Naomie Harris reveals how she first became involved in the 90's Sci-Fi Nickelodeon TV series The Tomorrow People.
Naomie Harris had just finished taking her G.C.E.s and was taking a break before going on to her A-levels when the opportunity came up for her to audition for a part in The Tomorrow People, an updated version of the 1970s series being developed by its original creator Roger Damon Price and produced by Thames Television and Tetra Films of Britain in association with America's Nickelodeon Television. "My mum's boyfriend, who is an assistant director, was being interviewed for a job on the series," she recalls. "He overheard that they were looking for someone who fit my description, so, he sent them a tape of me in a program that I had been shooting the summer before called Runaway Bay.
"They must have liked what they saw because they asked me to come in for an audition, which I did. In fact, I went in for three auditions. Each time there were loads of other girls there auditioning and I didn't really think I stood a chance of getting the part. After what seemed like forever, they sent the video they had taken of me over to America, got the OK from them and told me that I had the part!"
The Culex Experiment, the first episode of the second series of The Tomorrow People, marks the actress's debut as Ami. Kevin (Adam Pearce), a fellow Tomorrow Person, witnesses a scientist being bitten by a mosquito and falling unconscious. The scientist is taken away on a motorcycle by two figures dressed in white jumpsuits and black helmets. Before he can report what he has seen to his friends he also is bitten, setting off a chain of events in which the gifted youngsters must stop a scientist named Culex (Jean Marsh) from producing millions of these deadly insects.
"Ami is a bit of a tomboy," explains the actress. "She is also a whizkid on computers and loves a good adventure. She discovers that she is a Tomorrow Person when visiting her mother in hospital and has a flash of what had happened to the boy in the ward next door, without understanding why she feels drawn to the boy.
"She knows what had happened to him, who he is, and other details about him. Her insight into what had happened to Kevin makes the other Tomorrow People, Adam [Kristian Schmid] and Megabyte [Christian Tessier], realize that she must be one of them. After a lot of cajoling she finally allows them to take her back to their spaceship where she realizes once and for all she most definitely is a Tomorrow Person."
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