Anna is in the early stages of being considered for an Emmy nod for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn! Anna and Halo 4 co-star Tom Green, also up for a nomination, are interviewed by Haloway Point about their reactions to this and more about the making of the film.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Interviews with Anna Popplewell and Tom Green
We are thrilled to announce that many of the talented people behind Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn have been put into consideration for an Emmy! Check out the categories below and to celebrate, enjoy our chat with Tom Green (Thomas Lasky) and Anna Popplewell (Chyler Silva).
Anna Popplewell’s Interview
How did you prepare for your role? What kind of training did you need?
Anna: I tried to immerse myself in the Halo universe as much as I could. I read and watched everything I could get my hands on. The Halo novels The Fall of Reach and Contact Harvest were especially useful for contextualizing the period of Halo mythology when our story is set. I also played the game, of course. I’m useless at the game, sadly! When the cast arrived in Vancouver, we went through a military boot camp, learning such tactics as how to handle rifles, march, do drills, assault courses and pushups. It was tough but really taught us to act like a squad and gave a sense of what military training is like. Documentaries on West Point Academy and the war documentaries Restrepo and Armadillo were also particularly useful.
What was it like getting to see and meet Halo fans at events?
Anna: It’s both terrifying and wonderful to work in a franchise like Halo. It’s amazing that it has such a huge number of enthusiastic fans behind it, who are so involved in the world and hungry for its live-action realization. However, along with that comes pressure not to disappoint the fans! So, meeting the fans is both brilliant and a little bit terrifying.
What about the story of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn drew you to the project?
Anna: The scope of the world is epic and enormous, but the humans within it are so relatable, interesting and vulnerable. I like that juxtaposition. This story takes place at a particularly interesting point in Halo history—a time when soldiers are having to entirely reconsider who they’re fighting and why.
How was working on Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn different from other projects that you’ve worked on?
Anna: It was much more physical than anything that I’ve worked on before.
How are you similar to your character? Different?
Anna: I suppose I can be as determined as Chyler, but I’m not as disciplined or as brave.
Describe your character in one word.
How does it feel to be submitted for an Emmy nomination for “#55 Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series” for your role as Chyler Silva?
Anna: It feels unreal! I’m extremely flattered to be submitted.
SPECIAL CLASS – SHORT-FORMAT LIVE ACTION ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Lydia Antonini – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/ Josh Feldman ¬ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
TOM GREEN as “Thomas Lasky” – Episode 5
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
ANNA POPPLEWELL as “Chyler Silva” – Episode 3
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Masam Holden as “Michael Sullivan” – Episode 4
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Enisha Brewster as “April Orenski” – Episode 1
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Todd Helbing & Aaron Helbing – Episodes 1 & 3
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES