ComingSoon Senior Editor Spencer Legacy spoke with Amber Rose Revah about her mysterious role in Peacock’s limited series Last Light. Revah discussed her affinity for playing strong women and her time at Marvel.
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“In the series, Petro-chemist Andy Yeats knows how dependent the world is on oil; if something were to happen to the world’s oil supply, it would set off a chain reaction: transportation would grind to a halt, supplies would cease to be delivered, law enforcement would be overwhelmed,” reads the synopsis. “While on a business trip to the Middle East, Andy realizes that his worst fears are coming true and his family is separated at this crucial moment. His teenage daughter, Laura, is alone at home in London while his wife, Elena, and young son, Sam, are in Paris. Amid this chaos, each family member will sacrifice everything to find one another, despite the distance and the dangers that separate them.”
Spencer Legacy: What was it that drew you to Last Light when you heard about it?
Amber Rose Revah: When I was first sent the script, I saw the character in it. It really, really spoke to me. She’s so capable and she’s so independent. And I love the relationship with Andy [Matthew Fox’s character], which … most of Mika’s scenes, her whole story goes alongside. I thought you don’t get to often see that on screen, and it’s great. You have this platonic relationship where they’re both very capable, they’re both on a journey and have a bigger picture of what they want to achieve, but they’re going on this journey together and aiding each other in different ways, and, ultimately, both finding their goal. It’s really interesting to play that for me. So I loved it when I saw the character.
You mentioned the platonic relationship. It’s really interesting and it’s not as common. Was it refreshing to be playing more of a friend or ally role than having to be like a romantic lead as well?
I think it really was. When you take that away, then you have to actually discover what there is behind that. I think often that can almost mask other aspects of relationships. So for me, it was great to discover that if you think, “well, once that’s taken away, now we have to work to discover what are those things and those relationships.” And that makes it really interesting to go on that journey with the two of them.
Your character’s very mysterious but also has that family motivator that kind of makes her more relatable to the audience. Was it difficult to balance that badass mystique with the approachable side?
I’m hoping it worked, because I haven’t seen the whole series, but that’s kind of what I was aiming for. With that line where she talks about her family, it’s like we steer away from that so much with her throughout because we want the audience to keep guessing. And that just brings it home that she’s got a family, she’s got something. When she leaves her work behind, she is a different person. I think we all do that. We go to work. We can be one person [when] we’re at home with our kids, a different person … it’s our own superpower, being able to do that. I love the fact that you are unsure and then it brings at home at the end.
You’ve done a lot of action suspense roles. What is it about this genre that appeals to you?
Well, I must say, I think playing women that are very capable is a big part of it. That doesn’t have to be in a physical manner at all. It just happens for me that it often can be, and I’ve done a lot of physical roles on screen. I’ve always loved sports growing up and I’ve always enjoyed doing that. So I think it combines the fact that often it’s playing those very capable women with the fact that it’s something that I enjoy and it’s learning different things, learning new techniques, which is great.
What’s one characteristic of your character that has really stayed with you since filming?
That’s a really interesting question … I think because she’s so different to probably how I am. As you can hear, I talk a lot and I’m always rushing about, and she keeps a lot close to her chest. What’s something that I would keep from her character … I mean, I’d hope to say just the strength, you know? Her capability to be able to be 100% committed in her work. Then I imagine her as 100% committed in her other life and in her family life. I’d hope that I’m able to do that too in my own life.
You were also great in Punisher. What was it like to be part of such a huge cultural pillar like Marvel?
Marvel is kind of … I don’t think there’s anything comparable. It was incredible to do and be part of that. Also playing the role, regardless of if it was in Marvel or something else, but playing that character which was created …that, again, shows she can hold her own — and so can Mika — and that’s what I love. I love playing those kind of characters.