In the series, the Oscar-winning actress plays an astronaut, Molly Woods, who has been on a space station for a long time and is now back with her family and adjusting to normal life.
During a recent press conference, Berry was asked what drew her to the Steven Spielberg project.
“There were so many elements,” Berry said, “but probably the first one was being a mother. This was a character when I first read it that was so relatable to me. I felt like it was just in my DNA. I had a knowingness about this character. I had a fundamental understanding. While I’m not an astronaut or scientist, far, far from it, I still had an understanding about the human quality of this woman and her struggle to not only find time for herself, which is what she loves to do, … but also to be a good mother.”
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“She’s strong. She’s complicated. I’m complicated. But she has a will to survive, to win. She’s good at her heart,” said Berry.
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Like so many other big-screen actors who are making the move to television, she said the switch from the big screen to television no longer has stigma attached to it.
“And for me I feel like the best writing now is on television,” she said.
In the series, Berry's character has a robot son, Ethan (Pierce Gagnon), who was created by her husband, John (Goran Visnjic).
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She hinted that the robot theme will lead to questions about love and what makes us human.
“I don’t think there’s one thing that makes us human and that’s what this series is all about,” she said.
“Can we teach it to love? Can we give it free will? Will it act as human beings act over time? What intrigued me about this series is to try to discover the answer(s). Can we teach someone to be human? Hopefully by the time we finish this series, we might have a better answer. We might be able to intelligently talk about it. If you believe that love is what makes you human, then that beckons the question, will Ethan, will the robot, ever be able to really love? Will he be able to love Molly and John, his parents? That’s the question our show is also asking,” said Berry.
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Extant premieres Wednesday on CBS.
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