EP Gives Real Reason Behind Poison Ivy’s Aging on Gotham’s Third Season
The future Poison Ivy is about to go through a huge growth spurt on Gotham’s third season. EP Ken Woodruff has given a more detailed explanation behind the decision to rapidly age the character, who is now being portrayed by soap actress Maggie Geha.
One of the biggest changes being made on the new season of Gotham is the supernatural aging of Ivy Pepper into a mature version of the character who is more like her comic counterpart. Even though the show will explain her change through one of Hugo Strange’s monsters, Woodruff gave a more in-depth explanation on why the team decided to age Ivy. “We made the change for two reasons: The character Ivy in the comics, one of her greatest powers is the power of seduction,” Woodruff told The Hollywood Reporter. He added:
Everyone was much more comfortable with that with an older actress as opposed to a teenager. We want to explore that classic, canonical power of Ivy. And we didn’t just make her older with that attack. When she’s changed and transformed, there’s a real character change as well. She’ll still have some of the same traits, but she’ll be much darker, more manipulative than the Ivy we’ve seen so far. There’s a more evil quality to her as well. It’s more than just physical.
Maggie Geha, who plays the more mature Ivy, also opened up on her character’s transformation in an interview with TV Guide, saying that not everything about little Ivy has disappeared.
Ivy has been reborn, and she is completely different, on the inside as well as out. Ivy’s main passion in life is plants and nature. She doesn’t have any real regard for people. She still has a little bit of the Little Ivy in her; she’s not completely-completely changed. I think that Little Ivy is sort of relishing in the physical transformation and realizing all the power that she now has and what she can do to people and how she can manipulate people. She’s definitely transforming into a darker version of herself.
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