‘Westworld’ Star Evan Rachel Wood Talks New ‘Messier’ Character Christina

No one stays dead for long Western world, but Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores seems to have reached the end of the road, as the actor now plays a new character in season 4.

Wood plays Christina, a character who shares very similar traits to Dolores, not including the fact that Wood plays both of them, but who is seemingly her own person.

the actor said news week that it was “bittersweet” to say goodbye to Dolores in Western world, but that “clean slate” felt like an exciting endeavor.

‘Westworld’ Star Evan Rachel Wood Talks New ‘Messier’ Character Christina

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Evan Rachel Wood as Christina in Season 4 of “Westworld.” The character is new to the show, and Wood spoke to Newsweek about “wiping the slate clean” after playing host Dolores for several years.
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Christina is a writer living in the real world and although she wakes up as Dolores once did, she certainly appears human as her routine sees her go to work and return home, where she lives with her friend Maya (Ariana DeBose), just like anyone would.

Reflecting on taking on the new role, Wood said news week: “It was bittersweet. In a way, I felt like I played a different character every season because Dolores keeps evolving, and we keep seeing different sides of her and her experiences are shaping her in different ways.

“But this really was a clean slate, [a] completely new character, so there was something exciting about that, playing a much more human version of this character.

“And normally even my movements [as Dolores] they are so controlled and precise. So being able to be a little bit messier, a little less perfect, was fun to explore.”

Wood added that he based some of Christina’s mannerisms on the show’s co-creator, Lisa Joy, who joked in the same interview that Wood would imitate her because she used her hands a lot.

Speaking to Joy, Wood added: “It’s really when you’re describing something that really means something to you and you’re painting a picture for someone else that you do.” [move your hands]. I’ve incorporated that into the character.”

Joy then chimed in, “You know what I like the most, I haven’t told you this Evan, yet, is that it’s so much fun because Evan is a chameleon and he can go in and out, you can always feel that a little bit of something emotional that’s very real within his performance.

“But this season, there’s another thing that’s so Evan, and that’s when [her] character laughs I listen [her]. It’s like, ‘There she is, there’s my girl. She is laughing!’ And it’s so human and so vibrant, and it’s so fun to listen to because Dolores’s laugh earlier is totally different.”

Wood agreed, saying, “Absolutely, yes. Even the crew members were surprised to see me, my character, smiling and laughing, it was lovely.”

Of course, this being Western world, It doesn’t seem likely that Christina is completely separate from Dolores, despite what Wood said about the character.

Dolores de Wood might have apparently died after having her memory wiped at the end of season 3, but that doesn’t mean she couldn’t have somehow returned and Christina just doesn’t realize her true identity.

The fact that James Marsden is back Western world after her host character, Teddy Flood, entered The Sublime in season 2, it also suggests that there is more to Christina than meets the eye.

Westworld Season 4 airs Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO, and episodes will be available to stream on HBO Max.

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Ariana DeBose as Maya and Evan Rachel Wood as Christina in “Westworld” Season 4. Wood told Newsweek that it was “bittersweet” saying goodbye to Dolores, but that she was excited to play a new character on the HBO show.
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