She's tough. She's a hacker. She's gorgeous. She's bisexual.
Those are just a few ways to describe the character of Dutch on FX’s hit horror series, “The Strain.”
As played by English actress Ruta Gedmintas, Dutch is one of the more complex in the series about a vampire virus taking over New York City and, eventually the world.
And, as you’ll see in this Sunday’s new episode, Dutch does have a softer side, which she sometimes shows to Visiliy Fet (Kevin Durand), who she shares more than a few sexual sparks (and those sparks may ignite a bit further in this next episode.)
I was on the Toronto set of the show earlier this year and found out a bit more about the character from Gedmintas herself, Durand and executive producer/showrunner Carlton Cuse.
Bi the Way…: Excuse the pun but Gedmintas is a fan of the fact that the story of Dutch’s sexuality is not the main point to her character. “I really like that,” she said on a break from shooting some tough, physical scenes too spoilery to discuss this early in the season. “That, to me, is how it should be, that it’s not an issue-based thing. It’s just this is a character who happens to be bi, it doesn’t have to be discussed…Dutch happens to find love with both men and women, and that’s the way it should be played.” And while she may be getting closer to Fet, don’t be surprised if things get a tad more complicated as the season progresses.
Sexuality No Big Deal: Cuse explained that when they created Dutch her bisexuality wasn’t going to be a big deal. “There’s no need to hang a lantern on it,” he said. “Dutch is someone who has two compelling people in her life. One happens to be a man and one happens to be a woman…it didn’t need to be an issue in itself.”
Dutch + Fet = Chemistry! Durand gave praise for his co-star, who he gets a bit closer to in the new season. “There’s a real chemistry between those two characters and we definitely explore that a bit,” he said. “Ruta’s a terrific actress. So she’s been really fun just to play scenes with and I hope the fans dig that storyline. I think it’s cool.”
Gedmintas added, "I would definitely say there's an exploration into what those sparks might mean. We have a lot of fun scenes together and I think the audience will be intrigued by where the relationship goes or doesn't go.
Fun Time: The English actress explained we’ll get a chance to see a more fun side to her character. “The instinct of Dutch is always to put up a bit of a defense and to put up a barrier against people. She’s on the defensive and she doesn’t really show herself too much, and that breaks down slowly in Season 2,” she shared. “You see the different relationships she has with various members of the group that you know and various other people that you don’t know. You definitely see more sides to her which has been very fun to play.”
The Artful Hacker: “I think that in this world, where everything is about survival, every character finds their own tool in which to survive, but also have a sense of normality,” Gedmintas explained. “For Dutch, she has a few things in her world that she clings on to, to feel normal, and her art is one of them. And whenever there’s a chance for her to use her computer skills again for good, then she jumps at it.”
She’s a Fighter: The actress said that Dutch still sometimes acts without thinking but “I think she’s learning that her actions have consequences but she still has that impulsive energy to her,” she shared. “The thing that I really love about Dutch is she never stops fighting. Whatever the situation that she’s in, she always gives a good defense. So, there are still moments where I read it and I’m like, ‘Aw, come on Dutch,’ but it is really fun to play.”
“The Strain” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on FX.
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