Dafne Keen burst onto the pop culture scene with her memorable performance as Wolverine's daughter in Logan. The actress was poised for a bright future when she next joined the HBO fantasy drama His Dark Materials in the lead role. The show has garnered critical acclaim for its storyline in the first season, as well as the revolving door of distinguished actors who show up in various roles. In an interview with Fandom, Keene revealed she is kept in the dark by the showrunners regarding the big names that regularly feature in the series.
"It's basically - I have a mini heart attack every day. Every time there's a [new] character, I'm nagging the producers to tell me who the character is going to be played by. And when they don't tell you you know it's going to be someone big. Last time they were like 'We can't tell you,' it was Terrance Stamp.... They told me it was him two days before [filming]. And Terrance Stamp walked on set and it went absolutely silent. Everyone was like 'It's such an honor to meet you.' He's absolutely lovely. All of these incredible people that are in the cast, they're so nice in real life. You realize they're just actual human beings, not just mega-stars. Well, mega-stars are all humans [laughs], but they're just great!"
In His Dark Materials, Keen plays the role of Lyra Belacqua, who exists in an alternate world where every human has an animal companion called a dæmon, that is a manifestation of the human soul. The first season of the show was rough for Lyra, as she discovered the truth about who her parents were, and the loss of her friend Roger. Going into Season 2, Keen believes Lrya will have to work through some heavy stuff, as she sets out to explore alternate worlds, including ours. But according to the actress, her character is more than up to the task.
"I think in Season 1, so many things happened so quickly that Season 2 is more of a processing point. Everything we just witnessed happened and it's this realizing point for Lyra, where she goes 'I was an orphan a few months ago, and now not only am I not an orphan but I thought my parents were nice people who died in a sad situation and frankly, they're both child-killing psychopaths. And the only person who was ever there for me is now gone and it's basically because of me.' So Lyra is grieving through the entirety of Season 2. But what I really admire about Lyra is she carries on. She doesn't stop and wallow... She gets stuff done even if she's sad."
Airing on HBO on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, His Dark Materials Season 2 features Dafne Keen as Lyra, Amir Wilson as Will Parry, Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby and Andrew Scott as John Parry. Fandom.com was the first to come with this news.