Returnal’s Jane Perry On Winning Best Performer At This Year’s BAFTAs

“It was hard sometimes, because she goes to some really dark places and her journey is a very psychological one,” Jane Perry tells me about her character Selene Vassos in Housemarque’s Returnal, having just picked up the BAFTA for Performer in a Leading Role at this year’s ceremony. With trophy in hand, I caught up with her to talk about the rewards and challenges that came with stepping into the shoes of such a multifaceted heroine.

“There’s a lot of subconscious things going on with [her character],” she continues. “As I said in my speech, she’s dealing with a lot of loss and trauma in her life. Then she finds herself in this incredible, hostile environment she needs to fight her way through. There’s no joke or light little reprieve – it’s full on – so that was really challenging. I would go home and be like, ‘Wow that was a day in the studio oh my goodness’ but when these things are so hard to play and difficult to do there’s still so much joy and pleasure in it. Because we don’t always have the opportunity to go on these great journeys with a character, and I’m so grateful to be able to do that.”

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