Interview: Russell Tovey - George in Being Human
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How do viewers meet George at the beginning of series three? George is in a place of fresh beginnings. We have lost Annie and we've decided we're going to leave Bristol. We have to leave – Mitchell doesn't want to be there anymore. George is unaware of what Mitchell's been through but he's worried about it – he knows Mitchell has gone somewhere dark and he is trying to bring him back. George and Nina are now a unit and they are very happy together for once. That's their fresh start and they have their vampire friend with them, but it feels as though they are really on their quest for happily ever after – and that is what George has always wanted. So, he is in this place of keeping everything good, everything is fine and going well – so let's not think about the bad things. Yes, we miss Annie, but let's just keep going. How does George feel about the move to Barry? I think he is sad because the house is always where they made their friendships – the house is always heavily associated with Annie. But I think he loves a new beginning. In the second series, he and Nina weren't really together and he would go off and meet loads of other girls and loads of things were happening to George. He was very unhappy and just missed her so much. Now they are together, they are going to start afresh and let it be a new beginning, a new page, and I think that is good for George. Do you think George has a new confidence that viewers didn't see in the first two series? Yeah, because he has got a comrade. And yes, he gave her [Nina] the curse but she doesn't blame him anymore, she accepts it. So he's got someone who understands him completely, accepts him completely and loves him completely, so that in itself makes him a lot more confident and a lot happier – which I think is tough for Mitchell because he has always felt like he was George's crutch, a co-dependent relationship. But now it feels like George's affections and dependency is going onto Nina and I think that is quite hard for Mitchell. Does George's relationship with Nina affect the friends' relationship? By George getting closer and becoming more dependent on Nina, and spending all his time with Nina, I think Mitchell ends up feeling neglected – which is the worse thing that could happen for Mitchell because he needs to feel human and needed and the reason he has to stay on the straight and narrow is for other people. So, if other people start not needing him as much it's easier for him to abandon this life choice of abstaining from blood so he can slip back into the dark side. I think the knock-on effect with Annie, as well, is that the friends are kind of… when anyone gets into a relationship they end up moving on, they end up neglecting their friends and going out and just spend time with the person they are in love with. It's not a horrible thing, they don't do it on purpose, but that is just what happens in relationships. And, suddenly, if you are in a house where someone is in a relationship in that house, there are a lot of different dynamics unlike if you were just single friends. So I think that is kind of a test. I mean nobody turns against Nina, everyone loves Nina, but for George he rather selfishly thinks: "Everything is going well for me, so everything should be going well for everyone else."
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