Interview: 'Mr. Robot' Stars Carly Chaikin And Portia Doubleday

When Mr. Robot returns for Season 2 on July 13, that will mean more turmoil for Darlene and Angela – as if they haven’t had enough. Actresses Carly Chaikin (pictured above) and Portia Doubleday sat down with Starpulse at New York Comic Con to discuss the girl power of Mr. Robot.

The two of them had different experiences in the show’s first season. “For me, going into Season 1 was very exciting and nerve-wracking,” Carly told us, “because in the pilot I only have a few lines, so I really didn’t have any text to go off of what was going to happen to my character or have that great of a grasp on her just from the pilot.

“Obviously I met with [series creator] Sam [Esmail] and talked a lot about what was going to happen,” she continued, “but I think after doing Season 1 you get to know your character in a story and everything so well. Season 1 is sort of like a discovery period and so going into Season 2, I feel like it’s a lot easier because I feel more confident in who I am as Darlene. [But] there’s still the surprise because we don’t know what’s going to happen.”

“I knew what my arc was going to be before I started shooting; I just didn’t know what it was going to look like,” said Portia. “I guess that’s the fun of doing a TV show, because I’ve never been on a show like this where I’ve had such a drastic change and with Sam, you actually don’t know what’s going to happen. I was just asking him, now what? It can go in any direction.”

“I’m just excited with the things that I’ve found and the relationships. I’m excited to see where it goes. Especially our relationship,” Carly added. “I didn’t know that we would have that kind of connection with each other before we shot it. I was just like this is cool, they get to have a moment, but our personal relationship shined through.”