“The director didn’t want anything robotic in a clichéd or a jerky way,” she says.
“I was given a lot of homework: I had to practise ironing as a synth, practise washing up as a synth, cooking a meal as a synth.
As a human, you don’t have to be too conscious of your movement.
I think it’s tougher playing a robot than a human, and even tougher playing a robot who begins showing traces of being a human.” As preparation for the part, Chan attended “synth school”, where choreographer Dan O’Neill taught her, along with the other actors playing robots, the graceful and smooth movements needed to portray the cyborgs in the series.
In an early scene, I was going down the stairs with a basket of washing and, of course, I wasn’t allowed to look down.