Cloak and Dagger star Andrea Roth is no stranger to flawed, complex characters, and told FanSided how Melissa Bowen has more drama in her future.
Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger isn’t just about the title characters. Andrea Roth’s portrayal of Melissa Bowen, the complicated mother of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt), is just as much a reason to watch the series.
Melissa’s world is upside-down in many ways: She struggles with alcohol addiction, is trying to clear her husband’s name, and has her own issues to sort out before we even talk about the fact that her daughter has special powers.
Ahead of tonight’s new episode “Call/Response,” which may involve even more for Melissa to handle, FanSided talked to Andrea Roth about how she sees Melissa Bowen and how she’s liking being part of the Marvel Universe.
Find out what Andrea had to tell us below, and don’t miss a new episode of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger tonight on Freeform at 8:00 p.m. ET.
FanSided: Melissa and her boyfriend Greg (Gary Weeks) are still looking into Roxxon this week, plus Melissa has Tandy to worry about. How much trouble is ahead for Melissa?
Andrea Roth (AR): I’m finally onto a little bit of something with my new beau, who’s going to help me out. I’m having a reignited fuel and hope that we’re going to clear my husband’s name. Unfortunately, Tandy is headstrong but much more than I; she goes out and actively starts checking things out and getting involved, so I think the danger right now lies more with her.
FanSided: How would you characterize her relationship with Tandy? They obviously have their problems, but Melissa’s love for her daughter seems genuine even through her flaws.
AR: At the core, she loves her daughter deeply. Unfortunately, her addiction to alcohol and drugs severely limits her skills and her ability to be as proactive or make healthy choices. I think she doesn’t like herself and her weakness, with her drugs and drinking. She tries to get to Tandy, but it’s really tough, based on the fact that she’s [got] a hard head and has a lot of understandable anger at [Melissa]. It’s great for the dynamic.
FanSided: That’s one of the interesting aspects of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, that the parents have their own storylines and aren’t written solely as supporting characters for the kids. How has Melissa Bowen developed?
AR: The adults on the show are incredibly lucky because [showrunner] Joe [Pokaski] and our team of writers have fully fleshed out things for us. I remember Joe said that there’s survivor’s guilt for the kids and how they’re dealing with it. I think what’s interesting is all those parents have that too, have our own weird survivor’s guilt that we’re struggling with, and Joe just kind of weaved it into everything. They’re very secretive, so each episode I would learn a little bit more about my character, and I think she becomes more complex.
FanSided: Is that part of what attracted you to the series or what made Andrea Roth connect with Melissa?
AR: The material that I was given was just so great, because it was a woman who was obviously overly indulgent. All I knew in the beginning is that she was over-indulgent with alcohol and was living in a trailer and had once been wealthy. That just seemed a great complex role to do. And Joe, which I knew him from Heroes, it was really exciting to be able to work with him and his writers.
FanSided: What stands out to Andrea Roth about Cloak and Dagger season 1 so far?
AR: I’m incredibly proud. It’s a lot of fun to work with Olivia all the time. Everyone and anyone who interviews her knows how special and good and real she is. To me, the strongest thing right now is I’m so proud to be on the show. I never pictured myself as somebody that would get put into the Marvel world, and I am grateful.
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