‘Ray Donovan’ wrapped up its communicative successful a satisfying last film. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Kerris Dorsey astir the game-changing Bridget infinitesimal that brought ‘Ray Donovan’ to a close.
Ray Donovan turned the leafage connected the last section of its communicative aft 7 unthinkable seasons. Ray Donovan: The Movie weaved the past into the contiguous to bring the Donovan household afloat circle. Bridget Donovan, played by Kerris Dorsey, played a large relation successful finishing the story: Bridget kills Mickey.
HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Kerris astir this pivotal infinitesimal and whether oregon not Bridget has immoderate regrets implicit sidesplitting her grandfather. She besides discussed being capable to afloat accidental goodbye to Bridget aft the show’s shocking cancellation successful 2020 and however she feels astir Bridget’s ending.
Before we get into the movie, Ray Donovan was abruptly canceled aft play 7 successful February 2020. Talks of a movie came up, but past COVID took over. Given the COVID situation, did you deliberation this movie would ever travel to fruition earlier you started filming?
Kerris Dorsey: I did not. I deliberation I made my bid initially with it being canceled, had my small mourning period, and past I benignant of moved on. There were radical saying for a portion that determination was going to beryllium a movie, but I consciousness similar I don’t spot things until I’m connected acceptable shooting them due to the fact that it’s hard capable to get thing made, fto unsocial during a pandemic, truthful I truly didn’t deliberation it was going to happen. I hoped that it would, but it wasn’t thing that I felt was a given. So it was conscionable that overmuch sweeter erstwhile we were connected acceptable shooting and that it really happened.
What did it consciousness similar to get the accidental to afloat accidental goodby to a quality you’ve played for astir a decennary aft the amusement was canceled?
Kerris Dorsey: It was precise emotional. I was looking astatine videos from the shoot, and I person videos of everyone wrapping their characters and getting a bid wrapper and everyone crying successful it. I deliberation we each thought that it was the end, and we didn’t get to truly accidental goodbye. We didn’t truly get to decorativeness the storyline due to the fact that play 7 leaves disconnected successful a truly cliffhanger way. I started playing Bridget Donovan erstwhile I was 14. It was similar a weird breakup erstwhile we got canceled. It was similar idiosyncratic breaking up with you. You thought everything was going well. You conscionable don’t expect it astatine all, truthful it felt similar closure successful that way.
Bridget wholly floored maine successful the movie. What was your absorption erstwhile you work that Bridget was going to beryllium the 1 to termination Mickey?
Kerris Dorsey: I was truly shocked due to the fact that nary 1 told maine beforehand, truthful I knew conscionable from David Hollander, the showrunner, that determination was bully stuff. I was like, ‘Okay, whatever.’ I’m precise skeptical I conjecture is the takeaway. So erstwhile I work that, I didn’t adjacent expect it. I wasn’t adjacent picking up discourse clues passim the full script. It was precise shocking. I retrieve I was successful Hawaii and had conscionable touched down and was speechmaking it connected my phone. It was precise not ceremonial astatine all. I was conscionable scrolling connected my phone. It was precise shocking for me.
After it happens, Bridget remains stoic. She doesn’t apologize to Ray for it. She conscionable says, “It had to stop. It had to end.” Your transportation was breathtaking. Walk maine done that last country for Bridget, which volition spell down arsenic 1 of the astir pivotal moments of Ray Donovan.
Kerris Dorsey: Thank you. We did a batch of rehearsals. We were successful that motel country for a week. It was a acceptable motel room, and we worked done it successful a batch of antithetic iterations. There was a batch of speech of what her absorption would be. Would it conscionable beryllium axenic stoicism? Would determination beryllium immoderate benignant of affectional relief? The full movie I’m conscionable similar successful a fugue state. Bridget is successful truthful overmuch pain. She’s not capable to person immoderate release, truthful we decided that’s the infinitesimal that you spot her travel retired of it erstwhile she sees Ray and connects with him connected it. On a quality level, it each comes flooding out. It was a truly fascinating rehearsal process. I deliberation it went done a fewer antithetic iterations, but I emotion the mode that it turned out.
Do you deliberation she has immoderate regrets astatine all, oregon bash you deliberation she’ll stay astatine bid with her decision?
Kerris Dorsey: I deliberation there’s much bid than anything. I deliberation that it’s thing that felt she needed to do. Her behaviour is modeled aft her dad. Once you fto unit lick each issue, essentially, and there’s this rhythm that’s been going connected for years that evidently the movie explores with the flashback stuff. The lone mode for each of that symptom to extremity successful Bridget’s caput was to termination him, truthful I deliberation there’s a batch of peace, but I besides deliberation there’s going to beryllium immoderate affectional fallout from that, which we volition ne'er see. But I deliberation it felt close to her. It felt similar the close decision.
Speaking of that rhythm and referencing the flashbacks, we spot Ray taking the autumn for what his girl did, for thing helium didn’t do. The concern is balancing itself retired aft Ray sent Mickey to jailhouse for thing helium didn’t do. Do you deliberation Bridget volition beryllium capable to unrecorded with her begetter taking the blame?
Kerris Dorsey: No. I deliberation that she is yet specified a analyzable idiosyncratic successful presumption of her family. But what’s happened to her, each azygous happening that’s happened to her passim her precise abbreviated life, I deliberation that’s thing that successful the infinitesimal she had to judge due to the fact that she knew that determination was nary different option. It was a cleanable fix. Ultimately, it was a baller Ray Donovan fix, but I deliberation that was each her enactment and her pain. It’s not thing that you privation idiosyncratic other to spell to jailhouse for, particularly your dad, adjacent if you person a truly analyzable relationship.
In your mind, however bash you deliberation this volition alteration their relationship? Have you thought astir that astatine all?
Kerris Dorsey: I honestly haven’t conscionable due to the fact that it feels similar specified an ending. I consciousness similar Bridget is simply a existent idiosyncratic successful definite ways, and it makes maine truly bittersweet to deliberation of her moving guardant successful the world. She has her uncles, but she has nary parental fig anymore, particularly if Ray’s successful jail. I deliberation there’s immoderate imaginary alternate timeline wherever Ray gets himself retired of jail. He’s done it earlier for different people, and everyone lives happily ever after. But I deliberation that it’s going to beryllium much analyzable than ever. But Ray inactive loved Mickey aft everything. As you spot successful the movie, there’s inactive truthful overmuch emotion determination contempt everything.
Are you blessed with wherever Bridget’s communicative ended?
Kerris Dorsey: I deliberation that it’s ever a mixed emotions happening due to the fact that I deliberation it’s a beauteous poetic and cyclical mode of ending the story. I bash privation a blessed ending, adjacent though I emotion movies that extremity benignant of successful this way, which is precise bittersweet and benignant of open-ended. Like I, for the characters themselves, I privation them to beryllium happy. I deliberation that they’ve suffered truthful much, and I privation them to person a large beingness moving forward. But successful an nonsubjective sense, from an actor’s position oregon a storytelling perspective, I deliberation it’s truly satisfying. Even if it doesn’t mean a blessed ending. I mean, nary 1 was ever truly going to person a blessed ending. All of our favourite anti-heroes person to extremity with immoderate other added furniture of trauma connected the cake.