Actress Ashley Romans and screenwriter Eliza Clark talk to our microphone about the new series “Y, the last man”, according to the eponymous comic-book, to be found now on Disney Plus!
What aspect of the series have you most interested in?
Ashley Romans (Agent 355): I couldn’t miss the role of Agent 355, she is so bad-ass! It is full of contradictions and internal conflicts which makes it fascinating. Moreover, I believe that all the characters in this series are confronted with internal conflicts which reflect the totalitarian system in which they operate.
This series tackles the theme of freedom and questions us about its meaning. ‘Who are you really without your oppressor? And who do you want to be in this new world in transition, in turmoil? ‘ It is truly a fascinating series that questions the human condition and the future of humanity.
How does the series resonate with today’s society?
Eliza Clark (creator of the series): Like the comic strip by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, this series addresses the theme of personal identity. We also see in the series how a totalitarian system can manipulate this identity. It is therefore a reflection on the influence of white supremacists and on patriarchy, but also on the excesses of a capitalist world.
These are subjects that we are confronted with today. We do not know what influence these totalitarianisms have on our personality. What interests me with this series is to study the impact of this totalitarian society on the characters and to see how their decisions will impact their positioning against this society.
I think that all these questions are even more present with the Covid which has created even more inequalities between those who have everything and those who have nothing. This series was ahead of our time, discussing what could happen to us if we allow a totalitarian system to deprive us of our most basic freedoms.
The series has experienced a long development, how do you explain these many postponements?
Eliza Clark: I first read the comics in 2009 on the advice of a friend who has since become my husband. It took me twelve years to adapt these books because at the time I was just a simple assistant. But it allowed me to gain maturity to develop a more thoughtful and better structured work.
During these twelve years the world has changed, but many things have remained the same. The main aspect that I wanted to highlight is the notion of diversity in all its forms. The series explores this theme more than the comics.
Our series truly represents all the diversity of individuals who inhabit the world today. I think there is still a lot of work to be done to achieve better gender representation, a real form of equality and better respect for individual freedoms.