We caught up with Gotham’s Camren Bicondova, who spilled on what we can expect from her character, Selina Kyle, in season three, fan encounters, and why finishing high school is next on her list.
Camren Bicondova attends The BUILD Series to discuss 'Gotham' at AOL HQ in New York City.
Camren Bicondova may be just 17 years old, but she’s already settled into a pretty sizable role. The talented teen plays Selina Kyle—who eventually becomes none other than the iconic Catwoman from the Batman series—on Gotham. The FOX show has gained popularity, in part because it raises the curtain on the mysterious backstories of the Batman franchise’s most beloved heroes and villains. We rang Bicondova to get her take on portraying Catwoman at such a young age, what we can expect from her character in season three, and why her next priority is finishing high school.
How does your take on Selina Kyle/Catwoman differ from others? CAMREN BICONDOVA: Well, obviously, her age. This is the first time we’ve seen Selina Kyle portrayed at this age, so that’s the main thing. We’ve also never seen her in this state, we’ve never seen her as an orphan, and we’ve never seen her at her beginning. I think that’s really cool, and I’m grateful to be part of history I guess. I’m the seventh person to play Catwoman but I’m the first person to play her like this.
What can we expect from Selina in season three? CB: She’s going to be going down a darker path for sure; she’s going to be going through more of a roller coaster when it comes to life. She’s going to be evolving in her relationship with Bruce [Wayne].
How are you and Selina alike? Different? CB: We’re alike in the fact that we’re both introverts. I would much rather be home alone with my cat relaxing than out and about partying. We’re both very independent, and I think that we’re also both wise beyond our years. I think I’m pretty mature for my age, and I think Selina is pretty mature for her age. The way we go about life is different—she lives in a very chaotic place and she has to survive on her own. She goes about life very guarded and she doesn’t trust a lot of people, whereas I am fortunate enough to have people that love me and support me. Selina doesn’t really have that, or if she does, she doesn’t feel like she does. Not that I trust people initially, but I’m more open and welcoming than she would be.
Are there any actors that you work with on Gotham that you especially look up to? CB: Honestly, all of them. Selina’s always everywhere, she’s never in one place and she always likes to know what’s going on, not necessarily for her entertainment, she likes to know what’s going on for her knowledge so she can continue to survive. So, because of that, I’ve gotten to work with almost every character on the show and every single person is so talented and so good at what they do that I’m always learning and observing and respecting my craft because I get to work with such talented people.
Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle on Gotham.
Have you had any crazy fan interactions? CB: I think most of the interactions, at least in [New York City], have been really chill. New Yorkers don’t really care where you come from or what you do; they’re focused on what they need to do. So every time I get noticed in the city it’s like a double take, ‘Oh hey, I love you on that show! You’re on that show, right?’ and I say, ‘Yeah!’ and then you shake hands and you go about your day.
I had one encounter, it was at a Con, and this girl was crying because she felt so connected to Selina and she felt like she wasn’t going to meet me again, which was probably likely. The fact that she felt so connected to Selina and was crying her eyes out was kind of weird for me, but touching at the same time because I get to play this character that girls either my age or younger can look up to. Even women that are older than me, they’re like, ‘Wow, you play a really badass character.’
And what’s next for you? CB: I’m trying to finish high school! I’m trying to graduate high school and eventually go to college.