A timeless novel
THE new HBO Original series The Time Traveler’s Wife is a love story that stretches beyond time, adapted by Steven Moffat from the bestselling novel by Audrey Niffenegger. Directed by David Nutter, the six-part show tells the story of Clare and Henry’s marriage, which is complicated by time travel.
Henry DeTamble is played by Theo James, known for his role as Tobias Four Eaton in the Divergent films, and Rose Leslie – who played Ygritte in the HBO fantasy series The iron Throne – plays the role of Clare Abshire.
Nutter directed for HBO The iron Throne and Moffat is best known for his work as the writer of the science fiction television series Doctor Who and the contemporary crime drama television series sherlockwhich is based on the classic Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Time Traveler’s Wife is available to stream on HBO GO now.
For an in-depth look at the series, we heard from the show’s main protagonists, Leslie and James, along with screenwriter Moffat and director Nutter at a recent press event.
What makes the TV show so different from the movie?
Moffat“The big advantage of television in the longer term is a matter of accent. By having a longer running time, we can restore the focus of the book, which is more on Clare in a way, than on Henry, because she’s the time traveler’s wife. We need about three episodes to fully grasp the rules of time travel. It’s three hours before you have this.
crazy“The longer form also gives you a chance to establish the reality of the world and we wanted to treat that as real, as possible in a world that everyone could relate to and that in some ways will make them more connected. to the material.”
Do you think romance movies require a longer format to articulate the whole story?
Moffat: “The most interesting thing in a relationship is how long it lasts. Most of the time, movies end at the altar or they start again when someone dies or if there is a divorce or an affair. What we rarely do is tell the great love story of how many decades you’ve been perfectly happy with each other Now Audrey has given us this device to blend all those years and decades and moments in the wrong order to remind us that love is inextricably linked to loss.
Given that the show is about love, relationships, and marriage, what stood out to you in the story?
Leslie: “What stood out to me was the way Clare reacted to the whole situation. Despite her extraordinary situation, she was never bitter or self-pity despite the difficult wave she had to Knowing that she would embark on a life of uncertainty and the kind of acceptance she began to feel is admirable.
james“For me, it’s the scene where older Henry meets younger Clare. The idea of a relationship, whether it’s marriage or a long-term relationship, is about the growth of the two of you as part of being together. You might not be the same person and what I love about the show is how a relationship grows over time.
How did you recreate the roles of your characters meeting at different stages of life?
james“The basis of the book and the show is about timeless love and how you remember someone. That’s the poignancy of it. These people interact with different versions of themselves at different times, including Henry interacting with himself at the age of eight, almost like a younger brother, or even like a son, you know? It’s a bit of a metaphor for the preciousness of the memory and how we look back on ourselves and how we look back on the people we love and how that shapes the people we become.
In the show, Henry goes naked every time he travels back in time. How does it feel to be naked so often?
james: “For me, nudity was such a key part of the story from the beginning. The conceit is that time travel is a disease and it’s something he has to live with and live with. The rules are that he has a defective chromosome and that he can only take his atoms with him.
“He’s not going to take his sweater or his bag, and so the idea is that he’s very vulnerable. He has no clothes and no way to defend himself. No wallet, no food, nothing. In the show, we created this idea that time travel is painful for him and it’s a huge strain on his body. He’s exhausted of it and so for me, nudity was really about danger and making it as dangerous as possible. It’s like a specter, a dangerous shadow that still hangs over him and his impending death and we wanted to make that as real as possible.