Chan: I think the show definitely doesn’t shy away from exploring the darker, seedier side of things.
I think we have to face up to the fact if we did have synths in our world, you know, people would probably try and have sex with them.
Chan: I’m so glad you asked that, because it’s such an interesting observation to make.
All I can say is I’m so proud of the diversity in our show, both in terms of gender and race... All the female actresses [play] interesting, three dimensional, complex characters -- as it should be. I love that two of the synths are black, and I think there is something about the sci-fi genre that is more inclusive -- [but] there isn’t a reason why it should be.
" Gemma Chan: I try to, when I first get scripts, see it as a viewer and not as an actor...
MTV: You've done a little bit of work in sci-fi before, guesting on "Doctor Who." What drew you back to the genre, and specifically to the world of "Humans?
All forms of storytelling and all genres and all mediums... And in life we come in all colors, all kinds, and I think it’s so important that we see that reflected on our screens.
I don’t know what it is, maybe there’s something in the leap of imagination people have when it is “a sci fi show.” Because if people have to imagine ["Humans"] is a world where we have machines among us, then people are more willing to think outside the box and make casting choices, not based on... I think sometimes in television there’s a bit of an obsession with realism, and it’s not even real realism.
You could program a strong, nurturing or maternal instinct into the [female] robot, and then beyond that, the robot’s sense of gender, it would be formed by experiences at the hands of others and the reactions to them.
And from how they reacted, that’s how they form their sense of identity.