'Manifest' star Melissa Roxburgh explains the science-religion dynamic between Ben and Michaela

Ben and Michaela give 'Manifest' its double-edged perspective of religion and science, as they both look for answers in separate directions.


                            'Manifest' star Melissa Roxburgh explains the science-religion dynamic between Ben and Michaela

Melissa Roxburgh might have just revealed a big secret about creator Jeff Rake's show 'Manifest'. As the show follows the events which take place after the return of Montego Air Flight 828, which went missing for five years, the passengers of the flight begin to hear strange voices and see visions which they do not understand. In order to understand what actually happened to them inside the plane, Ben (played by Josh Dallas) and Saanvi (played by Parveen Kaur) have been collecting data. However, Ben's sister Michaela (played by Roxburgh) has been following the voices that have been leading her to several successful missions. 

While speaking with Den of Geek, Roxburgh claimed that the show's true balance between science and religion can be seen between the Stone siblings, Ben and Michaela. Speaking about their separate resorts to faith, Roxburgh explained, "Michaela and Ben are on very different sides of the spectrum. Michaela is more spiritual, Ben is more scientific." However, considering the first episode where Michaela's mother reads out the verse from Roman 8:28, Michaela has not been prominently spiritual. However, as Roxburgh stated, "Michaela actually found her way back to spirituality after the plane landed just because of everything that had happened." 

With her mother dying, Michaela fell back on religion to help her cope with it. (IMDb)
With her mother dying, Michaela fell back on religion to help her cope with it. (IMDb)

Ever since she landed from the plane, Michaela has been following the voice in her head which has been giving out hints to her regarding missing people and how to save them. Being raised in a religious home, Michaela follows her mother's footsteps when it comes to faith. Roxburgh said, "That's the way she was raised, and her mother was raised that way. Now that her mother is gone, she leans on that way. Because before the plane took off, she would completely walk out and be more on Ben's side." Ben has been the one who is trying to reason with the unearthly things that are happening to them. 

Ben and Saanvi have been looking for answers through reason. (IMDb)
Ben and Saanvi have been looking for answers through reason. (IMDb)

Along with Saanvi, who is a medical research scholar, Ben came to know that there is a particular mark inside the passengers' head which slightly hints towards schizophrenia, and might be the reason why they were hearing all the voices and seeing things that are not there. Roxburgh claimed, "The good thing about these two people being on the opposite sides of the spectrum is that they really balance each other out, and they play off of each other in terms of figuring out this mystery." With Ben trying to understand the reason behind the happenings, it has been giving Michaela enough space and time to deal with her own mental state.