'Start Up' star Mira Sorvino enjoys her role as NSA agent Rebecca Stroud, because 'she can do anything'
As Rebecca Stroud she will not tolerate the millennials' way, but as Sorvino she will certainly not tolerate injustice against women
Mira Sorvino plays the uptight, ruthless, NSA agent Rebecca Stroud in Sony Crackle's tech-drama, 'Start Up', and the actress absolutely loves her character because she is nothing like the rest. Picking up from the last season, 'Start Up' Season Three which aired on November 1, follows Nick (played by Adam Brody), and Ronald (Edi Gathegi) who are trying to save their network, Araknet, from being completely shut down by the NSA.
As a government worker, Stroud is everything that Nick and Ronald would not like to tussle with, and the NSA agent will go to any length to bring the tech-giant down, whose network can reach beyond government borders, thus, making it the most accessible network for all. Stroud is a dedicated American, and she will give the government whatever it wants even if it means killing people.
Speaking on 'CBS This Morning', the actress explained, "She will do anything. including lie, cheat, steal, kill." Stroud is one of those characters who despite being a devil is often on the angel's side, and while her tactics such as freezing the accounts of Araknet can be extreme, her intention is always to abide by the law.
However, Stroud has her own layers of shades. While she appears to be strict and unmoving, there is a past that she cannot leave behind and probably that is the main reason for her bitterness. At the talk-show, while speaking of her character, Sorvino mentioned, "She's kind of broken and trying to hide her broken edges without that much success. As you see, she doesn't really have an easy time making eye contact with people. She eats the same meal every day from the same fast food place." Sorvino says that 'Start Up' is extremely "timely" with its whole subject of the darknet, and the philosophy around it, and Stroud is the representation of the old belief that the internet is a dark place.
Sorvino's character might be a person of orthodox outlook, but the actress herself has been an activist of human rights. As one of the most prominent voices to speak up during the Times Up and #MeToo movements, Sorvino mentioned that it was almost funny that it was so difficult to speak up against Harvey Weinstein. The 'Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion' actress said that speaking about it was the hardest thing she has ever done "because it put publicly something that was intensely private and painful for me." However, she asserted that the movements are "unstoppable" at the time.
However, Sorvino never expected the massive turn in of the movement, as she explained, "I could not have imagined that I would be joined by a chorus of like-minded people from around the world who would raise their voice and say, 'Me Too,' and 'Time's Up,' and we want to change." As one of the most prominent actors, alongside the likes of Salma Hayek, Rose McGowan, and Asia Argento, Sorvino stated that the movement has managed to change the whole idea of the status quo. "If you're not going to perform in such a way that protects and promotes our interests, makes it a safer, more meritocratic, equitable world for everyone and protects us from sexual violence and punishes perpetrators, then we don't want to vote for you."