Stepping into the shoes of Halle Berry, actress Alexandra Shipp plays the younger incarnation of the weather-controlling mutant Storm in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse”. In the film, the character becomes part of the villain En Sabah Nur’s ‘Four Horsemen’.
In a lengthy interview with Collider, Shipp spoke in detail about her role, such as the scene where she first meets Apocalypse:
“[You] see me in Cairo, and he’s speaking whatever ancient language because he’s just woken up and I’m speaking Arabic. I’m trying to communicate with him, and then he has this moment where he figures out where he is, what’s happened, what date it is, and he… Apocalypse doesn’t need to say much.
All he has to do is just be like, ‘I’m here, I’m what you’ve been looking for’. And you just feel it right in your gut, and you’re like, “Right, you are exactly what I’ve been looking for. You are exactly what I need right now.” I think that he can see that, and he could also see the power. I feel like when you’re the most powerful, you’re also the most self-conscious about it. We kind of find each other. Like though the crowd, it all parts and I see his blue face. Then we kind of just like, “Ah”. There is a moment.”
The actress confirmed she’s doing a Kenyan accent and speaking in Arabic in the film, and confirms that being one of Apocalypse’s horsemen gives her character a power boost as such:
“For me specifically, well like, what he does is he has the power to enhance your power. So while you’re around him, he’s got all these mega level mutants. He’s able to turn them into crazy-baboom level mutants. For me, he is like, what you can control everything, almost, kind of, sort of. I’m not the Phoenix, but you know what I mean. She’s got so many powers, and he’s like, but he doesn’t even know what her powers are when he meets her. He can just sense the level and that’s what attracts him to them.
So what he is attracted to is their level and their magnitude of power. I think that his plan for her in the movie is to protect him. Protect him with fog. Protect him with lightning. Blow away a missile. Blow away a plane. There is so much that she can do, and what he’s looking for is protection because he just woke up after thousands and thousand years. He’s weak and he’s alone, and he’s been betrayed, you know. He’s kind of like a girlfriend who just got cheated on, who wants to date the nerdy guy who can take care of her.”
The full interview has heaps more quotes and can be found here.