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Fringe Guest Star Jill Scott Teases Tonight’s Episode ‘The Human Kind’

By on December 7, 2012
Jill Scott as Simone. Image © FOX

Jill Scott as Simone. Image © FOX

Fringe returns tonight, Friday December 7th, with ‘The Human Kind,’ an episode which sees Peter’s (Josh Jackson) humanity continue to deteriorate, while Olivia (Anna Torv) encounters a unique woman named Simone (guest star Jill Scott) as she looks to recover a key piece of equipment for Walter (John Noble).

Screen Spy and assembled press had the opportunity to speak with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and actress Jill Scott yesterday about her role on the show and how her character’s unique relationship with Olivia will drive the remaining episodes of the series.

“She’s a quiet warrior,” Scott says, describing her character Simone. “She’s an oracle who can foresee the future.  There is an integral part of Olivia’s quest, and Simone has direct knowledge of that – although I won’t say knowledge – she has an intuition about how to help her on her quest. She’s a quiet, strong- willed, focused, maybe even a freedom fighter.  She’s a big part of the resistance. She works and she’s a hustler, too.  She makes ways to finance her community.”

Speaking on Anna Torv’s Olivia, Scott, a self-confessed fan of the show, declares her to be “Smart and lovely and strong, and it honestly bugged me out because this is a show that I genuinely enjoy and there’s Olivia being all of those things right in front of my face. I let those things go because it’s time to work, but I was thoroughly geeked.  My inner child is jumping up and down like yes.  It was a pretty incredible moment.”

When asked what defines the unique appeal of the soon-to-be-over cult hit, Scott is quick to point to the show’s writing as its strongest asset.

“I think it’s the writing. I do. I think it’s how intelligent and how realistic everything is without looking overly manufactured. I think human beings will always still really enjoy using our imaginations and Fringe allows you to do that. It’s slightly scary and believable. There just might be an alternate universe. There just might be people on the other side that are like us living a different life. The thought of that is pretty intriguing; that there are that people who can stop time and change their bodies, morph into someone else.”

“And the conspiracy theories in it all, I think it just taps into our curiosity and makes us wonder and ponder.  I think that’s the gist of the show, and like I said it is slightly scary.  There are moments where I definitely grab the pillow or the blanket and gasp for breath.”

Catch Jill Scott as the enigmatic Simone in Fringe, tonight Friday December 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.