Like all good “Breaking Bad” cast members who value their work and honor their nondisclosure agreements, Laura Fraser will not divulge what happens next for her character, Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, the twitchy, paranoid Madrigal Electromotive executive who supplies Walter White with essential chemicals for his methamphetamine operation.
She said that, for the most part, viewers just need to tune in at 8 p.m. Sunday on AMC to learn what happens next.
“It's like signing an official secrets act, working for ‘Breaking Bad,'” the 37-year-old Scottish actress said in a recent phone interview. “What can I tell you? I would say that Lydia gets up to more mischief in these upcoming episodes — to put it lightly.”
The character of Lydia emerged after the murder of Gustavo Fring, who was using his chain of fast-food restaurants, Los Pollos Hermanos, as a front for his drug distribution operation. Lydia's primary concerns were covering her tracks and staying alive, but as the season progressed, she became more enthusiastic about maintaining her foothold in Walter's operation.
For Fraser, whose early work includes 2001's “A Knight's Tale” with Heath Ledger, the chance to play Lydia came shortly after she moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., after years of working in British films and television.
“I had not seen the show but heard it was totally amazing,” Fraser said. “And just from the little bit of script I'd been given, I could tell — just astonishing writing. Then I watched them all in like a week.”
Fraser said that most of the character's personality was in the script, but an early recommendation from series creator Vince Gilligan proved especially instructive.
“I got a note that said they wanted her to talk low and fast and to have a nervous adrenaline pumping through her,” Fraser said. “And they referenced Tilda Swinton's performance in ‘Michael Clayton.'
“I just looked at that, marveled at it, and robbed her blind,” she said.