‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ Camilla Luddington to portray Lara Croft in new ‘Tomb Raider’ game
Fighting to save Seattle Grace isn’t the only battle actress Camilla Luddington is taking on.
The actress who plays Dr. Jo Wilson on “Grey’s Anatomy” will portray Lara Croft in a new video game version of “Tomb Raider,” which hits store shelves March 5.
The video game will not only feature the voice of Luddington but her likeness, thanks to motion capture technology. It’s a process that took three years and involved Luddington wearing a special suit and acting out scenarios, while cameras stationed 360 degrees around the room would capture her every movement.
Luddington says acting for the video game was similar to acting for other media.
“After two-and-a-half years of doing the game, those scenes I did with the other actors, they ended up becoming very real for me. Someone’s grabbing you and throwing you around and pushing you—I would have things like a rope tied around my waist and I’d be yanked and dragged to one side,” Luddington tells EW.com.
“I think that physicality of literally being beaten up, it naturally makes you angry and makes you as an actress want to fight back, which helped me get into Lara’s mindset.”
Once the game was finished, Luddington was asked to observe someone playing it for a couple of days while a microphone and camera captured her reaction.
“It’s strange for me watching the game because she sounds like me, she has all of my facial expressions, she kind of looks like me, so when falls or hurts herself I would (sharp intake of breath) so they would take those little noises and facial expressions and put them back in the game,” Luddington also told EW.com.
The British actress, who also played Kate Middleton in the Lifetime movie, “William & Kate,” says that unlike on “Grey’s,” where she plays an American, in “Tomb Raider” she could use her native English accent.
“When I get tired (my English accent) comes out more. So sometimes those late nights on ‘Grey’s’ they’d be like, ‘Hey, can you do that line again, but not British?’ I didn’t get any of that while filming ‘Tomb Raider.’ And it’s obviously great because she’s iconic and British and all that.”
For more on Luddington’s new role as Lara Croft visit EW.com.