Going into the new season, Emmy and the creative team were adamant that Allison couldn’t go on as though she hadn’t had these experiences.
“Allison, quite frankly, survived the ’60s,” she says. “She survived in a place looking the way she did where a lot of people didn't, and so she’s still carrying what she witnessed and experienced, carrying a very extreme level of trauma with her. We would not be doing her any justice if we didn't address that in the third season. There’s some really amazing storytelling with Allison this season, dealing with the repercussions of her being a woman of colour in a very specific point in time where people that looked like her had a really difficult time, and still do.”
In a similarly superpowered vein, Emmy took on the role of Poison Ivy in Batman Unburied, a pioneering project in a few ways – as well as DC’s first foray into scripted podcasts, it also features a cast primarily made up of people of colour. Winston Duke voices Bruce Wayne, Gina Rodriguez is Barbara Gordon, and Hasan Minhaj plays the Riddler.
“When they when they first approached me about it, I was nervous and immediately anxious, because Poison Ivy is such an iconic character and they were trusting me with her,” Emmy explains. “But once the initial shock wore off, it was such an incredible opportunity, having this incredible cast of people of colour playing these traditionally white characters.”
The end result was a global smash hit, knocking Joe Rogan off the top of Spotify’s podcast charts, as well as making podcast fanatic Emmy late for things. “Whenever I get into my car it’ll start in the middle of a true-crime podcast and be like, ‘The body was found…’ or ‘The severed head…’” she says. “I’ve been listening to the Batman episodes, getting to my destination and just staying in the car until the end.”