Personally, there’s no way we would be able to survive in Chloe Sampson’s shoes from Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy. Played by the ever talented Elena Kampouris, she is fighting tooth and nail to not be defined by her superhero family. Fuck their expectations and that of the world. She’s got her own path that she wants to forge and wants to make her own choices.
Does she know what the path looks like? No. Are her choices a hot mess? Yes. But they’re hers to make and no one is going to take away Chloe’s choice. It’s actually the thing we most admire about her. She’s not letting her family’s history guide her through life and she isn’t going to fall into the same trap that her brother has fallen into in Jupiter’s Legacy.
We got a chance to speak with Elena Kampouris all about her role as Chloe Sampson, her character’s bond with her brother Brandon, and what it felt like jumping into this not so heroic role. And instead of bogging this down with the usual lineup of interviews, we thought we’d go for 5 things we learned about her and her character Chloe!
1. She didn’t read the comics until after she booked the job.
“I did not read the comics until after I booked it, because like I said before, I don’t like to read the books because I get too attached. And then I get possessive. And I’m like, “If I don’t book this thing, my heart will be crushed. So I don’t want to get too emotionally invested.” But once I booked it, “I was like get into mythology. Find out everything she does, her abilities, her family. I wanna know what she eats for lunch.”
2. She loved the training aspect of Chloe.
“In bringing her character to life, through the training, was very exciting for me because I loved the training aspect of it. We got ready like a month or so before we started shooting. We were doing like Wu Shu, Filipino martial arts, Krav Maga, and all types of things.”
3. Chloe is in a self-destruct mode.
“She’s kind of in this self destructive kind of mode and it’s because she’s feeling so much pain and she doesn’t know. She’s just navigating all these different coping mechanisms and kind of self sabotaging herself. But she doesn’t want her brother to go down that…or she’s seen how he’s trying to keep up with it. And it’s like, “Don’t fly too close to the sun!”
4. Her role as Chloe helped her get over her fear of heights.
“A big thing was overcoming my fear of heights because I don’t know about you but it gives me heart palpitations. And I didn’t realize until the day we were getting into the harnesses and I saw like Andrew soaring through the sky in our sound stage. And I was like, “Oh wait, how do I get up there? Ughhh. How does that…?” But once I got into that thing, it was riding up and chaffing in areas so I was very uncomfortable. However we had an excellent stunt team. We had a great crew and they walked me through it. I eventually conquered it and I felt liberated. I felt empowered. I was like, “This is great!” So that was just a highlight.”
5. Elena’s scenes with Andrew (her character’s brother) helped her discover new things about her character.
“Luckily, in meeting the wonderful cast that we have, and Andrew playing my brother, I did feel, and hopefully this shows on screen, that there was a chemistry there and that I felt like his support. I felt like…there’s so many swirling emotions in the scenes we have together and that I felt from him and that excited me because I found layers that we were discovering in the moment that we were kind of expanding off of what was on the page.”
Jupiter’s Legacy is set to release May 7th on Netflix.