While we haven’t seen much of Lori on “Finding Carter” so far, that’s all going to change, very, very soon.
Carter’s abductor has been on the run since the FBI got wind of her alias and returned Carter to her real family. But that hasn’t stopped Lori from trying to get back to her daughter, all while avoiding Carter’s biological mother Elizabeth — the same woman in charge of hunting her down and arresting her.
Milena Govich, who plays Lori, says that even though Lori hasn’t been onscreen much so far, she’s still extremely connected to the show. “I think Lori is always a presence in the series because it’s the main dramatic question of the show: Will Carter ever be happy with her new family or is she going to leave and go back to her mom?” Govich tells Zap2it. “So even if I’m physically not in an episode, the question of that relationship is always present in the subtext. And yes, we will be seeing more of me as we go forward.”
But while Lori is constantly trying to get back to Carter, will Carter still want to return to Lori now that she knows she’s been lied to all her life? “The more time that Carter spends with her new family, the more she’s starting to learn about all the things that she missed had she grown up in that household,” Govich says. “But then also you start to question the things that she always knew growing up with Lori. Carter does start to have some realizations and she grows as a character and it’s really interesting to see if she decides to leave or stay.”
While Lori may seem like a cool mom trying to get back to her daughter, it’s easy to forget that she’s actually a kidnapper, and viewers shouldn’t be rooting for her. Govich teases that will become more and more apparent as the season goes on.
“You’re definitely going to start seeing a different side of Lori as the season goes on because the longer that she’s been in hiding the more desperate she starts to get as far as wanting to get her child back and wanting to contact her child,” Govich says. “You can imagine as a parent or any loved one, if someone’s been taken from you, what would you do to get that person back? What would you risk? Lori is definitely going to take some major risks coming up to try and reunite with Carter.”
Govich loves that even though Lori should be seen as a villain, it’s not all black and white, and some people could find themselves rooting for Carter and Lori to reunite. “One of the great things about this show is that a lot of people feel that way,” Govich says. “I’m getting people writing to me on Twitter saying, ‘I want you to abduct me!’ It’s bananas. I think it’s a sign of great writing and great storytelling when you find yourself rooting for somebody that’s totally inappropriate. That’s been so fun to play in this show. For the audience to go on that journey as well, rooting for me so far, that might change.”
The duality of all the characters on “Finding Carter,” including Lori, is what drew Govich to the role in the first place. “I love playing complicated characters and Lori is one of the most complicated characters I have ever played,” Govich says. “It’s so much fun because anytime as an actress you’re portraying the role, you have to believe it 100 percent. You can’t judge your own character. A crazy person doesn’t walk around thinking they’re crazy. They think, ‘I’m completely sane and the rest of the world is off their rockers.’ So in my world as the actor executing this part, it all makes perfect sense to me. I’m in the right and I absolutely should have Carter because she’s my daughter.”
As for why Lori took Carter in the first place, Govich reveals that will become apparent as the season goes on. “I’m excited for fans to see the bits and pieces of the how and the why Lori took Carter,” Govich says. “There are clues that are going to be peppered throughout the first season and I think people will start piecing together what they think happened, but they’re going to be wrong. It’s crazier than you think. I’ve never heard any backstory like this.”
“Finding Carter” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.