It's such an amazing cast. Do you ever get chills doing scenes with, say, Sir Anthony Hopkins?
Wood: I wept after both scenes I had with Anthony. The first scene I did, I was completely naked, and he was five inches away from my face. I was like, "This is quite a way to break the ice." But he was so incredible that I forgot any of that was happening. It was like watching da Vinci paint. I'd never seen acting like that in person. To watch him do it differently every take, it just literally took my breath away. I went to my trailer and I cried. My friend came over and said, "What's wrong? Did the scene go bad?" And I said, "No, it went really well! That's why I'm crying!"
You shot Westworld's pilot in 2014. How long ago did you shoot Episode 7?
Wood: We were shooting it about a year ago today.
Wow, that's a long time to keep a secret!
Wood: It really is! It's been killing me. And I want to be able to talk about my theories with people. I've had a glimpse of what Season 2 would be if we get picked up. I'm champing at the bit to do it.
So do you go down the rabbit holes and read all the fans' theories?
Wood: No, because I know what's going to happen now. But while we were filming it, that's all we did. Jimmi, Jeffrey, Shannon Woodward, and I all had a text chain going. I had to keep apologizing because people would go, "Hey, what do you want for breakfast?" And I'd be like, "Oh my God, what if it's this?" I would just start in on Westworld theories. I couldn't talk about anything else. I had a thousand theories, and three of them were right.
Was that frustrating?
Wood: No, I loved figuring things out, and then going up to [showrunners] Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and trying to gauge their reaction. I loved not knowing and finding out episode by episode because I really got to go on the journey the audience will go on, and I know how satisfying it is and how surprising the bombs are. It was a really weird way of working, but really fun. It keeps you on your toes when you have no idea what's going to happen to your character. You just hope you're doing it right in the moment.