***The following contains spoilers for 1.04***
On tonight’s all-new episode of Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches
, things come to a head when Carlotta (Beth Grant), after seeing Rowan (Alexandra Daddario) wearing the necklace and believing her to be lost to Lasher (Jack Huston), locks her in the dining room and sets it on fire. Lasher confirms her fears, telling her that Rowan is already his.
Grant knew right away that she was perfect for Carlotta and was excited to take on the role. “This is a character I related to immediately,” she told SciFi Vision during a recent interview. “I come from the Deep South. I come from a very strong matriarchal ancestry: my mother, my grandmother, my great grandmother, and from what I understand the great, great, great grandmothers, all these very strong women, and I just felt her in my bones. I had a visceral desire to play her, honestly. So, it's just a dream come true for me.”
During the interview, the actress talked about her character’s downfall as she became fanatical, and how she sees her. “[Carlotta]’s not just religious, she's a fanatic, and she loses herself,” Grant explained. “It's sad story. ‘Poor Carlotta’ is the way I feel about her. I love her. I know she's fun to hate, and that's okay with me. All the viewers that want to enjoy her in that way, that's fine, because that's part of storytelling, too. I think it's kind of delicious to have a character that's the bad guy, but not to me. To me, she's the good guy. She's trying to protect the family. She's trying to protect Rowan. And I think that when she meets Rowan…she thinks, ‘maybe this is the one who can change the curse.’