A Minute With: "Tomb Raider" actress Luddington on game's reboot

Wed Mar 6, 2013 7:21pm EST
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By John Gaudiosi

(Reuters) - British actress Camilla Luddington has played a doctor, a fairy and Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, but in her latest role she portrays virtual gaming icon Lara Croft in one her most physically demanding roles.

Luddington, 29, known for her roles in U.S. television series "Grey's Anatomy" and "True Blood," spent three years portraying Croft in video game developer Crystal Dynamics' "Tom Raider" reboot, which was released this week by Square Enix.

Croft was brought to life for the first time in the franchise with performance-capture technology that tracked Luddington's movements and facial expressions.

The actress spoke to Reuters about playing a video game icon and working with the technology to make Croft more human.

Q: What was it like to have played "Tomb Raider" when you were younger and then later to portray Lara Croft?

A: It gave me instant street cred from my brothers. What was really cool for me is that because it was a redo, I felt like I wasn't stepping into anyone's shoes and I could have that conversation with Crystal Dynamics about scenes, where their vision was going and work with them to create something new ... it's almost like the rebirth of the character.

Q: The old Lara Croft was very well known for her Barbie-doll figure. Can you talk about how this reborn character is physically different?

A: In the previous games she looked disproportionate, if you want to put it that way. She was in these tiny little bootie shorts and she looked fantastic, but they wanted to make her a human being and realistic in this game. So her proportions are more normal now.   Continued...