Let’s take a look at these pics here for just a quick sec. One is a set of screenshots of H.G. smiling at people who aren’t Myka, while the other is a set of screenshots of Helena smiling for Myka. I use HG and Helena carefully here, because I think there’s a noticeable difference in how Jaime Murray plays this character when just Myka is around versus how she plays the character when H.G. is around/interacting with others; she is only ever Helena when it’s just Myka. For everyone else, she is only ever H.G. Wells. With a few possible exceptions, Murray plays Helena as a lot less guarded and more genuine with Myka. Even when Helena is using Myka to get into the warehouse, she seems to get some genuine joy and satisfaction out of interacting with Myka. She has a particular unplanned, spontaneous smile around Myka, whereas the smiles that H.G. uses on and around other people are more calculated, not necessarily insincere, but there’s a distance, an ‘acted’ quality to the smiles that she usually offers everyone who isn’t Myka.
I’ve also intentional not identified which photo set is which, because, even if you haven’t memorized every H.G. episode, I think you can still probably tell which is which. The first set is of H.G. smiling around people who aren’t Myka, while the second set is of Helena smiling just for Myka.
You see the difference?
The way that Jaime Murray plays it, Helena smiles wider for Myka, her eyes light up, she raises her eyebrows; her face is open and engaged. All of those physical indicators of genuine satisfaction are subdued, muted or entirely absent in the smiles H.G. offers to other character. There is some intangible quality to the way that Jaime Murray plays Helena when she is around Myka that is genuine and unfiltered and so very human. It’s really no wonder that Myka advocated so strongly for Helena to stay in the warehouse while the others wanted nothing to do with H.G. The way their scenes have been played and framed, Myka sees something in Helena that no one else gets to see.
And I really do think that there’s something to be said for the fact that Joanne Kelly and Jaime Murray were playing them as ‘falling in love a little,’ because that is exactly what this looks like. It perfectly accounts for the difference in how Helena looks and smiles at Myka versus how she behaves around other characters. Because if that last screenshot in the second set doesn’t say “I’m smitten” then I don’t know what does.