TVLine's Performer of the Week: Kathryn Prescott

Kathryn Prescott Performance

THE PERFORMER | Kathryn Prescott

THE SHOW | Finding Carter

THE EPISODE | “I Knew You Were Trouble” (May 26)

THE PERFORMANCE | One of the brightest young actresses on television, Prescott has always helped set MTV’s Finding Carter apart from the teen-drama herd. And in Tuesday’s episode, easily the sophomore series’ most harrowing hour to date, the London-born actress delivered her most emotional one-two punch yet.

The first punch came during Carter’s heart-rending visit to the psych ward, where her biological mother/kidnapper Lori remained uncharacteristically stoic as a desperate Carter pleaded for her to say, “I love you more.” The audience has never been entirely sure where Carter stands with Lori, partially because of the character’s own uncertainty, but mostly because Prescott excels at concealing Carter’s full emotional deck. So to see her completely implode, her lip quivering uncontrollably as her voice cracked in all the right places, was almost overwhelming.

The second, and far more unexpected, punch came after Carter’s post-visit hookup with Max, her best friend… and her sister’s ex-boyfriend. Hardly any words were spoken, but the flurry of confusion, shame, regret and general exhaustion swirling in Carter’s brain came across so clearly, Prescott might as well have been screaming straight at the camera.

Like her character, who was forced to grow up overnight when she learned that her entire life has been a lie, Prescott possesses abilities far beyond her years.

Orphan Black Paul DiesHONORABLE MENTION | It’s never easy to see a favorite character die, but it’s especially difficult when their portrayer knocks their final scenes out of the park. On Saturday’s Orphan Black, Dylan Bruce did just that as Paul made the ultimate sacrifice in order to do the morally right thing. Whether it was his subtle but impactful confession of romantic endearment to Sarah (“It was never Beth I loved”) or his tearful plea to Dr. Coady (“Cure them, Virginia. Drop the rest”), Dylan had us choking up at the idea of losing Paul — and just as we were finally getting to know the good guy underneath.

Performer of the WeekHONORABLE MENTION | When we first encountered Chris Diamantopoulos‘ Russ Hanneman in Sunday’s Silicon Valley, the Pied Piper’s deep-pocketed moneyman — having just learned that his net worth had shed a comma — appeared utterly defeated. His trademark cockiness and bravado replaced with humility and regret. Thankfully, Russ experienced a revenue-generating epiphany and quickly snapped back into the hilariously over-the-top Techmanian Devil we have come to know and love, and Diamantopoulos has clearly relished playing. Watching Russ open and close his sedan’s pedestrian door as a means to demonstrate to layman Richard the difference between being a millionaire and a billionaire was a thing of physical-comedy beauty. It also drove home the fact that Diamantopoulos’ career is on full throttle.

Which performances knocked your socks off this week? Hit the comments!

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  1. Joey says:

    I have never seen a single sight with the exception of this one where Paul is considered a favorite character on Orphan Black. I’ve always found Dylan Bruce’s acting to be very lacking, but I have to say that what he had in the last episode, he finally found a way to connect with me as a viewer. Unfortunately it came too late for his character.

    • niloofar says:

      Paul’s lack of purpose in the second season was due to writing and not Dylan Bruce’s acting but with good material in this episode he finally showed his talent, my favorite was his confession of love to Sarah very fitting to his character. I wish they had revealed the military angle sooner and maybe more intractions between Paul and Sarah.
      Also he was good enough to be the main performer of the week.

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  3. Alichat says:

    Paul was always one of my favorites, but I feel that they never knew what to do with his character after season 1. He was terribly underutilized, and once his character becomes important to the story again, they kill him. Frankly, it makes me think Art is next.

    And whomever wrote this, “Dylan had us chocking up”………choking.

  4. Anon says:

    Kathryn Prescott does a good job every week…. she’s going to be moving on to bigger things soon.

  5. LAwoman says:

    Chris Diamantopoulos is so funny on Silicon Valley and you can tell he’s having a blast playing that character. I hope Russ sticks around for awhile.

  6. kirads09 says:

    I would like to honorable mention Josh Duhamel for Sympathy for The Devil – Battle Creek Finale. Wilt’s back story was fantastic and I was really impressed with Josh through out not just this episode, but the series.

  7. Mr. Tran K says:

    Dylan Bruce’s performance on Orphan Black was pure Emmy worthy. Fans of the show are so emotional about losing a true favorite. Can’t wait to see him moving forward on his new gig in Heroes Reborn.

  8. Cate53 says:

    Yes Dylan Bruce had his best episode, but Tatiana Maslaney was especially excellent on the latest Orphan Black, adding Beth to her roster of clones. This week she played: Beth, Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Helena and Rachel – twerking in her underwear as Alison and a heartbreakingly impaired Rachel, to say nothing of playing sick Sarah and Beth whose appearance was especially poignant
    Of course she could be performer of the week every week, but she was especially good in this episode IMO

  9. Jules says:

    I’ve seen you mention soap actors here before so I have to mention Finola Hughes who is bringing some of the best acting I have ever seen on General Hospital or any other soap. Anna’s whole posture has changed as a result of her actions after Duke’s death.

  10. Tom says:

    Techmanian Devil, love that term, bravo mates

  11. Pat says:

    Props to Matthew MacFadyen on Ripper Street (BBC America). No one speaks period drama like he does. Finally finding his long lost daughter this week was heartbreaking and so well delivered. Well acted show.