Lodge 49 season 2: Olivia Sandoval dishes on Janet’s wild ride

Olivia Sandoval portrays Janet Price in AMC’s Lodge 49. Photo Credit: NicolasBates/Courtesy of STATUS PR.
Olivia Sandoval portrays Janet Price in AMC’s Lodge 49. Photo Credit: NicolasBates/Courtesy of STATUS PR. /

Lodge 49 season 2 saw Janet Price take a hard fall, and Olivia Sandoval spoke to Hidden Remote about her character’s chaotic second season.

Lodge 49 season 2 was even more dramatic than the first, particularly if you’re referring to Janet Price. The AMC series dealt Janet a difficult hand, as Omni crumbled around her and then she got the very short end of the stick in the season’s penultimate episode.

Olivia Sandoval connected with Hidden Remote to discuss her reaction to Janet winding up in the crosshairs of the FBI, whether or not she thinks Janet could ever have a happy ending without all kinds of corporate drama, and why she loves playing such a complicated character.

Learn more about Janet and Olivia in our interview below. If you missed any of this season of Lodge 49, you can catch up via the AMC app or AMC on Demand.

Hidden Remote: The next to last episode of Lodge 49 season 2 had Janet being arrested. What was your reaction to that scene? Did you think she was done for?

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Olivia Sandoval: I wasn’t entirely surprised, because Janet’s wheelings and dealings are—she likes to think they’re foolproof, but as we can see, there are many cracks in her plans.

What I was so excited about was how they wrote the arrest. How Janet seems to be completely oblivious to the fact that the FBI have been trailing her all the way to Mexico. I think that’s such a good crystallization of Janet’s hubris in general, which is one of the most fun elements to play with her. How can someone so “successful” and “brilliant” be so oblivious to their surroundings.

I hope Janet’s journey continues but I was happy to see it all kind of gel together in that way, because it’s like when they say you bring a gun onto a stage, you have to fire the gun. If you bring Janet in for the story, she’s going to end up in handcuffs at some point.

HR: That would seem to be her low point. Do you think with everything she’s done, Janet would ever have a shot at a happy ending? Or is she just beyond repair?

OS: I think that Janet does have a chance for a happy ending. I don’t know if the creators of the show would necessarily agree with me on that, but I think there’s something about Janet that’s so indestructible that certainly I don’t think she’s going to be buried by any sense of the word. I think her journey’s going to continue in some kind of way.

But what does happiness really even mean to Janet? I would love to see Janet have some kind of internal gaze happen, where she’s able to look at her life and figure [it] out. Right now I think happiness for Janet is just success and money, so maybe now that her earth’s been shaken a little bit maybe she’ll find what that definition is to her. I definitely think Janet is like the cockroach that’s left at the end of the apocalypse. There’s always going to be a Janet in the world.

HR: What have been some of the more exciting and challenging things about Janet Price to you?

OS: I just love the relationship with Janet and Liz [Sonya Cassidy], and how we really got to go deeper into that this season. In the show there’s so many different examples of people kind of mirroring each other in strange ways, and I love the way that Liz represents something that Janet lacks in her life, which is a sense of community.

As cynical as Liz is, she has a really strong community. She has a really strong tie with her brother and she has this kind of “merry band of weirdos” that she’s adopted and have adopted her through Shamroxx, and I think that Janet’s completely fascinated by that because Janet is a very lonely person, when you peel back the layers.

I was really intrigued particularly by the scene where they’re walking along the bluffs in Long Beach and then they have frozen yogurt afterwards. It was really fun to play with that because I think Janet wears a series of masks. She wears one mask when she’s her personality that she’s selling, doing her TED Talk, and then she has another mask she wears when she’s like I’m the businesswoman. And then there was this new mask of, who is she without any of that?

Olivia Sandoval portrays Janet Price in AMC’s Lodge 49. Photo Credit: NicolasBates/Courtesy of STATUS PR.
Olivia Sandoval portrays Janet Price in AMC’s Lodge 49. Photo Credit: NicolasBates/Courtesy of STATUS PR. /

HR: In your TV roles before Lodge 49, we usually saw you on the right side of the law. Has this role been a big change from your work on Fargo or For The People?

OS: It has in a fun, fun way. I’ve been so lucky in my career to get to play such different people, and like you said it’s on the other side of the law. Any actor will tell you playing a bad guy is the most fun; it’s such a pleasurable experience to be someone who is ethically questionable. I’m just so grateful for the opportunity to play Janet and to have fun in that kind of way.

HR: Was that difference what originally interested you in playing the character?

OS: The audition material I had was one of her monologues that she said into the monitors, and just the writing is what pulled me in. The language Janet uses—this strange, manipulative, flowery but oddly nonsensical language that she uses. It was just like okay, who is this person? Who talks like this? I’ve never seen anything like it.

The show is steeped in a lot of mystery and [the creators] play everything pretty close to the vest, so I really had no idea where the character was going. But just seeing these pages of text before me, I was like I know this is going to be an adventure and hopefully an adventure that goes on for many years to come, because there’s no limit to what we can do on this show. It’s completely bonkers and it’s the best thing ever.

HR: Do you have another favorite role that you’d recommend to Lodge 49 fans who want to see more of Olivia Sandoval?

OS: I’ll always be forever proud of Fargo for as long as I live. I think that’s just one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life. I still can’t believe I got to do that. I do some other stuff; I’m producing a horror film called Hitorikko and I’ve never done anything on that side of things before, so I’m super excited about that. I’m writing and developing different projects.

It’s a very interesting time and it’s a really amazing time to be a woman in this industry. Things are shifting slowly, but I’m cautiously optimistic about where things are going [and] how women are represented in media. I’m very excited to be a part of that and to be a part of history as we slowly march towards the next step and going deeper.

I’ve been very lucky to be a part of several shows that really portray women in full and equally realized ways. There wasn’t a moment, as far as I remember, in any of the Lodge 49 scripts where they described how a female character looked before they described who she is. I am so proud to be a part of that and I can’t wait to see where we go with that.

I think we need more of that. We need more women in the writers room, we need women of color, we need more women directing and I’m looking forward to finding a way I can contribute to that in a forward manner.

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Lodge 49 season 2 can be streamed on the AMC app or on demand.