|Species||Upir (1/2 Witch, 1/2 Demon)|
|Portrayed by||Famke Janssen|
|Seasons||1 ▪ 2|
Olivia Godfrey (portrayed by Famke Janssen), an Upir who is feared by many people of Hemlock Grove. Ever since the death of her husband JR Godfrey, she has had claim over Godfrey Industries—although according to the will of her late husband, her son Roman Godfrey will inherit the company when he reaches the age of 18.
Olivia was born into a very wealthy family in, presumably, Romania in the nineteenth century (as evidenced by the fact that, Magdalena, Olivia's daughter, is mentioned as being Nicolae's great-grandmother or great-great-grandmother during the Nazi extermination of Roma (Gypsies). She lived with her father and elder sister (who was considered to be the more attractive sister)., When Olivia was thirteen-years-old, she stole her sister's dowry—a Roma slave named 'Dmitri'—and fled. After participating in intercourse with Olivia, Dmitri stole Olivia's horses (including the horse that Dmitri had ridden) and Olivia's jewelry before fleeing. When Olivia woke, she was distraught to learn of Dmitri's betrayal. She found a very sharp rock, unlaced the back of her dress to reveal a tail, and cut off her tail. Olivia died but the next day her father's search party finally came upon her body. Her father went up to her lifeless body, pressed his hand to where her tail once was and Olivia was resurrected. Nine months later she gave birth to a baby, Magdalena. Her father suggests that in order to avoid a scandal, that they give the baby to her older sister, who is married. Olivia, however, objects and says that the baby is of slave blood and once a slave, always a slave. She dismisses her father and tells him to give Magdalena to the swineherd, a group of pig farmers. Following the birth of her first child Magdalena, Olivia leaves her family to study acting in the city.
Throughout the Series Edit
Most likely due to her study of acting and Upir qualities, Olivia is manipulative and conniving. It is hinted that she mesmerized, perhaps even compelled, JR Godfrey into falling in love with her when the two met in England. She will go to any length to get what she wants, and the whole town is afraid of her. She is even quoted to be "the most beautiful woman in Hemlock Grove". She is demanding, especially when it comes to Shelley and Roman. She does not hesitate to throw her wealth and power around, and the only time she shows tenderness is when Roman was in a coma. Despite her earlier dismissal and rudeness to Peter Rumancek, she is gentle and kind to him when he comes to deliver a gift to Roman. This could be seen as a manipulation of Roman and Peter, as she orchestrated Letha's death and Peter's disappearance to drive Roman deeper into her control. She loves to drink wine, shop and also is addicted to a substance which only gypsies seem able to produce.
Olivia wears only white clothing for an unidentified reason, with hints of black or red in her accessories. White is traditionally the color of purity and innocence, which - like the entirety of Olivia's exterior - is a mask to hide her true nature. White is also the color of goodness, while darkness is the color of evil - yet few would dispute the wickedness that crouches in the Upirs bosom. She is tall and slim, with long dark brown hair and piercing eyes. She carries herself in the manner of someone who is seldom refused and never disobeyed, and accentuates her physical beauty to further manipulate the people who find her attractive - typically heterosexual men. She seems never to age and exudes a beautiful exterior. Olivia was also born with a tail, which contributes to the species debate, as it may indicate that she is Upir or possibly even a full demon.
Race Category Debate Edit
It is much assumed that because of her predilection for eating live prey and her son's status as an "Upir" that Olivia is also of the same race. There is, however, evidence to the contrary that she is of at least a higher class of Slavic demon than her son and daughter. In Slavic folklore, there are two processes for becoming an Upir. First, a child born of the union between a Witch and a Demon. This form of Upir will classically retain a tail and other demonoid features. "Bisytsia" or "mamuna" might be a more appropriate category for Olivia noting the difference between her physical characteristics and Roman's more human likeness as well as her appetite for flesh and his for blood.
Powers and Abilities Edit
As an Upir, she has incredibly enhanced healing abilities allowing her to regenerate fairly quickly from trauma.
Dr. Johann Pryce, a human with adrenal enhanced, or hysterical strength, was openly fearful of Olivia, so we can assume that the strength of a full Upir is comparable. Additionally she was able to subdue Dr. Clementine Chasseur, a trained hunter and marine, with little difficulty.
Olivia doesn't suffer from a bleeding nose as Roman does when she uses this power, which we see when she uses it to send Norman Godfrey upstairs to go to bed. She doesn't seem to suffer any consequence which may suggest she is of a higher tier of Upir. Olivia Godfrey was generally feared, and listened to; her aura seemed to invite this behavior. This goes hand in hand with the commonly known phrase regarding the Godfreys, "A Godfrey always gets what they want."
Olivia stopped aging and hasn't aged for over 200 years.
Olivia, while temporarily human, was dying from cancer but when transformed back into an Upir she was cured and immune to it.
- 'Olivia is a feminine name of English origin.This name was first used in this spelling by William Shakespeare for a character in his comedy 'Twelfth Night' (1602). Shakespeare may have based it on OLIVER, or perhaps directly on the Latin word oliva meaning "olive". *Godfrey, Olivia's marital surname is of Anglo-Saxon or Irish origin along with being from the Germanic name Godafrid, which meant "Peace of God" from the Germanic elements God and frid "Peace".
- Olivia wears only white clothes in Season 1 when she is considered sociopathic, and dark clothes such as blacks, greys, even red, in Season 2 when she develops empathy after her recovery. A known fact regarding white clothing in Slavic folklore is that it is usually worn by women only when mourning the dead. Brides usually wear very colorful clothing *Have a fetish of smoking and touching her hair whenever she is having a conversation and when she is trying to mesmerizing her next victim
- "You, Roman, are anything but normal." (season 2, episode 2)
- "I did it all for you, Roman. You're my flesh and blood." (season 2, episode 2)