Mackenzie Davis is absolutely worried about the rise of the machines.
“Yes,” she says when I ask if, like her character, Grace, in the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate, she is stressed out about artificial intelligence imminently exterminating humankind. She is emphatic but incredulous, as if she can’t believe I had to ask.
Davis had spent the day before voguing around Lower Manhattan in this season’s most desirable couture. It threatened to thunderstorm the whole time and finally did overnight—drenching the terrace where we’re sitting on a Tuesday morning. There’s a nip in the air, so Davis is wearing a hotel-provided bathrobe. (She brought one for me too.) She shows me her two necklaces—one from her sister that reads KEN, short for Mackenzie, and an 1880s $10 coin on a long chain, nicked from her boyfriend for the trip. “He’s like, old-school American,” says the Vancouver, British Columbia, native, who moved to the U.S. to study acting after university. “It really reminds me of that Russian Doll coin that she wears.”
Davis hates having her picture taken, but working with a female photographer made this less exacting. “I’ve done a few shoots recently that are just standing still and having the male photographer be like, ‘Open your mouth.’ ” She thrusts out a shoulder, pretending to pose, but her voice keeps the photographer’s nasal insistence. “‘Open your mouth. Okay, good. Chin down. Open your mouth.’”