Emma Green is an entitled Southern girl on the cusp of womanhood. Initially searching out news of her soldier beau, she rebelliously decides to minister to wounded Confederate soldiers in the Mansion House Hospital, the Union facility established on the site of her family’s luxury hotel.
Though devoted to her beau, the dashing Captain Frank Stringfellow, she is drawn to a rugged Yankee chaplain, Henry Hopkins, who helps her cope with her friend Tom Fairfax’s battle trauma. Emma’s home life is every bit as complicated, as she helps her family navigate the trials and humiliations of life in a Union-occupied town.
Hannah on Emma:
Emma takes a big journey almost immediately in the series. She begins as the sort of stereotype of a Southern belle — flirtatious and coy and gentle and kind — then quickly becomes an independent, strong woman. She’s very strong-minded, feisty and determined, and I think represents a lot of the women, or the young girls, who made that switch during that time, especially those who turned to nursing to give them a purpose in their lives.
There's a huge contrast between her being a Southern belle and wanting to uphold that, but also having a very strong feeling towards the Confederacy. Her loyalty lies there, and it lies with Frank, and she has a real fire in her to show that.
Hannah James attended the Guildford School of Acting in England and received her BA Honors in Acting. She was signed with Bloomfields Welch Management in London during the spring of 2014 and became GSA’s Spotlight Nominee for that graduating year’s class. Several months later, she made the jump back across the pond to pursue her acting career in LA. After working with Megan Silverman at WME and Lena Roklin at Luber Roklin Management for three months, Hannah landed the role of Emma Green in "Mercy Street," coincidentally filmed in her home state, just an hour from her childhood home in Virginia.