You’re obviously extremely busy. You're filming Last Resort now, and I want to talk to you in detail about Last Resort, which I really love. I 'd seen the first three episodes on a screener before the first episode aired, and thought “how cool, that a show like this is on network TV…"
I feel like ABC really took a chance in taking it. It’s not [the kind of series] that most networks do.
They did, yeah.
All I can say is that the scripts just keep getting better and more solid. And it really is finding a direction.
In a way, it’s really a novel unfolding. You really don’t know where it’s going, but it clearly has a direction—an arc.
Right, very much so.
You really have to watch. You really have to pay attention. And it’s very dark and intense, serious adult drama. I’d love to see it thrive.
I love that you say that it’s like a novel. That is an amazing way of describing it. And it’s intense too, because it brings up subject matters that [that other network shows] don’t usually touch. And when they do on TV, usually it very skimming the surface. But we have a lot of really intense controversial things that pop up. Whether it be in the personal lives of people or in the military or Washington or home, or whatever. You have so many subjects to query, but in that same way it’s like a novel in the sense of that it’s always unfolding and it goes a little bit deeper each time.
Tell me how you get cast on Last Resort.
I was actually coming back from doing the finale of Falling Skies, and it was somewhat at the end of pilot season. They were in their last process of auditions, and it was my first time of going in [to read]. I’d had three scripts to choose from, and I chose Last Resort to go in on and give it a chance. And then they called me over the weekend, or actually that Monday. And it was like “all right, can you get on a plane in three hours. We’re going to need you to film.” So it was very, very quick.
It was something that I had read on the plane after doing all the night shoots [for Falling Skies], and living in the alien world. And this script really, it was the most relatable. And out of all the ones that I was reading, I thought “there is nothing like this on television right now.” Like you had said, it’s not a procedural, yet there’s mystery. It has so many different elements to it.