The role of Christine is such a beautiful heart. And I think that I also like the role of Christine in the sense that it represents a lot of Middle America. We focus so much on the people that are overseas, that sometimes we forget to look at the people that are waiting for them, or the home life that’s left behind. So I almost like representing the aspects that we don’t always shed light on.
You're absolutely right. And that’s one of the reasons I think Christine is a really interesting character, because she can easily become either a pawn or a hero.
Yes, very much so.
And back at home—that’s where a lot of the drama happens. Because the guys who are actually in the moment of the crisis are in the crisis, but it’s…so much harder in a way for the loved ones back home.
Right. And also it’s interesting too, because I liked going into it thinking okay well this is representing this certain part of America and looking at the home life. Like you had said, [the show’s plot] is almost the futuristic reality of right now—what it could be. Christine, my character, has been put in that situation of wanting her husband to come home, but at the same time she’s almost like her husband in the sense that she will fight for what she believes in. My character is constantly being knocked around, and everything is taken away from her.
She’s constantly discovering new things about what she thought was true, whether in the economy or in her home life. She has no way of knowing what the truth—only what she believes. So she really needs to figure that out. And characters come in from the Washington world that you think are friends but that aren’t, and others that you don’t think are friends but really are. So it’s really an interesting situation, because everything is part of this heightened situation. And I thought like “okay, yeah, I’ll be representing the home life.” But now the home life is turned upside down, and it’s very intense.
So, now there’s this old friend of Christine’s husband Sam, who seems to be protector. And so he’s supposedly a friend, but he’s clearly not.
Oh, I think that the audience can tell right away. I’d gotten some phone calls [after episode where we first meet him]. “Don’t trust Paul Wells (Jay Hernandez)!” [I was told]. And I think that the audience can tell that it’s a trick, that’s it’s something where he has other motives and that Christine can’t see them. And through the process, this really is the only person that she can trust right now, the only person that’s on her side. That being said, I think she learns the lesson of be careful who you surround yourself with.