Check out what she had to say after the jump. How did you get involved with this show? I had work with Greg [Yaitanes] before. It was the middle of pilot season, so there were tons of pilots, but this was the one that I read and really, really wanted.
So, he sent me a couple more episodes that were written, and I just kept being more and more in love with it. I was just getting over this really horrible heartbreak, and somehow everything I had gone through with it, I could put into this character. I really knew how to play it. I knew how to do that.
I had to play her. How much fun has this been to make? We put so much love into this. We had such a special experience. Do you enjoy getting to show the two sides of your character, with her criminal past, and then her being a wife and mother now? So, my character was whoever she was in the past, and then things happened. The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies, of all time. I like the idea that, in the back of her mind, he was always the one. How cool is it to be on a show with such strong female characters?
But, the female characters are so strong and fleshed out. My character is incredible to play. My two characters, in a way. Only on an Alan Ball show, can you have a flashback of a sex scene during a sex scene, right in the first episode. Were you able to see how telling that was for your character, with how disconnected she was from the present sex scene while being so connected to the sex scene in the flashback, and how much that said about each relationship?
Thanks for telling me. So, you have to watch the sex scenes and not close your eyes. Are you comfortable with those types of scenes, or do you have to get yourself into a certain headspace?
I had never done it, up until this point, and I was okay with doing it here. My favorite of all time is Sex and Lucia. I tried for that. I wanted it to really be a natural thing. I wanted it to look natural. The hardest part of shooting a sex scene are the first seconds when you take off your clothes. Then, everyone can say or think whatever they want, after that. But, if there was ever a character I was going to do it for, it was this one.
I like sexy stuff, and I like sex. What can you say about the journey your character is taking? Rus Blackwell who plays Gordon and I would come up with backstories for us, and we came up with a really specific thing of how I got there. I ran away, after this diamond thing happened and Lucas Antony Starr got caught. I had to stay away from New York, so I stuck to small towns. I got a waitressing job in Michigan, probably near the University of Michigan, where my husband, Gordon, was in law school.
He would always go to that restaurant and see me all the time. For him, it was love at first sight, but for me, I was a big old mess. But, she could play whatever and be whatever someone wanted. Over time, I wanted him to take that job as the D. We had children and, little by little, I grew to love him out of respect. And if everything had remained like it was, I would have been the most incredible wife and mother because there was a part of me that always wanted that role.
And then, Lucas comes in like a tsunami and starts wreaking havoc, and there are actions and reactions, and cause and effect. Being a Real Housewife of Banshee has got to be a little dull, too. How has it been to work with this cast and get to explore these two relationships, torn between these two very different men, with both her husband and this guy from her past?
Antony Starr, who plays Lucas, is so dynamic. And he has such vulnerability. I think the women are going to really love that Lucas Hood.
Everybody has a different way of doing it. And I was really specific with my brand of violence. What type of mother do you see her as? I think she was a really awesome mother, this whole time, who was really doting, really caring and super affectionate, especially as you find out what happened to her mother, and things like that. She would have been the good mother. Just how ramped up will things get with Rabbit Ben Cross? With that kind of character, that comes from that part of the world, debts do not go unpaid and revenges do not go unavenged.
Do you have a favorite episode this season? The end of Episode 7, into Episodes 8 and 9. A lot of things happen. No time passes between them. But, at the end of the season, into the season finale, the shit hits the fan, and then it blows into another fan. Banshee airs on Friday nights on Cinemax.