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Friendship with Joss Whedon has its privileges. Just ask actress Amy Acker who is as surprised as anyone to have played such an integral role in what’s shaping up to be a pretty epic final season of Dollhouse.
“The day before they started shooting the pilot, Joss [Whedon] called me up and said ‘We’ve got this part, she was supposed to be this 55 year old woman, but I’m thinking that you should do it’,” revealed Acker at yesterday’s Television Critics Associaiton Press Tour in Pasadena while promoting her upcoming ABC small town thriller Happy Town. “I didn’t know if I was just going to be in the pilot and of course I had no idea I would end up as a Doll and all this stuff would unfold.”
By ‘all this stuff,’ Acker is of course referring to the jaw-droppoing turn of events that took place during last Friday’s episode that saw Dr. Saunders/Whiskey unapologetically put a bullet through Bennett’s head.
“I think people think I look innocent so they like to have me ending up being a killer,” joked the actress. “You get to do so much more with these types of supernatural or mysterious characters. Like on Angel, getting to play a girl in a cave and coming out playing this Blue Demon Goddess, you don’t really get to do that on a CSI or something. With these guys [Happy Town creators Josh Appelbaum, Andrea Nemec and Scott Rosenberg] and Joss, you get to experience a whole range of emotions, where it feels like you’re doing twenty-five different shows. Funny episodes… scary episodes… you’re not trapped [as an actress]. Like the episode of Angel where he was a puppet, that could have been on a sitcom.”
Unfortunately, there is nothing funny about FOX’s cancellation of the struggling sophomore series, which has a mere two episoes remaining after quietly morphing itself into one of television’s most daring and thought-provoking shows.
“I have one more episode, but it’s a very different [episode] than that one [on Friday].” teased Acker who was playing coy when asked about the possibility of a Boyd/Claire connection “There will be a connection, but it’s not Claire. I definitely have something to do with Rossum in the next episode… does that make sense?
Not really. But what fun would Dollhouse be if it did.