Q. What are some of the recent projects that you’ve been working on?
A. I mostly just have “Happy Town” coming up. I am in the season finale of the show “Human Target,” which was a lot of fun. I was just wrapping up “Dollhouse” and that’s kind been the past couple of months. “Happy Town” I guess has been the main thing.
Q. We’re really disappointed about the “Dollhouse” cancellation, but Joss just directed an episode of “Glee,” any hope for an appearance on that?
A. I can’t wait to see the episode of “Glee” but I am pretty sure I won’t be included in any singing shows.
Q. What can you tell us about the premise for “Happy Town” and about your character?
A. The basic premise for “Happy Town” is that there is this town that has been quiet, happy, and good the past seven years, but what you come to find out, before that the town had a history of people disappearing. They find out that there is this guy named The Magic Man who is taking them and no one knows who it is. About seven years ago everything stopped and now it starts up again. Some new people come into the town and things start happening to old people and all of a sudden people start disappearing again. The first eight episodes that we did are all about trying to figure out who The Magic Man is.
I play Rachel Conroy ,and I am sort of in the family of the sheriff, he’s my father-in-law. The series starts off with him having to step down and my husband becomes the town sheriff. Unfortunately when he becomes the town sheriff all of the things start to go bad. It’s interesting because we live in this really small town and everybody knows everybody and bad things start to happen and you start to question who you should trust and who is really your friend. It plays into our family dynamic as well.
Q. What is it about the show that made you want to be a part of it?
A. There are a couple of things, initially I had worked with the writers Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg on “Alias.” One of my favorite episodes of “Alias” was one that they wrote and then they did “October Road” and I got to do a few episodes of that. They seem to always get a particular group of people together and make it a such wonderful environment and I was like, “Oh, I want to be on their show.” Then I read it and I really I liked that I appeared in the beginning and I was going to be a normal person, I wasn’t going to kill anyone or be a demon and I was like, “I don’t know if I can do that!” Usually I have something strange about me, but of course in these kind of shows you never are what you think you are, and the good thing about that is you get to play a lot of different things. I read the pilot and I was trying to figure it out and it was making me think, “Maybe it’s that person or that person looks guilty!” I like the vibe that you have in the serialized shows like Joss’ does like “Dollhouse” and “Angel” and all of his shows. I like that you have to follow the characters and the characters change and it’s really a character driven story.
Q. Where did you draw from for your portrayal of Rachel?
A. Rachel is probably the most similar character to me which actually was the hardest thing. I was telling my husband after we watched the first pilot, which they’ve changed a lot from now, I thought I was boring and was just being negative about myself. My husband said, “What do you mean, you’re just like you! You’re great, you look just like yourself.” I was like, “Wait, I’m boring in real life?” It’s probably the closest character I’ve played to myself with having a little girl and being married and a wife, a lot of the every day stuff that happens. I was like, “Yeah, this has actually happened in my house,” or the opposite of that where, “This is never how this would happen in my house.” We’ve had the same sort of situation that was just handled differently. It’s been the closest character that I have felt is just like my normal life.
Q. Is there anything about the role that challenges you?
A. I guess I’ve always thought of myself as a character actress and it’s easier to guide them to a character then be just a normal person. I like to say I am probably not as nearly as normal as Rachel.
Q. What do you think it is about the show that will draw viewers in?
A. I think it’s really fun to try and figure out the mystery, and apparently everyone in the whole crew and cast knows who The Magic Man is except somehow I didn’t hear, and now they think it’s funny not to tell me. It was fun going to work because the script supervisor and one of the grips would come up and say they figured it out, and they would have this whole plan as to how it would happen, and then the next episode would film and they would come in and then be like nevermind. They ended up making this whole betting pool where everyone put in ten dollars and placed a bet as to who they thought The Magic Man was. I think there was two thousand dollars or something in it, everybody wanted to participate. I think two people got it right so they got to split the pot.
I think it’s going to be fun to figure it out. It’s neat that you’ll know at the end, but at the same time, a lot of people are asking why we’d need to make more shows if you find out who The Magic Man is. To me, that is the question that the town is asking and the audience I think is going to find out, but none of the characters are going to know. Even just by finding out who it is, it would make you have so many more questions. I read the last episode expect for the part where they reveal who The Magic Man is. By showing someone’s face you’ll be like, okay, now you have to come back and explain how that is possible.
Q. What would you like to say to your fans and supporters?
A. Thanks so much I feel so lucky that I get to work with all of the people that I’ve gotten to and the shows that I have been on. To have such great fans and to meet such cool people who have better ideas about my character than me is so cool.