where I was indestructible and fully in control and to change people’s lives with just one flick of my sworded wrist was so much fun and so exciting. I can’t even put it into words. It was just such a joyous gift in a very dark time in my life. It was also thrilling just to learn something new, something I’d never done before, and I was scared. It’s just ridiculous. I can’t even believe that that happened to me. I think it was on my fourth audition, as I was leaving, they said let’s just tell her, “You’ve got the job.” And then I had to go to the carpark where my husband was waiting for me, and I just managed to keep a complete game face. We drove for a bit and then I went, “I got the gig!” That was awesome.
What was it like when it got cancelled?
It was really fascinating for me because I got to see what goes on behind the scenes in the making of a TV show, and it’s very similar to a band. A show operates like a band; you’ve got a bunch of people all working for the same goal, yada, yada, yada, but meanwhile, you’ve got the producers and the people in the studio who are threatened by numbers. It’s all about the numbers game: how many people tuned in last night, what advertisers were showing. They were all the business side of the art form, for lack of a better term.
Watching what happened with TV was like watching what happened to the music industry. I said to the people at the show, “Mark my words, they will be dying for a show that would attract 8-10 million people a night.” Instead, the powers that be were dissatisfied with 8 million viewers. And true enough, they cancelled the show, albeit it was an expensive show. Now they’re struggling to get that amount of people to tune into their shows every night. TV, movies, and music have all suffered at the hands of technology, and now it’s time to reformulate their methods. It was interesting to watch.
Your character [Catherine Weaver] had just revealed there was more to her than meets the eye. For it to end abruptly with loose ends was pretty frustrating.
It was even more frustrating for me as the writers told me where they were going to take my character the following season – and it was so exciting. But we never got there.
Are you allowed to talk about that?
No, but that’s life. Things just get suddenly terminated. And you have to reconfigure.
Nice choice of words. Final Question: What is the likelihood you will PLEASE play #1 Crush when you perform in New York. Every girl and gay boy put lyrics from that song into their love letters when I was in school.
Aw, I love that. We do that song quite a lot, actually. We’re proud of that song.The Baz Luhrmann film was such a great thing to be part of. We have very fond connections to that song.–
“Not Your Kind of People” is available through iTunes May 15, 2012, and everywhere else in CD and vinyl formats (where available) May 22.
Clothing credits: Body suit and ruffle black vest THOMAS WYLDE, teeth necklace MARIAFRANCESCAPEPE, wing ring and double cage ring PAMLEA LOVE, silk hand-painted dress VALERJ POBEGA.