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Q) So we really donít know a whole lot about your character yet, so can you just kind of talk about that and how sheís going to play a part in Fringe?
A) Her name is Simone and sheís a quiet warrior. Sheís a quiet warrior and sheís sort of an oracle of someone who can foresee the future. There is an integral part of Oliviaís quest, and Simone has direct knowledge of that, although I wonít say knowledge, she has an intuition about how to help her on her quest.
Q) How did you get the part?
A) Well, at first I asked for it. Fringe is one of my favorite television shows from its inception. I absolutely love all of the science fiction of it, the mystery of it, the science in it. The characters are wonderful and so rich. Walter, of course, is my absolute favorite, and I had met with pretty much every company, television broadcast company in America. I kept saying these are the kinds of shows that I want to be involved in. I just put the word out there and, of course, I asked for it. I believe in saying things out loud, and I had Fringe.
Q) Because you are such a huge fan of the show, what does it mean to you to be a part of the final season?
A) I wish it wasnít the final season. Iím really upset about that. It means a lot to me, just simply because putting those kinds of requests into the universe and having it come back to you is again is another confirmation personally. The show and the quality of the show, the writing is splendid. The vocabulary is just delicious. I mean any one that enjoys X-Files or shows like that where youíre on the edge of your seat and youíre so invested in these characters for any one like me whoís grown up watching Star Trek and X-Files and reading Edgar Allen Poe and enjoying the darker side of things as well as the light, this was a dream come true. I wish I wanted more powers. I mean to be able to see into the future is pretty incredible or to have an intuition about things like that is pretty awesome. But I definitely wish I had something growing out of me.
Q) So we talked to Leonard Nimoy a couple of times and he basically came out of retirement because he enjoyed his experience on Fringe so much. Can you tell us a little bit about your experience working with this cast and with these writers?
A) I was waiting for that moment to work with him. Ever since I heard his line, he said something about he skeeted a little when he was in the backseat of a car and he peed on himself just a little out of excitement, I knew that this was a show that I wanted to be involved in. I did not get a chance to see him and Iím hoping to. I need the show to go a little longer just so that I can meet him.
Q) I was wondering what was the challenge for you in getting ready for this role? I know you tweeted that the bags were real under your eyes.
A) I had a lot of wild expectations and hopes for my character. When I found out who she really was based on my conversations with Dennis, the director, based on those conversations, I had to adjust her quickly. She is a hard worker and a leader and lives pretty much in a state of exhaustion. The cold just as a human being, the cold was sincere. Itís on location. I understand where I was going. The challenge was having to readdress her, because I had so many ideas, because this is Fringe, and I had so many ideas of who this person was. The redirection on her was my challenge; having to about face was my challenge.
Q) We saw from a clip that your character meets with Olivia first. Did you have any scenes with any of the other characters?
A) No, I did not.
Q) How was it with Olivia?
A) Sheís exactly what I thought she was. The character is smart and lovely and strong, and it honestly bugged me out because this is a show that I genuinely enjoy and thereís Olivia being all of those things right in front of my face. I Ö let those things go because itís time to work, but I was thoroughly geeked. My inner child is jumping up and down like yes. It was a pretty incredible moment.
Q) You said youíre such a fan of the show. Iím just curious when you first got there and started to work, was there maybe something like on set or something you saw there or maybe you know a line somebody said that just made you completely, because youíre such a fan, geek out besides like the actors?
A) Well, I never have had to use any kind of futuristic products or any kind of future apparatus. Iíve never had to do anything like that before, so all of a sudden thereís this screen that I have to use, what else can I call it. Itís a 3D scanner thingy that I have to know how to use. That was really, really cool.
Q) I was just wondering if there was anything about your character that wasnít specifically written that you added to her?
A) She was a lot more simple. Sheís a lot more simple. Sheís less complex than I originally thought.
Q) What do you think it is about Fringe that really continues to make it such a fan favorite show?
A) I think itís the writing. I do. I think itís how intelligent and how realistic everything is without looking overly manufactured. I think human beings will always still really enjoy using our imaginations and Fringe allows you to do that. Itís slightly scary and believable. There just might be an alternate universe. There just might be people on the other side that are like us living a different life. The thought of that is pretty intriguing; that there are that people who can stop time and change their bodies, morph into someone else. And the conspiracy theories in it all, I think it just taps into our curiosity and makes us wonder and ponder. I think thatís the gist of the show, and like I said it is slightly scary. There are moments where I definitely grab the pillow or the blanket and gasp for breath.
Q) As a big fan of Fringe, but also as a big fan of No. 1 Ladiesí Detective Agency, I was just wondering if youíve noticed any fan overlap between the two, because although theyíre radically different, they both have amazing writing and terrific characters.
A) I think yes, I mean to a certain degree. Thatís really all you ever want is a great character and great writing. As an actor thatís like the juiciest sandwich you could ever ask for. Thatís something that you can put both hands on and thatís really all weíre looking for. I chose No. 1 Ladiesí Detective, or Iíll say it chose me, and it was an absolute blessing, one for the experience being in Africa for seven months learning so many different things from languages to foods to greetings and oh my goodness, oh wow on so many levels from nature to my heart, incredible experience. Fringe, I wish that I could come back. It wasnít enough for me, quite frankly, one episode. This is truly one of my favorite shows, so itís something that I would definitely like to be a part of. Iím saddened that this is the last season, but Iíve purchased every season thus far and Iíll purchase this one, too, but Iím in this one. Yoo hoo! Iím so excited about that.
Q) Youíre a really great actress and youíre also a very accomplished musician. I was wondering if youíre able to use any of those musical skills during your guest spot on Fringe?
A) No, Simone is not a singer. Simone is an emoter. Sheís a quiet, strong- willed, focused in a sense maybe even a freedom fighter. Sheís a big part of the resistence and she doesnít sing. She works and sheís a hustler, too. She makes ways to finance her community.
Q) So other than Fringe, do you have another dream job or part that youíd love to play, or another show that youíd love to guest star on?
A) Supernatural. I need something oozing out. I need to grow something else. I need to be captured. I just I enjoy that stuff, so I would like to experience, Supernatural is a good show for me. Let me think. Thereís so many. Oh boy, Saturday Night Live is a show that I think I could have a lot of fun on just being different characters and maybe singing, too.
Q) Itís so great that youíre a big fan of the show as well, so being a super fan of it, what have you thought about the direction for this last season of whatís happening with them in the future? Then, do you have a favorite episode or a favorite moment from the show aside from the episode that youíve done?
Q) Oh man, letís see. Favorite episode, I always go back to the episode when Walter gets out of the mental institution and where heís sitting in the back seat of the car and he says he skeeted a little. I never forgot it. I thought that that was just so free, such free writing and his acting was just impeccable. I liked the episodes when the guy was living Ö was living inside of Olivia. I enjoyed the episode whereóoh boy, there are so many. I should know this off the top of my head. Let me think. Let me think, the episode where, oh, I love when Walter had a cow in his office in the lab. I couldnít understand that. I thought that was great. The reason that I love the show is that I never know what to expect. I never know what Walter is going to say. I love that heís obsessed with food. I love that heís mad and a genius. I prefer him a mad genius.
Q) So what other shows are you watching right now? Whatís on your DVR?
A) Itís sad. Maury is on my DVR. Thatís junk food. Iím going down the list in my head. Once Upon a Time, Iím up to the point where the purple fog has come and itís taken the witchís tower away, but I havenít seen it since then. I know everybody was rallying trying to figure out what they were going to do and then they found out that one of the doors if you step over the line from, leave the town and you forget who you are, thatís as far as Iíve gotten. I havenít gotten any further than that, but itís still, I have them all on my DVR. I work a little bit, so trying to catch television; itís all about me having a DVR.