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Posted JULY 27, 2009
VisitorSite.net Special Feature: Interview With V's Morena Baccarin (Anna)
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Following the successful V panel at the Comic-Con International in San Diego, several media outlets including VisitorSite.net were able to interview members of the V cast and crew. Today we share our interview with Morena Baccarin, who plays the leader of the alien Visitors, Anna, in the new series, which premieres in November on ABC.
Questions are bold; answers are not. And here's the interview!
Can you talk about some of the alien mannerisms you take on as Anna?
It was intentional. We're trying to create who the V are, and it's a bit of a mystery to us, creating it, as it is to humans, because we're doing this for the first time, really, so I'm really interested in those little moments.
What's it like getting involved in another genre series?
It's always a plus when you're working on something that you are totally passionate about and you really love. I loved the original and I was thrilled to be involved in this. I'm really excited to see where it's going to go. I sort of feel like I'm watching it as I do it, too.
I'm just really, really excited. I think that they've got a great thing, and they know what they're doing, and I'm happy to be a part of it.
Can you talk about reuniting with with Firefly co-star Alan Tudyk?
It's so great. I'm very happy. He's so great on the show.
Do you know if there will be a time when your face is ripped off to reveal lizard?
I don't know that. I think that the important thing is to know that that's there, but to keep a certain element of mystery, to not really know when that's going to happen or when that's going to come up.
How did you get involved with the project?
I was in L.A. I needed a job. And I auditioned. [Laughs] And it was a good fit.
What was your reaction upon seeing the show with finished effects?
Unbelievable. The whole interview scene was done in a green screen room, and all I saw was green for two days. I had a huge headache when I left that room every day. It was really amazing to see the final product. They did such a great job with it looking like New York City. It's really incredible.
How would you describe Anna?
I think it could be really easy to make her an evil person. I think that Anna really wants to stand up for her people and do what's best for them and survive. I think that that's her responsibility as a leader, and I think that she'll stop at nothing to do it, but I think she really believes in what she stands for.
Are you familiar with the original V miniseries?
I am. I used to watch it as a kid back in the day, and I've Youtubed it since. I was curious to see what it looked like. But, it didn't really stand up [laughs]. It's a great show, and you can still get into it, but the effects - they just didn't have the capability that we have today.
Is it strange to be playing a character that is basically "Diana?"
It's kind of great. I feel that it's different enough, where I'm not doing what she did. In the original V, she was clearly evil, and I think that's what's so great about what we're doing, is just contemporizing it; making it a little more subtle, and seeing where that takes us. I think that that's the creepy factor for me, is that you feel like something's wrong, and you don't quite figure it out. She's not doing anything bad, but you're feeling really unsettled about this, and I think that's what's great about her.
Would you have welcomed the Visitors if they had come to Earth?
I don't know. To be honest. I grew up in New York; I'm very cynical. I don't know if I would be so trusting right off the bat.
Are you thankful that you don't have to wear a red jumpsuit?
Yes. Nobody deserves that. [laughs]
How much of the story do you know now?
I haven't even received a script yet. I really don't know what's going to happen. We know the general arc of interactions between V's and humans, and their differences, furthering the characters along. I think it'll be really cool. I can't wait to get a script.
What is it like being here at Comic-Con?
It's amazing. It's hard to believe. I think I'll get home tonight and I'll be like, "Did that really just happen?" To be in that room with so many people was incredible. It seems everybody's really excited which makes me really happy, because I think it's a really good show.
Are you aware of the large online fan following for V?
I've been told. I'm not really much of a computer person. I mean, I e-mail. I don't spend a lot of time on the Internet, but I hear that there's a lot out there. I love it, and I'm very supportive of it, and I'm excited that's happening, but I'm afraid that I'm going to run into some bad comments and I'm going to be scarred for life.
Do you think the Firefly fans will gravitate toward this show?
I think so. There's no reason not to. In Firefly there were no aliens, but I think that the way it's done in this show is [that] when you say it's a show about aliens, you expect antennas. It's very tasteful the way it's done. Firefly fans are very smart fans, and I think this is a very smart show.
V premieres in November on ABC. Stay tuned for more interviews.
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