Deschanel digs Bones
IT WAS once regarded as the lesser medium to film, but increasing numbers of so-called movie actors are being lured to television. Bones star Emily Deschanel says the small screen is no longer the poor man’s alternative to film.
Before taking the starring role as straitlaced Temperence Brennan on the Channel 7 drama in 2005, Deschanel had mostly made her career in film, appearing in Cold Mountain with Aussie actor Nicole Kidman and Spider-Man 2 with Toby Maguire.
But Deschanel (right), along with the likes of Glenn Close, Kyra Sedgwick and Mary-Louise Parker, has turned her back on the movie business.
‘‘There’s a few reasons for it (the mass exodus of film stars to TV),’’ she says.
‘‘It’s an opportunity to really explore a character and see them in different settings.
‘‘And TV is getting better and better. There’s better writing and better shows and that’s attractive for good actors.
‘‘That’s why Holly Hunter ( Saving Grace), Kyra Sedgwick ( The Closer) and Glenn Close ( The Shield, Damages) are all coming to the small screen. It’s so inspiring.’’
Deschanel says Bones’ strong script and the opportunity for stable employment was what attracted her to the show four years ago.
Though there is no shortage of forensic-based series on television, Deschanel says Bones’ humorous undertones set it apart from the likes of the CSI franchise.
‘‘I read the script and loved it,’’ she says. ‘‘It was like those great movies of the ’30s and ’40s with its witty repartee.
‘‘It reminds me of a Barbara Stanwyck film, where women are equal to men.
‘‘Definitely a lot of forensic shows are around, but ours is not so procedural or formulaic.
‘‘I’ve been doing this for four years now and I’m hoping for a few more yet.’’