Me­gan Boone

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On the hit show, The Blacklist, Me­gan Boone plays El­iz­a­beth ‘Liz’ Keen, an FBI agent with an un­ex­plained past and an equally un­ex­plained re­la­tion­ship with re­formed crim­i­nal mas­ter­mind Ray­mond Red­ding­ton (James Spader), who may or may not be her fa­ther. (“That ques­tion,” grins Boone, in be­tween takes on the show’s New York set, “will get an­swered one day”.)

As the show en­ters its third sea­son, the 32-year-old ac­tor talks about why fans only ever want a hug, what she’ll never do again, and why she reck­ons she just might be the Ge­orge Costanza of The Blacklist.

This sea­son, the ta­bles have turned for Liz. She’s been la­belled a mur­derer and a ter­ror­ist, and now she’s on the run with Red who, iron­i­cally, has turned into the one per­son she can ac­tu­ally trust. There’s a lot at stake now, be­cause she’s not just on the run from the law, she’s on the run from her for­mer part­ners in the FBI, so her dy­namic and re­la­tion­ship with them has al­tered dras­ti­cally. There are some re­ally in­ter­est­ing moral dilem­mas this sea­son. We start off with a lit­tle bit of drama on our drama, be­lieve it or not.

James Spader is not your av­er­age bear. How is it ac­tu­ally work­ing with him? He’s very unique. I’ve never met any­one like him; he pos­sesses traits, as a hu­man be­ing, that I didn’t know ex­isted on the spec­trum of hu­man per­son­al­ity traits (laughs). But it is a pro­found work re­la­tion­ship, be­cause there is a bond that is very unique. You don’t re­ally have a re­la­tion­ship like this with any­one in life, be­cause it’s so in­tense. The work we do to­gether is very height­ened —— it re­quires a lot of trust. It also re­quires a dili­gence in main­tain­ing the right off­screen re­la­tion­ship to make sure it still works on­screen.

This has been your first ma­jor role on a mas­sive hit show. What’s sur­prised you most about the whole ex­pe­ri­ence? I have grown to have a pal­pa­ble in­tol­er­ance of chau­vin­ism, and it is ram­pant in this in­dus­try. The only way you get ex­posed to it on a show like mine is there’s a ro­tat­ing ros­ter of TV di­rec­tors and none of them are women. They all want to work with James and they all want to talk to James and then I’m sit­ting over in a cor­ner just, ‘Tell me where to stand, tell me what you want me to do’. I’ve had di­rec­tors ac­tu­ally take my arm and just move me where they want me to go, and I’m like, ‘Go do that to James, see how that works out’. I am up to here with it, and I am never do­ing it again.

You’ve been to Comic-Con where the fans are in­tense. Comic-Con is ac­tu­ally bet­ter than some­thing like New York Fash­ion Week be­cause not ev­ery­body thinks they’re cool. I’d rather be (at Comic-Con) than be in New York dur­ing Fash­ion Week. You’ll never see me at a fash­ion show — I want to en­cour­age girls to eat (laughs). Any­way, I’m not a celebrity — there’s a Kar­dashian do­ing that some­where for a liv­ing. Fans of The Blacklist mostly want a hug from me (laughs).

But, like a celebrity, it all pretty much re­volves around Liz on the show. It does! At this point, I’m pretty much like Ge­orge Costanza on Se­in­feld — Liz mak­ing ev­ery­thing all about her again. It’s em­bar­rass­ing.

THE BLACKLIST, CHAN­NEL 7, WED­NES­DAY, 8.30PM

Me­gan Boone would take the

Comic-Con scene over New

York Fash­ion Week any day.

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