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How would you describe Root’s journey this year? There’s going to be a big change in her character pretty soon. She’s willing to do whatever the Machine tells her to do. But we’re gonna see how that can cause problems in certain situations, and maybe even [ make her] question her relationship with the Machine. Which of your roles most closely mirrors your own personality? Probably not Root! At the same time, when I started, [ executive producers] Greg [ Plageman] and Jonah [ Nolan] said, “We really just want her to talk like you.” But Fred is probably the closest to me. She’s from Texas. She loves tacos. We’ll always have that. What attracts Root and Shaw to each other? They both are these interesting, tough, smart women in this strange world that maybe haven’t had someone to relate to… The first scene Sarah and I had together was me torturing her with an iron. I’m really not sure if they wrote that scene to be sexual in any way! Are you a genre fan? Yes. Starting with Angel, I was a girl in a potato sack in a demon dimension and ended up as a blue demon goddess. [ Laughs.] That’s been the same with Person Of Interest – how much you’re allowed to change and grow the character seems to be different in genre television. Have you and Joss Whedon spoken about doing any follow- up projects after Much Ado About Nothing? I was hoping when he wrapped Avengers 2 that there was gonna be a call about the next one. So far the last Shakespeare email we got from Joss was [ him] telling us we were inducted into the Guinness Book Of World Records for the largest cast commentary on a DVD. I guess he was working on that! Joseph McCabe Person Of Interest airs on CBS in the US and returns to Channel 5 later this year.