Amy Acker

Per­son Of In­ter­est’s res­i­dent su­per hacker is break­ing records

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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.

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