Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - COLIN VICK­ERY

PIPER Per­abo was born in Texas in 1976 and rose to fame in the hit movie Coy­ote Ugly. She also starred in the Cheaper By The Dozen movies and The Pres­tige, co- star­ring Aussie heart­throb Hugh Jack­man. In her lat­est TV role, US drama Covert Af­fairs, Per­abo plays CIA agent An­nie Walker.

Q: How would you de­scribe Covert Af­fairs?

A: It’s a bit more fan­tasy/ es­capism than Spooks. This is as se­ri­ous as any crime drama. Covert Af­fairs has a lit­tle of the ‘‘ James Bond ex­otic lo­ca­tions, fash­ion thrill ride’’.

Q: How did you land the part of An­nie?

A: They came look­ing for me. I had been look­ing for a tele­vi­sion role for a while, look­ing for some­thing I could re­ally love, and when this show came to me I liked the premise of it. I liked that it was a woman who was strug­gling to bal­ance a very de­mand­ing ca­reer with her pri­vate life, and I could re­ally re­late to that. She trusts her in­stincts, which I find re­ally help­ful in a char­ac­ter. When she doesn’t know what to do, she sounds her­self out and trusts her­self to make the de­ci­sions. I think that’s an ad­mirable qual­ity to get be­hind.

Q: Were you happy to get a Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion?

A: It was so thrilling. I had no idea they were even think­ing about that. I was shocked.

Q: And there’s more to come?

A: Yes, we’ve been picked up for a third sea­son and our net­work is re­ally be­hind us and keeps giv­ing us more lee­way to do more.

Q: You got your big break on Coy­ote Ugly. What are your mem­o­ries of that?

A: It was kind of a blur when I made it be­cause I was so young. It was only my third film, but I had a great time. Adam Gar­cia had just done a big run of Satur­day Night Fever in Lon­don, and I’m so lucky he was the guy cast be­cause he was such a sweet, strong man.

Q: What at­tracted you to sci- fi epic Looper, with Bruce Wil­lis?

A: It’s di­rected by Rian John­son, who made Brick, and when I heard he was go­ing to write and di­rect a new one, I went rac­ing for it.

Q: Can you tell us about the plot?

A: He [ Rian] has kept it a lit­tle se­cret, but it’s set in this sort of Blade Run­ner fu­ture. It’s go­ing to be great.

COVERT AF­FAIRS, South­ern Cross, Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm

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