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THE adage, when one door closes another opens, rings true for Marg Hel­gen­berger, 56, who fi nished up play­ing Cather­ine Wil­lows on the long- run­ning hit drama CSI: Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tion and to­mor­row night en­ters the world of sci- fi in Un­der The Dome, as sea­son three be­gins on Ten.

“I was on CSI for close to 12 sea­sons. It was the long­est job I’ve ever had and cer­tainly one of the most re­ward­ing in that it was such an infl uen­tial show,” she says.

“It was in­no­va­tive and the im­pact it had on young peo­ple to be­come crim­i­nal­ists was as­tound­ing. It il­lu­mi­nated what crim­i­nal­ists do and for that I was very proud. I would have never guessed that it had the global reach that it has had and when I travel abroad, I am still sort of amazed that many peo­ple would just call my name as Cather­ine,” she says. ( Since our sit- down chat, it was an­nounced that she will re­turn for the fi nal two- hour fi nale which airs in Septem­ber.)

The stun­ning red­head is at The Lon­don ho­tel in West Hol­ly­wood to pro­mote Un­der the Dome in which she plays an­thro­pol­o­gist Chris­tine Price who comes to help the res­i­dents of Ch­ester’s Mill deal with the af­ter­math of the Dome. In do­ing so, her pres­ence serves to ex­plain why it came down in sea­son one.

Un­der the Dome is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. “I’m very in­trigued by the show and by this char­ac­ter,” she says.

“I think a lot of peo­ple like to see oth­ers in des­per­ate sit­u­a­tions or ones in which they have to suff er and see them come through that to the other side.”

Work­ing on such an in­tense show, she rel­ishes her time away from the set. “A day off is like re­cov­ery. I’ll do the typ­i­cal stuff like go to the gym, the gro­cery store, do my laun­dry or go for long walks on the beach. That is re­ally restora­tive,” she says.

Un­der the Dome is set in Wilm­ing­ton, North Carolina. “I live right on the beach so it’s a lovely place to work but it gets very messy on set at times,” Hel­gen­berger says. “Some­times I’ll look down at my hands and they’re cov­ered in blood and I’ll think, ‘ Wow. I guess we re­ally are do­ing the hor­ror sci- fi drama genre here’.”

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