NO PLACE LIKE DOME FOR HELGENBERGER
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’.”