Obsession puts Megan in black
Years of hard work pays off for co-star of hit The Blacklist, writes Darren Cartwright
OR years, The Blacklist actress Megan Boone had to fend off questions from her family about what she was actually doing in Hollywood.
After all, she was traipsing from one audition to the other, in search of a big break. She was either getting knocked back or being thrown casting crumbs and appearing in an episode or two of established shows.
But that all changed when she picked up the role as FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen alongside James Spader in the hit US crime series. Spader plays FBI fugitive Red Reddington on The Blacklist, which airs on Channel 7.
It wasn’t the first time Boone had scored a role in a TV series pilot – in 2010 she was cast in the medical drama HMS, but it never got off the ground. However, it was the first show that had ignited for her.
‘‘The most that has changed in my life is the level of work and other than that, there is the respect my family has for the time I put into my work,’’ says Boone.
‘‘For a long time they were like ‘what you doing out there, what are you doing in Los Angeles?
‘‘And I’m telling them ‘I’m getting two or three parts a year which are stupid’.
‘‘Finally I have a part that is really great, on a really great show and I am working with some of the best actors in my country.’’
Boone’s enthusiasm shines through when she talks about how fortunate she appears on the No. 1 new drama – across the four major networks – in the US.
Along the way, she tried to attend as many drama classes and auditions, and as fewer parties, as possible.
‘‘I’ve had a monk-like obsession with this artform for a decade of my life when I should have been partying and going crazy, but I wasn’t,’’ Boone says.
‘‘I was working on being a good actor, so it feels like I made a sacrifice in life, which I don’t regret, but it paid off and I got something good thing out of it.’’
Like any new show, The Blacklist had to pass a few hurdles before it was fully commissioned. The pilot needed a green light and then a further 12 episodes were made before CBS ordered the final nine to round out the 22-episode first season.
As much as Boone loves being part of The Blacklist and what it has done for her career, she is detached from its fate.
‘‘The years that I spent in the trenches, getting here, made me less interested in the outcome,’’ Boone says.
‘‘I love the show and the experiences I am having working with the other actors, but what happens with the show is out of my control.’’
She also expects never having to go through the grind of another pilot season, now she has appeared in a No. 1 show.
‘‘I will never audition for another TV show for as long as I live – let’s celebrate,’’ Boone says.
The Blacklist: Mondays, 8.30pm, Seven, Prime7.
Megan Boone and James Spader star in The Blacklist