Ob­ses­sion puts Me­gan in black

Years of hard work pays off for co-star of hit The Black­list, writes Dar­ren Cartwright

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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

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