Flame-haired actor Rachel Lefevre tells DEBBIE SCHIPP she’d be on the hunt for answers if she really woke up trapped under an impenetrable dome
Feisty Rachelle Lefevre teases there are more secrets to be found Under The Dome
A SEASON playing a straight-shooting journalist cut off from the world by a mysterious, impenetrable dome has made flame-haired Canadian actor Rachel Lefevre clear on one thing.
Should it ever happen in real life: “I would not be one of the people standing on the bridge with the signs welcoming aliens.
“I fancy myself a more practical person than that,” Lefevre laughs.
“The first thing I would do, like Julia and a lot of the characters did, would be to try to get real answers, like ‘Is it the military? Is it sciencebased? Is it an experiment gone wrong?’”
The 34-year-old has a practicality similar to that of her alter-ego Julia Schuman in the hit sci-fi series Under
The Dome, but in real life her sense of humour is more evident.
Granted, not being a trapped under a dome probably means Lefevre has more to laugh about. Perhaps because Under
The Dome has given Lefevre exposure to a whole new world of fans, as well as seeing her return to the sci-fi genre in line with another of her high-profile roles, as vampire Victoria Sutherland in the first two films of the Twilight saga.
The first season of the show based on horror writer Stephen King’s novel of the same name, which sees a town sealed off from the rest of the world by a mysterious force field, has been a hit in the US and for Channel Ten in Australia where it has been fast-tracked hours after airing Stateside.
Under The Dome wraps up its first season on Tuesday night, with Lefevre teasing that while viewers won’t get all the answers, they will get resolution to some seasonlong questions.
“There’s a lot of satisfaction to be had in regards to questions that were raised early on,” she says.
“We don’t want to leave the audience thinking at the end of 13 episodes that they got no answers.”
She gives an evil giggle. “The problem is that as it goes on more questions come up.”
Lefevre says it’s something the actors themselves dealt with all season. And maybe what makes the show so addictive.
“It has been as intriguing to make as it has been to watch,” she says. “In the last week of filming we were still waiting for answers.”
Lefevre discovered hours after landing the role of Julia that her preparations wouldn’t be helped by reading King’s novel.
“I ran out and bought the book, then panicked about how I was going to read it in a week, because it’s enormous,” Lefevre says.
“Then the writers told me the script was making some changes from the book, I decided just to read the book when I was done.” King is one of Under The
Dome’s executive producers, and is slated to write the first episode of the second series in early 2014.
Lefevre’s mother is a huge fan of King. Lefevre jokes that she can’t introduce the two, because she can’t guarantee her mum will behave.
Lefevre’s Julia has had a tough season of it since the dome went down.
Her husband went missing, she was threatened physically trying to find answers to the dome and its mysteries, she got romantically entangled with a bloke called Dale “Barbie” Barbera (Mike
Vogel), who moved into her house, and then found out her “missing” husband was dead and it was Barbie who pulled the trigger. Oh, and she’s also been shot.
That’s plenty to go on with for season two – if she survives Tuesday night’s season-ender.
Under The Dome may be sci-fi in premise, but the way the residents of Chester’s Mill cope with their sudden isolation is very human.
Lefevre was determined to bring that to her character.
“As a journalist Julia had to be a person who was not easily rocked or flustered. She had to be even-keeled and keep a poker face,” she says.
“The more she digs, the more she has an inkling of who is on which side of the line. But what I love about Stephen King’s writing is that you never really know what people are capable of until they are in a particular situation.
“You can trust somebody for a whole episode, and in the next episode, maybe not.”
On the love interest that is Barbie, Lefevre says Julia has little time for simple physical attractiveness.
“They were attracted to each other right away, and I don’t just mean physically,” she says.
“Physical attraction is easy. It’s a cheap commodity and that’s the least interesting thing about the relationship. They’re both pretty. Big deal.
“The most interesting part is they are strangers in this town. Both are really outsiders. That’s what brings them together.”
Lefevre laughs in hindsight about the storyline that revealed Barbie as her husband’s killer.
“It all gets a little bit complicated when the guy who’s sleeping in your house turns out to have killed your husband,” she says.
“They might have to talk about a little bit.”
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In the spotlight: Canadian actress Rachel Lefevre stars in sci-fi series