“Yeah, they had actually heard somewhere that I was a black belt or something,” Spiridakos laughed. “I can’t lie to save my life, so when they asked me, I said, ‘Uh, no.’ But I did do kickboxing for about a year in Vancouver, and when I was growing up, my brothers and I play-fought all the time, so I was ready for it.”
The pilot episode of Revolution was shot in Atlanta before the production relocated to its current North Carolina base.
“Shooting the pilot was a lot of fun,” she said. “The biggest challenge was the elements — it was really hot in Atlanta, and we were wearing all our leather gear. Other than that, it was really cool. Our stunt co-ordinator, Jeff Wolfe, knows exactly what he’s doing and how to teach us to do things in a safe manner. It’s very physical, but it’s run so well that it’s a very smooth process.”
Asked if she’d suffered any injuries during the physically demanding sequences shot so far, Spiridakos lifted her left arm to reveal a large bruise on the inside of her elbow.
“That’s from hitting my crossbow with my elbow when I’m running,” she explained. “I knew that it would be a very physical, action kind of show. And I welcome that kind of stuff — I’m a little bit of an action-adventure junkie, so when this came up, I was like, ‘Yeah. I’m in. Let’s do it.’”
Prior to making her first TV press-tour appearance, Spiridakos travelled to the massive Comic-Con fan gathering in San Diego, where she and her castmates were mobbed despite the fact the show is still weeks away from its première. It’s a level of notoriety she’s unaccustomed to, and Spiridakos admitted to being a bit leery of what lies ahead if Revolution becomes as big a hit as past Abrams projects like Alias and Lost.
“I don’t know how you prepare for that,” she said. “I mean, I’m just a little Winnipeg girl. I guess we’ll have to see what happens. Everybody involved in the show has been putting forward a very positive vibe, which is great, but as far as how my life is going to change, I don’t know.
“The reasons I got into acting are so different from that aspect of it; I guess it comes with the gig, so I’ll just roll with it and see what happens.”
It goes without saying that there’s a lot of excitement back home about Spiridakos’s Revolution- ary career step.
“Oh, it’s been great,” she said. “My friends and family have been freaking out; they’re all super proud of me, which is really cool.”
Three years ago, when Spiridakos was starring in the youth-oriented Teletoon series Majority Rules, her parents, George and Anastasia, would hold weekly “Tracy Thursday” viewing parties at their St. James restaurant, Olympia Diner.
“And now this one’s going to be their Monday-night thing,” she said ( Revolution premieres Sept. 17 on NBC and Citytv). “It’s great — they’re just so proud that their little one is out there chasing her dream and being successful at it.”
Spiridakos added that she’d like to get her parents, along with her two brothers, to visit her on the set in Wilmington sometime soon.
“I really hope so,” she said. “I’m so close with my family, and I’d love to share this (experience) with them. Running a restaurant takes a lot of time, so I don’t know how often they’ll be able to escape, but I’ll try to get them down at least once — especially my Pops, because he’s never actually seen me on set, doing what I do. I know he’s really proud of me, and I’d love for him to be able to watch it all happen.”