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Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

“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.”

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