Mar­ried ac­tors ‘gig­gly’ over first on­screen kiss

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — Michael Emer­son has played a se­rial killer, a mys­te­ri­ous, vil­lain­ous Is­land leader and cur­rently stars as a bil­lion­aire com­puter ge­nius on Per­son of In­ter­est. But he says play­ing the ro­man­tic in­ter­est for his real-life wife has been his most un­set­tling role.

Emer­son plays the off­beat Harold Finch in the TV se­ries Per­son of In­ter­est, which airs Thurs­day nights. His wife Car­rie Pre­ston has a re­cur­ring role as Finch’s former fi­ancée, who be­lieves he is dead.

The cou­ple has acted to­gether in a few in­de­pen­dent films, and Pre­ston even played Emer­son’s mother in an episode of ABC’s Lost, but this was their first ro­man­tic pair­ing. This sea­son even showed the characters’ first kiss.

“Nei­ther of us are the kind to get a lot ro­man­tic work in front of the cam­era, so for us to get a big old lan­guid first kiss with mu­sic un­der­neath it and ev­ery­thing — that’s a first in my ca­reer,” he said.

Emer­son said hav­ing his wife play his love in­ter­est can be tricky: “It’s a lit­tle hard to turn off her wife-ness to me to make her just this other char­ac­ter.”

Pre­ston, who also ap­pears in True Blood and The Good Wife, also found work­ing with him a lit­tle strange but that noth­ing was more bizarre for them than watch­ing the kiss on TV.

“We both sat and watched it to­gether at home on the sofa and we got all kind of gig­gly and shy about it. It was like we didn’t know how to look at each other,” he said. “It’s like, ‘Oh God, there we are. We’re kiss­ing.’”

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