Belle­vue – Au­gust 5

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There is no se­cret about why Os­car-win­ning New Zealand-raised Anna Paquin (be­low) headed back to her birth coun­try, Canada, to make the eight-part po­lice drama Belle­vue. “Ob­vi­ously, firstly the script,” says the for­mer True Blood star. “You read the script and go ‘OK, where’s the next one? I want more’.” Paquin was also im­pressed with her co-stars. “I’ve got some good peo­ple on the show,” she says. “It’s very fun get­ting to work with ac­tors that can hit the ball back re­ally hard.” Belle­vue, an ail­ing min­ing town, has plenty of buried se­crets and many of them come out when a trans­gen­der teen goes miss­ing. The sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tion is headed by trou­bled De­tec­tive An­nie Ry­der (Paquin), who is still strug­gling to deal with the sui­cide of her cop fa­ther 20 years ear­lier. Shawn Doyle (Fargo) plays Po­lice Chief Peter Wel­land, who is An­nie’s boss and men­tor, while Allen Leech (Down­town Abbey) is Ed­die, her some­time part­ner and fa­ther of her daugh­ter Daisy. “Her fa­ther killed him­self over a case that he couldn’t solve and, when the show starts, a dis­turbingly sim­i­lar case evolves for An­nie, as well. “That (case) be­comes her sin­gle-minded ob­ses­sion and takes over her life in a way that she didn’t re­ally see com­ing,” Paquin says, adding it also opens old wounds. Af­ter her fa­ther died, An­nie started find­ing notes, rid­dles and let­ters in a mail­box in a tree in the woods by her house that were al­legedly from her fa­ther. “And then they stopped sud­denly and it all went away. And then when this kid goes miss­ing and ul­ti­mately there are tragic cir­cum­stances there, the rid­dles start again and it brings the var­i­ous se­crets and pain and trauma, and weird stuff that hap­pened in the past back.”

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