A ‘global’ crime unit
‘Crossing Lines’, one of SA’s hottest new TV shows, has international focus
ONE of the hottest new shows on television in South Africa is the Sony Entertainment Television drama, Crossing Lines, which airs on DStv channel 127 at 8.55 pm on Tuesdays.
spoke to one of the stars of the series, Gabriella Pession, who plays the role of Eva Vittoria.
Crossing Lines PHOTO: SUPPLIED WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE TO WORK WITH AN INTERNATIONAL CAST? For me to work with actors from other places and other countries, it’s very challenging in a way, because it’s not just the languages, it’s interesting to hear different accents.
Even on the emotional level, like the way we use our emotions, the way we handle a case, the way we respond to each other, that’s just different, because we really are different. We have a French actor, an American, an Irish and an Italian.
For example, my character Eva, she is super emotional, really kind of warm and empathetic, and really alive — like a volcano, that’s really Italian. To see all these different cultures together is really interesting.
Even in the story, you live the same event, but from different perspectives — it’s really interesting.
I’ve been doing interviews for movies all my career and all the time we’re saying “Oh, we’re an amazing cast”. But this time it’s extraordinary. Maybe it is because we are multicultural and we are coming from different places, so we chatter, we share things. WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE PROJECT? Well, first of all, I knew Ed
Bern ero’s work before. I am a fan of Criminal Minds, so, when they first called to talk to me about this project I was curious … and then because, I was born in the United States, so I am half American, half Italian, I always wanted to work internationally and not just in my country, which I adore, but it is very tiny and the market is very small.
The project seemed to be really incredible, international and super cool. Then, of course, I read the role and it was even better, because she was like the heart of the team, she is an expert with weapons and it was just super cool!
So it is an action movie, you work with Ed Bernero, you travel around Europe with an amazing cast — I mean Donald Sutherland is attached to the project! I think I want to say yes, for sure! And that’s what happened. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE STUNTS AND TRAINING YOU HAD TO DO FOR THE SHOW? I have done a lot of training and the stuntmen here are just amazing. In the Czech Republic we have amazing people training us, in France we had a really good trainer for a kung fu scene … I love to learn different things, even though was scared in the first place to use all the
weapons. WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING WITH ROLA BAUER? Rola … we talk for hours on the phone, we have our girlietalk. When I met her in Paris, I loved her because she’s tough.
We have kind of confrontations, but it is so sincere, it is so direct and I adore her because she is a mother, she is a wife and she is an amazing businesswoman, so I think it is amazing to find in a woman those three things.
And she is so good because she is really human, she can listen and she can put herself in other positions to really understand what is happening and as a producer, it is very important, because you have to have different points of view.
You have to be able to listen and to try to understand and to fix things in a really understanding, empathetic and constructive way. Working with Ed Bernero … as an actress, I wish for every actor on this plan
et Earth and in this universe to work with this guy … I am in love with Ed. I don’t know what else to say … he is just so human, so simple, so real, it is just so easy to talk to him. For me … I just feel at home with him, I feel safe, I have fun and it makes me feel really protected as an actress and as a person on set. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE STUDIO AND THE SETS ON CROSSING LINES? The studios are amazing. It is just unbelievable. We have an amazing train and our chopper. I love to come in the studios, I feel [at] home here. This is the place where Sebastian is doing all his ScanGen stuff. That is our room there, my computer, so it is just so cool. WHAT DO YOU THINK AUDIENCES ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT THIS SERIES? I think it is very interesting because they did a lot of crime series in the world, and it is not a new thing, that is for sure. But this one is new because it is around Europe. So first of all the cast is international, it is exotic.
You feel different kind of vibes and also the places that we are going to and the different crimes, and this is something that is more global.
I am European and even though I was born in America, and I live in America most of my time, I think it is just amazing for people to see how beautiful Europe is and to be around this amazing country.
But if we do a crime series in Italy, it maybe just stays local in my own country … This one is actually opening internationally — it is crossing lines.
— Arts Editor WHAT IS CROSSING LINES ABOUT? Crossing Lines centres on former detective Carl Hickman (William Fichtner — Prison Break, Black Hawk Down) who, after being shot in the line of duty, leaves the NYPD and heads to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
But he’s not in retirement for long. Hickman is persuaded by International Criminal Court Inspector Michel Dorn (Donald Sutherland — The Hunger Games, The Pillars of the Earth, Path to War) to join a young crew of talented multinational detectives that pursue crime across European borders.
Although sanctioned by the International Criminal Court, this passionate team, headed by Captain Louis Daniel (Marc Lavoine — The Good Thief, My Wife is an Actress), faces bureaucratic, jurisdictional and cultural obstacles while traversing the continent in pursuit of the world’s most brutal monsters. In addition, they are forced to confront their own demons while learning to trust each other and work together as a team.
Also starring in Crossing Lines are Gabriella Pession ( Wilfred, Jesus), Tom Wlaschiha ( Game of Thrones, Brideshead Revisited), Richard Flood ( Titanic: Blood & Steel, Three Wise Women) and Moon Dailly ( OSS 117: Lost in Rio, Black Heaven)
Crossing Lines is on Sony Entertainment Television (Dstv channel 127) at 8.55 pm on Tuesday nights. — Arts Editor
The cast ofon Sony Entertainment Television (from left) Donald Sutherland, Richard Flood, William Fichter, Gabriella Pession, Tom Wlaschiha and Marc Lavoine.