A ‘global’ crime unit

‘Cross­ing Lines’, one of SA’s hottest new TV shows, has in­ter­na­tional fo­cus

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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.


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