ROSWELL, NEW MEX­ICO

JEANINE MA­SON ON THE 1999 RE­BOOT!

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Ever since she was a kid, Jeanine Ma­son has been ob­sessed with space. “I am ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nated by it,” she says. So it was a dream come true when she landed the lead role of Liz Orte­cho in Roswell, New Mex­ico – the re­boot of the 1999 sci-fi series. “The cast and I sit around and talk about an­cient aliens!” says the ex­cited ac­tress, 28. Here, she talks ex­trater­res­tri­als, how to rock a re­boot and what she loves about her char­ac­ter Liz...

How much did you know about the orig­i­nal series when you

signed on? I didn’t watch it, but my older sis­ter did. I wanted to be a good lead­ing lady for our fan base, and I knew I wanted to be able to put Easter eggs [in-jokes] in. So I read the book series and watched a good amount of the orig­i­nal show.

Did you speak to any orig­i­nal cast mem­bers? Ja­son Behr (who played hunky Max Evans in the orig­i­nal series) was just so gra­cious s and ex­cited. He held me by both shoul­ders and said, “I can­not wait it for what is com­ing for you. En­joy ev­ery minute, and I am here for you if you need any­thing.” I mean, it was a dream, hon­estly. How does Roswell, New Mex­ico’s Liz com­pare to Roswell’s

Liz Parker? Well, this is Liz Orte­cho, which was the char­ac­ter’s name in the book. She’s in­cred­i­bly in­tel­li­gent, ca­pa­ble and older. She’s prob­a­bly more jaded than most people would ex­pect. She has a clear idea of what life is, a opin­ion on the world and a point of view, and that world view is just blown up by what she finds out – her tiny, sleepy town is har­bour­ing a huge se­cret. There’s also the mys­tery of what’s hap­pened to Liz’s sis­ter... Rosa, for Liz, was her whole world. She was her big sis­ter, and I have a big sis­ter. I un­der­stand the dy­namic of your idol that you grow up with. She has such a strong feel­ing in her gut that she is be­ing ing lied to and that the story she’s been told about the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing her sis­ter’s death aren’t true. I love that about her. How was it when Shiri Ap­pleby, who played Liz Parker in

the orig­i­nal, di­rected an episode? I’m fully ob­sessed with that woman. She’s won­der­ful. She’s a boss! She has more love for this than any­one else on the planet. I feel so lucky to be part of the story for her and try to make her proud. You won Sea­son Five of So You Think You Can Dance in the US. Will we see you bust a move at all in the show? Yes, we man­aged to sneak that in! Airs 8.30pm Wed­nes­days on Fox8

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