Check­ing in with Gretchen Mol

Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - TV STAR PLUS - By Ge­orge Dickie

A rel­a­tive new­comer to sci­ence fic­tion af­ter 20-plus years in tele­vi­sion, movies and the­ater, Gretchen Mol was nonethe­less ex­cited to step into the skin of a sci­en­tist des­per­ately try­ing to sur­vive a space mis­sion gone awry in the Syfy space hor­ror “Night­fly­ers.”

In the hour­long se­ries, which pre­mieres Sun­day, Dec. 2, the 46-year-old Con­necti­cut na­tive stars as Dr. Agatha Mathe­son, a psy­chi­a­trist aboard the Night­flyer, the most ad­vanced space­ship of its late-21st cen­tury day, who spe­cial­izes in work­ing with L-1 telepaths, one of whom the rest of the crew re­sent and dis­trust.

As their mis­sion takes them to­ward the edge of the so­lar sys­tem and their san­ity, they re­al­ize their real enemy might al­ready be on board — which forced Mol to play some­one in the throes of ab­ject ter­ror.

“You don’t nec­es­sar­ily con­jure it all, I found, in this way of work­ing,” Mol ex­plains. “It comes down to sim­plic­ity. I can’t go back into my wheel­house and go, ‘What sit­u­a­tion does this com­pare to and what do I draw on for this?’ Re­ally, no. Some­times it’s just ab­ject fear and you have to jump off the cliff and just scream for your life.”

“I found it all very cathar­tic,” she adds with a laugh. “I re­ally en­joyed it. I mean, it wouldn’t be some­thing you’d want to do ev­ery day be­cause you put your body through some phys­i­cal stress to play those kinds of scenes. But at the same time, it is cathar­tic. I mean, it’s good to scream. It’s healthy, you know?” Name: Gretchen Mol Birth date: Nov. 8, 1972 Birth­place: Deep River, Conn. Ed­u­ca­tion: Stud­ied act­ing and mu­si­cal the­ater at the Amer­i­can Mu­si­cal and Dra­matic Academy and the Wil­liam Esper Stu­dio. Fam­ily ties: Is the mother of a son and a daugh­ter, 11-year-old Ptolemy and 7-year-old Win­ter, with hus­band TodWil­liams, a film­maker TV cred­its in­clude: “Dead Man’sWalk,” “Spin City,” “Girls Club,” “Life on Mars,” “Board­walk Em­pire,” “Mozart in the Jun­gle,”

“Chance,” “Seven Sec­onds,” “Yel­low­stone”

Movie cred­its in­clude: “Girl 6” (1996), “The Fu­neral” (1996), “Don­nie Brasco” (1997), “Mu­sic From An­other Room” (1998), “Rounders” (1998), “Celebrity” (1998), “Sweet and Low­down” (1999), “The Shape of Things” (2003), “The No­to­ri­ous Bet­tie Page” (2005), “Puc­cini for Be­gin­ners” (2006), “Amer­i­can Loser” (2007), “3:10 to Yuma” (2007), “An Amer­i­can Af­fair” (2008), “Lag­gies” (2014), “Manch­ester by the Sea” (2016)

Gretchen Mol

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