Poppy Mont­gomery

OF ‘REEF BREAK’ ON ABC

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY JAY BOB­BIN

What can you say about the rather com­pli­cated per­sonal life that your “Reef Break” char­ac­ter, thief turned fixer Cat Cham­bers, has?

Her ex, played by Ray Steven­son, was an un­der­cover FBI agent in the crim­i­nal gang that she was a part of. She thought he was a crim­i­nal when she fell in love with him, then re­al­ized he was not.

Then, she turns out to be in­volved with a de­tec­tive on the is­land. He’s played by Des­mond Chiam, who’s ac­tu­ally Aus­tralian, but we found in the (United) States. It was the

cra­zi­est thing. It’s such an in­ter­na­tional show, I think I’m the only Amer­i­can cit­i­zen on it, though I’m also an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen.

Many sum­mer dra­mas on the U.S. broad­cast net­works are in­ter­na­tional co­pro­duc­tions. Why do you think that’s the case?

When “Un­for­get­table” (Mont­gomery’s pre­vi­ous se­ries) got res­ur­rected all those times, it had a lot to do with the TF1 net­work in France. There’s high de­mand and low sup­ply for these kinds of shows, and that’s why you’ll see for­eign part­ners come in and help us get them made. “Reef Break” is a very blue-skies, pro­ce­dural driven show, and there aren’t a lot of those on the air right now.

Does sell­ing a se­ries that has a known quan­tity – in this case, you – help you cre­atively in be­ing able to make it the way you want to?

It’s def­i­nitely been fun, be­cause I’ve got­ten to dance a lit­tle bit out­side the lines in terms of how we struc­ture the show within (a format) that works all over the world. It’s a genre that they un­der­stand me in and that I like to play, these strong women who are al­ways bold and brave and solv­ing crimes and do­ing crazy things. The idea that “Un­for­get­table” and “With­out a Trace” were pop­u­lar in­ter­na­tion­ally helped get this made, for sure.

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