OF ‘REEF BREAK’ ON ABC
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.