Check­ing in with JULIE ANN EMERY

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

Julie Ann Emery knows she’s had it good.

Af­ter a string of meaty roles in A-list series such as “Bet­ter Call Saul,” “Catch-22” and “Fargo,” the 44-yearold Tennessee na­tive ad­mits it will be tough to fol­low up on her cur­rent role as God-fear­ing Sun­day school teacher-turned-re­morse­less Grail agent Lara Feather­stone in the AMC comic book drama “Preacher.”

“It’s very hard for me to walk away and it’s even harder for me for me to think about what comes next,” the ac­tress ex­plains, “be­cause I feel like ev­ery­thing is bor­ing af­ter you’ve played Feather­stone. I mean, I learned new skills ev­ery sea­son, like I learned how to strip a Glock. I learned some­thing for Sea­son 4 that I can’t talk about yet that is com­pletely awe­some and cool. Yeah, she’s been a great char­ac­ter to live with for the last three sea­sons.”

The fourth and fi­nal sea­son of the Seth Ro­gen/Sam Catlin/Evan Gold­berg-cre­ated, writ­ten and pro­duced drama opens Sun­day, Aug. 4, and finds God’s endgame be­gin­ning to click into place as Jesse, Tulip and Cas­sidy (Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gil­gun) make their way to the Most High to try to pre­vent the end of the world.

That will un­doubt­edly mean more ac­tion scenes for Feather­stone, a take-charge char­ac­ter that Emery says has “some­thing very bro­ken in­side.”

“Sea­son 4 pushed me and Feather­stone both to my phys­i­cal and emo­tional lim­its and that’s say­ing a lot,” she ex­plains. “And we’re def­i­nitely go­ing to see Feather­stone with some of my fa­vorite re­la­tion­ships, so we’re go­ing to see some Feather­stone/Tulip ac­tion again, there are mul­ti­ple fan­tas­tic sto­ry­lines with Herr Starr (Pip Tor­rens). That re­la­tion­ship is go­ing to get com­pli­cated this sea­son.

“It was a plea­sure to shoot this sea­son,” she con­tin­ues. “If we’re go­ing to go out, I’m glad we’re go­ing out on our own terms and I def­i­nitely have a very sat­is­fy­ing fi­nal Feather­stone sea­son.” Full name: Julie Ann Emery

Birth date: Jan. 16, 1975

Birth­place: Crossville, Tenn.

Alma mater: Web­ster Univer­sity

Fam­ily ties: Mar­ried to stage ac­tor Kevin Ear­ley

TV credits in­clude: “The Drew Carey Show,” “Prov­i­dence,” “ER,” “CSI: Mi­ami,” “Alias,” “Line of Fire,” “Com­man­der in Chief,” “Bones,” “Ghost Whis­perer,” “Army Wives,” “Oc­to­ber Road,” “Dex­ter,” “Ter­mi­na­tor: The Sarah Con­nor Chron­i­cles,” “Cupid,” “Royal Pains,” “Then We Got Help!,” “Dam­ages,” “Suits,” “Per­cep­tion,” “Fargo,” “Un­for­get­table,” “Bet­ter Call Saul,” “Mas­ters of Sex,” “Ma­jor Crimes,” “NCIS: New Or­leans,” “Code Black,” “No­to­ri­ous,” “The Mick,” “Preacher,” “Catch-22”

Movie credits in­clude: “Re­al­ity Check” (2002), “Hitch” (2005), “House” (2008), “The Let­ter” (2012), “Gifted” (2017), “I Hate Kids” (2019), “Life Sup­port” (forth­com­ing)

Fa­vorite book: “Well my fa­vorite re­cent book ... this tril­ogy by – it’s the Stone books, ‘The Fifth Sea­son.’ That’s my lat­est fa­vorite book. I read them all while I was shoot­ing ‘Catch-22’ last year in the sum­mer and I’m about to read them again. It’s sci-fi/fan­tasy. I tend to be a fan­tasy-sci-fi girl. And then there’s a book that I tend to go back to and reread again and again called ‘The Mists of Avalon’ that is the Camelot story told from the women’s point of view, which I re­ally, re­ally love. I know those are very strange answers, but yeah (chuck­les).”

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