Bethany Joy Lenz

OF ‘PEARSON’ ON USA NETWORK

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

It’s the most fun I’ve ever had at work! I’m so ex­cited to play some­one who is grouchy. I get cast a lot as the sweet girl next door or best friend, so it feels so good to be able to come in and play a char­ac­ter who’s al­lowed to just be all the dif­fer­ent lay­ers ... some­body who is ca­pa­ble of be­ing re­ally sweet and soft, but who also doesn’t let any­thing get in the way of her work­load.

It’s just that that’s where she’s so com­fort­able. It’s like you don’t step in front of a runner when they’re train­ing for a marathon. It’s not that they’re try­ing to prove any­thing to any­one, they’re in their zone. And that’s where she is.

What do you think of your teamwork with Gina Tor­res as the ti­tle char­ac­ter, spun off from “Suits”?

I was re­ally ner­vous about the first scene we did, which was the scene I had tested with. I had read with her in the test, so I knew the size of what and who I was deal­ing with – and she’s great. She’s so gen­er­ous and pro­fes­sional and en­gag­ing, and willing to play. She’s a re­ally open artist, which is not al­ways easy to find.

Though “Pearson” is set in Chicago, it’s filmed largely in Los An­ge­les. You’ve trav­eled a lot for your TV-movies, so is it nice to be home?

I was all over ... Ro­ma­nia, Win­nipeg, Vancouver. I have an 8-year-old daugh­ter, so I ac­tu­ally could not have dreamed up a bet­ter job in terms of a char­ac­ter I love, a lo­ca­tion that makes it easy to drop my kid off at school and keep on go­ing up the high­way, and rea­son­able hours be­cause I’m not the star and I don’t have to be there ev­ery day. It’s just a dream.

How are you en­joy­ing play­ing your “Pearson” char­ac­ter, Keri Allen?

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