After co-starrring in Terminator Salvation opposite Christian Bale, Moon Bloodgood gets to play a doctor in her new TV series, Falling Skies and, for the time being, isn’t required to fight aliens.
In the new TNT series her character, Anne Glass, is a pediatrician who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic upheaval following a devastating alien attack. Working with a Boston history professor, Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), who is second in command of the resistance fighters, their main objective is to protect the survivors.
Can you tell us a little about your character?
I play Anne Glass, I was a pediatrician, I lost my son and my husband during the attack, six months later Noah Wyle and my character kind of connect and I become this very maternal doctor who cares for all the kids and everyone. I don’t go off and battle [the aliens], which is unusual for me, but it is a departure for me from a lot of the physical stuff I do, but it was very intentional and a choice I made.
What is your back story? Do we ever see your husband and son?
You hear some of my back story. I made up my own back story, my husband was a painter and there’s one scene in the pilot where I see a house where one of his paintings was sold at. He and our son died together, and I put in my back story that I was at the hospital, it was during the day, and they were back at the house.
But they don’t do a lot of referring back to it. My uncle and aunt are on the show, so there is a scene where they want me to talk about it and I don’t really want to.
How old was your son who died?
Three years old. It was hard to make up the back story. It wasn’t something that I enjoyed doing, because I really didn’t want to go to that place. I did do a scene where I do kind of have a little bit of meltdown crying about it. I gave them their own names and things that would make me feel more connected to them.
What is the relationship between Anne and Tom?
The relationship between me and Tom is really the central part for my character – how I relate to Tom, how I support him.
Is it a romantic relationship?
It eventually is. It’s slightly in the first season, because we don’t want to disrespect that we were both married and those spouses died. We want to make sure we ease the audience into our relationship. So it’s a very innocent kiss. We hold hands. It’s more of a friendship and companionship.
Can you talk a little about working with Noah? Were you ever a fan of ER?
I think I’ve only watched one episode of ER. I’m not a huge ER person, but I actually know Noah through his film work like A Few Good Men. I always knew he was a great actor. He’s almost like an old man, from another time period. He’s classic, and cerebral, gracious and polite, there’s something old school about him.
Did they show you pictures of the aliens?
Yeah, we do green screen but there’s also a puppeteer for one of the aliens, so it was physically in front of me. I get to interact with the aliens and figure out their psychology and as much as I can, because they’re sort of a mystery.
Talk about working with the aliens, is your character able to communicate with them in any way?
I don’t know what I can reveal about that. Let me say that they do communicate and we do decode their communications on some level, and the frequencies in which they’re communicating.
Is your role very physical in this?
I luckily get to play a doctor next to Noah. That was so much fun. But I didn’t have to do a lot of action, which was really refreshing for me because I feel like I’ve done that stuff where I had to be physical. I consciously made a choice not to do something that was too action oriented or physical.
I wanted to play something more emotional and less about sex and bravado. And in this I get to be a little bit more cerebral and internal, and they got to do all the stuff and wield guns and look pretty badass.
Do you watch the action sometimes and wish you were participating?
Sometimes. I think at some point we all of us have to know how to fight, because this is a world in which you have to be able to defend yourself and I think I’m probably going to learn how to fight more. But I didn’t want to be that sort of prototype action hero chick.
But I heard you kill an alien with your bare hands.
Yeah, I do. I take it down.
This is a little reminiscent of V, did you watch that series?
They were interested in me being in V. I liked in this show as I got to play a doctor. With V I think it was for me to play an alien, and I liked the idea of observing an alien versus becoming an alien!