Actress Megan Boone on her new show The Blacklist and how she prepared for the role
The Blacklist on Star World Premiere HD has already been lauded for leading actor James Spader’s performance and the chemistry between him and Megan Boone, which clicked from the beginning. For the uninitiated, the drama series revolves around one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, Raymond Reddington (James Spader), who suddenly surrenders to the FBI with an offer to help catch a terrorist under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), a young FBI profiler.
Megan Boone talks about her preparation for the show and her chemistry with James Spader.
For research, I met with different FBI profilers who interviewed the crazy psychopaths. But most of the things I learned from the character come as the series evolves. Like she has a better sense of humour now. Also through the audition process I was discovering things in the moment.
It’s interesting to see how the dynamic between us (her and James Spader) as actors parallels our dynamic as characters. I’m a bit of a novice; he’s established in his work. He really does care for me; there’s a paternalistic nature to it. He’s very unconventional. I’m really nostalgic and I have a very strong connection to relationships in my life. It’s really life imitating art in many ways.
Actors in one hour drama series on TV are the hardest working actors. It’s grueling. I think it’s important to keep banter on the set.
I love that commonality in stories where we question what is criminal and what isn’t. What makes a person morally upstanding and what makes them corrupt. That you can live inside the law and be corrupt and you can live inside the world of crime and be a morally upstanding citizen.
Action’s a big element of the show. I’ve been exercising a lot. But I have stunt people doing the major work for me. I did get bruised though when I was being dragged into a car by a stunt guy playing a criminal. As he dragged me into a car, I was like, “C’mon this is a rehearsal! But I’m forgiving!”
The Blacklist airs Saturdays on Star World Premiere at 2 pm