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Interview with Catherine Bell of "Good Morning, Killer" on
Moderator: Kristina Stafford
December 1, 2011
2:00 pm CT
Operator: Good day and welcome to the Turner Entertainment hosted
Catherine Bell conference call. Todayís conference is being recorded.
At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Ms. Kristina
Stafford. Please go ahead.
Kristina Stafford: Good afternoon. Thank you for joining the
Catherine Bell conference call. ďGood Morning Killer,Ē premieres
Tuesday, December 13 at 9:00 pm Eastern and Pacific Time on TNT. The
conference call is now open for questions. Please press star 1 to ask a
question. Thank you.
Operator: Once again, that is star 1 to ask a question. If you
are on your speakerphone, please make sure your mute button is enabled -
or disabled so that your signal may reach our equipment. Weíll pause for
just a moment to assemble our roster.
Our first question comes from Kenna McHugh with Screenhead Movie Roar.
Kenna McHugh: Yes, hi. My question is for Catherine. You know,
you did - I was - I followed your career a little - you know, quite a
bit and I know youíve done - your work is really great. And I was just
wondering, what do you do to keep up the positive attitude and keep
creating such great work?
Catherine Bell: Aw, thank you. Well, you know, I guess itís just
who I am. I donít know. I kind of just enjoy life and try to keep
finding fun projects to work on and Iím fortunate enough to keep finding
them and people keep wanting to make them with me. And in between, I
intersperse that with my family, my kids and, you know, try and enjoy
Kenna McHugh: Great. That sounds great. Thatís wonderful.
Catherine Bell: Okay perfect.
Operator: Our next question comes from Michael Smith with
Mediamikes.com. If you do have a question, please press star 1.
Michael Smith: Hi. Good morning. I guess this is a two-part
question. Number one, did you enjoy the experience of ((inaudible))
Catherine Bell: Yes, I really did. Iíd never played an FBI agent
and found it fascinating just trying to get into the mind of a, you
know, a kidnapper, a rapist and track this guy. It sounds very
fascinating. And obviously it was based on a wonderful novel so we had a
lot of things to draw from. And itís a very rich, rewarding experience
Michael Smith: Okay. And I guess a quick follow up, there are
several other novels featuring your character. Is that - is this
something youíd like to continue doing later again revisiting this?
Catherine Bell: I would love to. Itís actually something we
talked about from the beginning. And it ended up being such a wonderful
filming experience I think for all of us involved that we were instantly
hoping to do more. So hopefully it goes in that direction.
Michael Smith: All right, thank you very much.
Catherine Bell: Yes, sure.
Operator: At this time, we have one question remaining in the
queue. Once again if you would like to ask a question or if you have a
follow up question, please press star 1. Weíll take our next question
from Jamie Steinberg with Starry Constellation Magazine.
Jamie Steinberg: (Itís good) to speak with you again.
Catherine Bell: Hey you too. I saw you Tweeting about this
Jamie Steinberg: Of course and right now.
Catherine Bell: (Oh good).
Jamie Steinberg: Maybe youíll follow me sometime.
Catherine Bell: Yes. Oh yes. I will.
Jamie Steinberg: Is there an aspect of this character that you
connect with or you really just didnít like?
Catherine Bell: I actually found her fascinating. Sheís not a
perfect woman by any means. Sheís very smart, very good at her job, very
much in control there. But very much not in control in her personal
life, picks very bad relationships. And definitely has some issues,
which I found as an actress really fun to play, you know.
Jamie Steinberg: Well, what was the most interesting thing that
you learned about being an FBI agent?
Catherine Bell: You know, I really didnít know too much about the
FBI. I got a chance to go down to the headquarters in Los Angeles and
really learned a lot just touring the offices for several hours and
finding out, you know, all the different areas that they cover from bank
robberies to terrorism and, you know, anything of course that crosses
But also like hate crimes and cyber crimes and things like that, which I
really didnít fully understand what the FBI did and how they protect us
as American Citizens and theyíre kind of a combination of sort of
military and law enforcement, just everything rolled into one. And
really, really gained some new knowledge and respect, you know.
Jamie Steinberg: Great. Thank you so much.
Catherine Bell: Yes, sure.
Operator: We have a follow up question from Michael Smith with
Michael Smith: Hello again. If the Internet movie database is to
be believed, William Devane started working the year you were born. What
was it like working with such a veteran actor?
Catherine Bell: It was fantastic. He plays my grandfather in the
script as a great character, kind of just a crotchety old, you know, cop
who thinks he knows better then me and thinks the FBI are a bunch of (whooses)
and, you know, so we have this sort of love-hate relationship. But we
had a blast. Heís definitely been around and, you know, knows how to
fill a characterís shoes. It was really fun.
Michael Smith: Thank you again.
Catherine Bell: Sure.
Operator: We have another follow up from Kenna McHugh with
Screenhead Movie Roar. Ms. McHugh. We have another follow up...
Kenna McHugh: Sorry about that. I - my mute was on. Sorry. Can I
ask it? Hello.
Operator: Yes, your line is still open. Please go ahead.
Kenna McHugh: Okay thank you. Sorry about that. I was just
curious because you talked about the research you did and as a craft for
your profession. How much research do you think is needed? When do you
know when youíve done enough research and you can - and youíve got your
- youíve got your part, youíve got ((inaudible)), you can - you feel
like you can continue, you know, you can perform the roll?
Catherine Bell: Yes, you know, to me itís kind of ongoing even
throughout the filming I think. Thereís a point in the beginning where
you really know nothing about the character. And to me thatís always
scary especially if youíre, you know, depends on how close youíre
getting to start of production date.
But, you know, very rapidly it all starts to come together, which
reading the script and reading the novel and meeting FBI agents and
asking a ton of questions and, you know, just doing your research, itís
like little by little, itís like youíre putting on layers of this
character and you start to kind of get a sense of it.
And for me, it usually all comes together on the first day of filming
where, you know, okay, there I am and Iím in a costume. Iím wearing the
suit of this FBI agent. Iíve got the badge, the gun, you know, and you
start saying the lines. And then it kind of - it all comes together and
progresses over the next, you know, few days.
But even then Iím always looking and searching and finding out more and,
you know, I really think that the more you study, the more you do that,
the more you find, you know.
Kenna McHugh: Yes. I have another question. Do - itís kind of a -
itís a physical fitness question actually. I know that with your - you
know, I havenít seen the (screener) yet. Itís coming tomorrow. But I
presume that you do have some physical, you know, stunt work that youíre
doing with the - I figure with the FBI.
So what - can you give a - whatís your workout routine like to stay in
shape for these roles?
Catherine Bell: You know, most of the (workout) is done before we
start filming because once we start filming, honestly, especially
something like this where Iím in every single scene, most - you know,
most every day. I donít think I had a day off on this one.
So it becomes harder and harder to work out. You know, youíre getting
more and more tired and you just do a few pushups here and there, sit
ups, you know, in the morning. But before I start filming, itís pretty
rigorous. I definitely do, like, an hour, hour and a half, sometimes up
to two hours a day just getting in shape and, you know, getting lean and
getting strong and doing some martial arts and, you know, whatever else
I can depending on the role.
Kenna McHugh: Thatís cool. Do you play any competitive sports?
Catherine Bell: No, I havenít had time. I pretty much just do
stuff with my trainer at the gym or if I do martial arts I do a class or
Kenna McHugh: Yes, thatís cool. I was just curious. I was
curious. Okay, well thanks.
Catherine Bell: Yes, sure.
Operator: We have another follow up question from Jamie Steinberg
with Starry Constellation Magazine.
Jamie Steinberg: What were some of your favorite moments that you
had from filming on, ďGood Morning Killer?Ē
Catherine Bell: Oh, letís see. So many. It was really, really one
of the best experiences Iíve had filming, both the story and everyone
involved in making it. All the actors were really wonderful from Cole
Hauser and Titus Welliver and some great, great talent.
But I donít know. I loved doing the scenes that involved the killer, the
bad guy. Those were - without giving anything away or what kind of
scenes they were, very intense and very emotional and, yes, kind of very
challenging to shoot a well. But yes, those are probably my favorite I
would have to say.
Jamie Steinberg: And why do you think people will want to take
the time to watch, ďGood Morning Killer?Ē
Catherine Bell: Well, if theyíre anything like me, they like to
be entertained and so many people - myself included - like mysteries and
thrillers and I know Iíve always been fascinated with serial killers or,
you know, this is the kidnapper/rapist. But, you know, that - what makes
somebody do that? And to me itís fascinating. So to have something
thatís based on such a wonderful novel with such a great story I think
makes for some good, fun popcorn-eating, soda-drinking movie watching,
Jamie Steinberg: Also, what are the other projects youíre working
on? I know you were last speaking to us about (B Ring) and about another
Catherine Bell: Yes. Well, letís see, weíve got - Iím doing Army
Wives right now. We just got picked up for ten more episodes in this
Jamie Steinberg: I know. Congrats.
Catherine Bell: So (Iíll be) busy for a little while but - yes,
yes, weíll do 23 episodes now. And hoping to, you know, some talk of
maybe another, ďGood Morning Killer,Ē movie or series after Army Wives.
Or some other projects that Iím working on as well as the producer and
developing, but you know me, always - Iím always busy. Always working on
Jamie Steinberg: When do you (read)? When do you have family
Catherine Bell: You know what, I actually have the day off today
and I spent most of the day - my daughter stayed home. She had a little
sore throat so we were just decorating the house, doing Christmas stuff,
listening to Christmas music, running around playing, chasing the baby.
So I definitely squeeze in my personal and family time.
Jamie Steinberg: Great, thanks.
Catherine Bell: Yes sure.
Operator: We have no further questions at this time. Ms.
Stafford, Iíll turn the conference back to you for any additional or
Kristina Stafford: Thank you so much everyone for joining todayís
call. As a reminder, ďGood Morning Killer,Ē premieres Tuesday, December
13 at 9:00 pm Eastern and Pacific Time on TNT. A transcript of this call
will be available within 24 hours. Thank you Catherine and thank you all
Catherine Bell: Thank you guys.
Kristina Stafford: Take care.
Operator: Thank you. This does conclude todayís conference.
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