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Interview with Rachael Leigh Cook
(Detective Kate Moretti) of "Perception" 6/7/13
I love the show "Perception", so it was great to
interview the two stars of the show over the phone (even
though they only gave me about 9 minutes for each one!). I didn't know
much about Rachael, so it was fun to research her work
beforehand. I was thrilled to realize that she's married to
Daniel Gillies, one of my favorite actors on "Vampire
Diaries" and "Saving Hope". She was so very nice on
the phone, too. On the show she is tough and
street-wise, very different from her real life persona.
That's what makes her such a fine actress.
Here is the audio of my interview with her. I hope you
If the audio is not streaming well, please right-click on
this link and save it to your computer. It should work
better that way!
Here is the transcribed version by
Gisele. - I will be
going through and adding more of it later.
1. Suzanne: You have a lot of Canadians on your
show, and you're married to a Canadian, too.
Rachael: "I know. I'm surrounded. It's crazy.
Yeah. Me and Arjay Smith, I think, are the only Americans of
the regulars. But, yeah, Kelly Rowland and Eric are both
proud Canadians. They definitely make their lives in both
2. Suzanne: What brought you to this role last
Rachael: "I was really excited about doing
something that I just knew to be a really different role for
me, as opposed to where I was naturally sure of getting cast
before, which was in indie dramas and lighter fare
generally. I liked that a lot, but I thought this was a real
opportunity to grow, to play someone who is a really, really
strong, sort of in command, powerful professional woman."
3. Suzanne: What do you like most about playing
the role of Kate?
Rachael: "I like that she's really different from
me, in the sense that she doesn't take any guff. She's, if
anything, a little too intolerant, and she's a little bit
too strident sometimes often to her own detriment. I'm a
little bit lazy and a little bit, sort of, retiring and of
the "Ah, everything'll work out" kind of mentality where
she's a real go-getter and not afraid of very much and
almost anybody. It sort of bleeds over into my personality.
After you pretend to do that long enough, it can sort of
make you think that you're capable of more in your personal
life, and that's been helpful."
4. Suzanne: What will happen this season with
Kate and Pierce?
Rachael: "You can definitely count on more
occasional bouts of romantic tension, but they're going to
be few and far between, because the wrench in the works is
played by the wonderful and talented Scott Wolf who joined
us, who plays my very much estranged ex-husband, Assistant
US Attorney Donny Ryan who comes back to Chicago, supposedly
because his job transferred him back, but we learn that he
may have come back for other reasons, some personal, as
well. He and Daniel are not instant friends. Whether or not
that has a lot to do with Kate, I'll leave it up to people's
opinion, but yeah. They don't hit it off right away, that's
for sure. They're different personality types."
5. Suzanne: What changes if any will Kate be
going through this year?
Rachael: "You get to really find out what went
wrong between her and Donny. Um, you get to see Pierce
confront Kate about her potential feelings for him in a way
that really throws her that maybe Donny is behind. I'm not
sure how much I'm allowed to say otherwise."
6. Suzanne: Is there any else that you can tell
me about this season's episodes? I hear the second one is at
a science fiction convention?
Rachael: "Yeah, that's a lot of fun. Excellent
costumes in that one. Everyone provided their own outfits
for the most part. You get the real full commitment stuff.
It was a really fun day on the set. We get a lot of great
guest stars again this season. We get to learn about, as is
every week, fascinating types of mental illnesses that don't
make it into the every-day water-cooler conversation but
that I've found incredibly fascinating to learn about."
7. Suzanne: I read that you're pregnant -
congratulations! Has the pregnancy created any difficulties
in shooting Perception?
Rachael: "I didn't really want anybody to know at
all, to be honest. I just don't believe in using it as an
excuse. I'm a private person. I don't really want to talk to
everybody about it at work. I just want to do my job, and
it's not what's going on with the character. I didn't sort
of welcome that distraction, but we sort of hit a point
where it wasn't an option to hide it anymore. You know, we
carry files and large boxes and all the of the TV clichés of
how you hide this kind of a thing. We made it pretty far
into the season, and we had the added benefit of shooting
some of the season out of order, so you won't be able to see
like immediate in the presence of folders and boxes or
plants or chairs or whatever is in front of me. It's sort of
scattered, so hopefully, it won't be too noticeable."
8. Suzanne: You and your husband have a movie
coming up, "Broken Kingdom"? What can you tell us about
Rachael: "Yeah, absolutely. It's my husband's
directorial and writing debut. We made it together as a
joint effort. We shot the film over the course of two years,
between shooting in LA and what takes place in Bogota,
Columbia. I think it's an absolutely magical film. I could
not be prouder of Daniel. He's just a gifted artist in so
many ways. It's been airing on Showtime along with its
sister project documentary called 'Kingdom Come' the making
of it juxtaposed with interviews with people who are sort of
synonymous with indie films, speaking about their
experiences in the business. It's an incredible
double-header, and I hope that you get the chance to check
it out one day."
Don't forget to watch "Perception", which
premieres June 25th on TNT! It's really a terrific show.
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