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By Suzanne

Rachael Leigh Cook

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 enjoy it!

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Interview  

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 places."

2. Suzanne: What brought you to this role last year?

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 that?

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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