Q. What are some of the recent projects that you've been working on?
A. I'm in Louisiana right now and I'm filming the show "The Gates," we're on episode five right now. We start airing really, really soon, on the 20th of June at 10 p.m., a very sexy slot to be in and it's nice because it's a very sexy show.
Q. The show has a lot of great buzz about it already, do you think early buzz is helpful or hurtful to a show?
A. We have no expectations! I think that we are in such a creative zone right now that we are not thinking about anything besides making an amazing show and the kind of show that we would watch. We're kind of shunning all expectations.
Q. What can you tell us about the premise for the show and about your character? Your costar Colton Haynes mentioned it's a mix of Twilight and "Desperate Housewives."
A. I would agree with those two references, but I would also say that there is a definite "Lost" feeling to it because it's a big cast and there are so many secrets. There is a cliffhanger at the end of every episode, we leave off with you don't know what's going to happen next. There is an intensity and a darkness that are not necessarily in the other two that we do have in ours. It's also a mystery show, there is some crime that happens every week that I get to help solve because I'm a cop. It's a mixup of many things, the best of the best, and we get to flush it out as we go along.
Q. Does this mean that your character has a supernatural element of her own?
A. I have a secret, I will just say that. What I will say about my secret, which is so rad by the way, is that you could never guess in a million years what it is. I mean never, it's crazy!
Q. With films like Twilight and the show "Vampire Diaries," how does "The Gates" set itself apart?
A. I think the biggest thing here for us is that this is a very human look at people who are dealing with universal themes like addiction and feeling different and trying to assimilate to a different culture for the betterment of their families and their children. We're doing a different look at legends and mythology of the past. It's very accessible in a way, we're not jumping the shark in any way, we're treating it with respect. Not that the other projects aren't, we're just different, it just feels very different. I've seen everything else and we're doing a totally different thing!
Q. What is it about the show that made you want to be a part of it?
A. Everything! This character is very cool because she takes her job seriously, but there is so much darkness in her, there is so much back story to her. I love living in that, I'm the kind of actress that creates a person's entire life, I could sit for hours and hours and tell you so much about her. Then I get the job and I tell the story every day and hopefully you'll get even one percent of the back story that I created. That's the kind of nerdy actor I am and this is the kind of character that I get to do that with. They have really given her a very interesting back story that I get to flush out more and more day to day. This is a show I would watch and be a fan of even if I wasn't on it.
Q. Did the chemistry with the cast come naturally or did it take some time to develop?
A. Yeah, we kind of love each other, it's kind of a big love fest. Chemistry is always a very interesting thing and a lot of it is just really good casting. When you look at casting directors and producers you have all of the moving parts that it takes to make up a TV show. A lot of that is the factoring in essence and how everybody fits like a puzzle. On screen when casting and producers do their job incredibly well the chemistry is there but the off screen stuff is really just luck. We really do love each other, we do, and we're going to barbecue tomorrow. I was out of town for a week and I missed everyone.
Q. You're a part of the social networking site Twitter, why is it important for you to connect with fans that way?
A. When I learned about Twitter I was in this very strange situation. I was on Richard Branson's private island and one of their investors told me about it. I was like, I absolutely understand how this is a valuable forum and where do I sign up? I think it was right before "The L Word" came out and I started using it as a diary to remember my day to day. I use it as a tool, almost like a mini diary, that I get to share with everyone. I don't do it to advertise, I am not like, "Hey, take a look at this show!" I just live my life authentically and what I think about something I just write it down and I post it. I am really proud of this project and I want to share it. I feel so honored when anyone writes back and says, "Hey, I'm going to watch and tune in." I can't wait to hear what they say about it, I genuinely care. For someone like that, it's the perfect tool to reach out and be connected to your fan base. These types of things are very individual, how you use them is a very individual thing. Don't let peer pressure make you use a social networking site. Just be authentic and make it your own and people will either join you or not.
Q. What would you like to say to your fans and supporters?
A. Thank you so much for making me feel so supported in the short time that I've been doing this. I feel like I just got here and I feel like I have so much more to give. It's so easy to be inspired when you feel the presence of people who are supporting you. I am so humbled by them and I thank you.