After her abrupt, controversial exit from ABC’s “Fort,” Stana Katic needed extra artistic management over her subsequent TV venture, “Absentia.”
“They had been open to the concept of me taking part as an govt producer,” she says about her new Amazon sequence. “It was very nice to have a voice. In at the moment’s panorama in Hollywood, I feel it behooves a girl — when we now have the chance to have a seat on the desk — to take it.”
Like “Fort,” “Absentia” considerations crime, although that’s the place their similarities finish. Whereas “Fort” — by which Katic co-starred with Nathan Fillion — was a dramedy procedural, “Absentia” is a thriller. Katic performs FBI agent Emily Byrne, who reappears six years after she’s declared useless. To make issues worse, she has no reminiscence of the lacking time. Upon her return, she finds that her husband has remarried and she or he’s implicated in a brand new sequence of murders.
Katic on “Fort”ABCAfter “Fort’s” eighth season, ABC introduced that Katic wouldn’t be a part of a possible ninth season with Fillion, reportedly as a consequence of “budgetary causes.” It was an disagreeable shock for Katic.
(And “Fort” by no means did return for a ninth season.)
However Katic says that filmmaking can also be considered one of her longtime pursuits — another excuse she was drawn to “Absentia.” “No matter any experiences prior to now, for me it truly is necessary to be engrossed in as a lot because the artistic course of as I probably can,” she says. “I used to be shocked with how a lot the eight years I spent on ‘Fort’ really serviced that. I ended up, in a manner, having a free training on that present.
“I might all the time ask a variety of questions of the producers and the administrators. It was a refined absorption of knowledge that I used to be in a position to then flip round and, I imagine, created added worth for this new venture.”
One surprising side of her “Absentia” position, nonetheless, is the truth that Emily is a mom. Though Katic had many affords after “Fort,” she had particular limits in thoughts.
“I [told my agent], ‘This sounds horrible however I don’t wish to play a mother and I don’t wish to play a girlfriend or the wife-of.’ In lots of tales, these characters are simply worrying and that’s it,” she says. “That’s their position in the complete film or sequence — they only fear they usually’re not part of the precise arc or engine that strikes the story alongside.”
‘She’s a badass, she’s a survivor of one thing excessive. With the ability to play with all of these dimensions was actually thrilling.’
However when “Absentia” got here to her consideration, she perked up.
“This is without doubt one of the few roles that I noticed the place, sure, this lady has a child and that performs into the story, however she has an incredible relationship with this baby. She’s a lot extra. She’s a badass, she’s a survivor of one thing excessive. With the ability to play with all of these dimensions was actually thrilling.”
Her fundamental sources of inspiration to play Emily is likely to be stunning: Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy.
“I like Cillian Murphy’s character in ‘Peaky Blinders’ and Tom Hardy’s in ‘Taboo’ — theses are characters that as viewers members, we comply with together with and root for,” she says. “However our personal morality is examined all through that journey, as a result of these characters experience a skinny line between morality and amorality.