TNT’s new show “Falling Skies” proves that Moon Bloodgood looks hot even in post-apocalyptic rags. The show is about the survivors of an alien invasion on the move with their ragtag pseudo military forces. Bloodgood plays Anne, the doctor of the survivor camp. She was a pediatrician before the invasion.
I met Bloodgood in January when TNT unveiled “Skies” to the Television Critics Association. She was much more of her usual glamorous self, in a leggy dress at the non-apocalyptic Langham Hotel in Pasadena. I still believed if the roof blew off Roland Emmerich style, she could suture my wounds with a Prada belt.
Q: The aliens are cool, but what I always love about these stories are the survivors trying to find supplies.
MB: And then what’s important to you because money now has no relevance. It’s just paper at this point and you need something like canned food, water. Things change and other things become essential.
Q: And your character was a pediatrician and that becomes the medic now.
MB: Yeah, a pediatrician who’s now forced into a situation where I have to be the head doctor and I’m in charge of anything. Anything that goes wrong, I have to either do it by theory or possibly do it as I go. I liked playing that because I was nervous even playing a doctor. I kind of used that to look like I didn’t know what I was doing while I was in the scene.
Q: Did you do any research on pediatricians?
MB: That, I did. I didn’t do any research on surgery and how to remove [organs]. I even spoke to a pediatrician but I wanted to look like I didn’t totally know what I was doing in terms of the other areas.
Q: The first two episodes are pretty heavy on the action and the guys out in the field. What are we going to learn about you back at the camp in subsequent episodes?
MB: I kind of become the voice of the civilians when it comes to Weaver, which is Will Patton’s character. They have my ear and I have their ear because he’s very, very driven to do what’s right for the military and what’s morally right. I’m kind of more looking out for [the real people.] I see all the people that are hurt and wounded and can’t fight, so I’m back at base camp being mother hen taking care of the kids, looking after Tom’s (Noah Wyle) kids. I obviously have a really fond relationship with Tom. You see my relationship develop with the other characters. Really my primary relationship is with Tom.
Q: Can you buy that, where he was married before the attack.
MB: So was I.
Q: So can you buy that nine months after, two people in that situation can become romantic?
MB: They could but I think you always want to respect the fact that two people were married. Both lost their spouse in a very violent way and you don’t want the audience to say, “Wow, they’re already hooking up. They’ve got a family, their sons are there.” You want their relationship to build and have a natural maturation and respect the prior relationships that just months ago they were alive and they lost their spouse.
Q: The issue of civilians are military is interesting because you can see how they’re a burden on the army. But then what is the arm fighting for in the first place?
MB: It is a total dichotomy of you hold us back from being able to protect us, but if we don’t protect you then we’re doing this all for nothing. You’ve seen that dance all the time between Tom and Weaver and Anne and Weaver. It’s always this struggle because my favorite kind of characters in movies or TV is when you’re watching it as an audience member, you go, “I can understand his point but I can also understand that point.” You have to sit with that question and wrestle with the stuff. I think questions that are easy to answer are never compelling. It’s always the ones that make you think what would I do in this situation, makes you have a little conflict inside.
Q: What is the set like in the camp, the wasteland, on the road in the middle of Toronto?
MB: It’s interesting because it’s supposed to be in Boston but they do a really good job. It looks really desolate. We’re in high school and you see old pictures of people and what was relevant before isn’t relevant now. Then the kids put up pictures of aliens so you see this hybrid of a former life in this ghost town and also the new life that we’re trying to keep creating so we stay sane.
Q: That opening scene with the kids’ pictures is hardcore.
MB: I’m actually sitting there holding them for Matt (Maxim Knight). That’s my hand. I’m going, “What do you see here? What do you see here?” It’s my words, you just don’t see me.