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CASTLE: Frances Fisher Previews Her Fashion Queen Role

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * TV Addict, Castle on February 3, 2014 at 11:55 am
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Some television roles seem lovingly crafted for the actors that inhabit them.  Such is the case of the role of Matilda King, the fashion queen of a fictional top magazine, in the upcoming CASTLE episode “Dressed to Kill.”  The episode will reveal a surprising past connection between Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and Matilda King (Frances Fisher). Best of all, it will reveal a future connection as well.  But with Matilda’s assistant turning up dead on the very day that Matilda fired her, all signs are pointing to Matilda for her murder.  Just how ruthless is Matilda in getting exactly what she wants and what will she do when she finds out that someone has betrayed her?

In an exclusive interview, special guest-star Frances Fisher previewed her fun performance as the queen of high fashion in CASTLE.

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What can you share about your role as Matilda King and what attracted you to it?
FRANCES:  When my agent said you have an offer from CASTLE, I thought that was fantastic because I love the show.  I love the relationship between the two lead characters.  I think Stana and Nathan are fabulous people.  I just love what they do with their characters — the repartee between them.  So when I read the script, I thought, “This is good. It’s well-written. It’s interesting. It’s a mystery and you have to follow it to the end.” And I liked the idea of being a part of the show.

Do you think your character Matilda is capable of murder?
FRANCES:  I think in the right circumstances anyone would be capable of murder — if only in self-defense.  But I don’t know.  You’ll have to see if Matilda is the kind of person who could be a murderer.  I don’t want to give anything away!

As a fashion editor, it is not hard to imagine that she has a ruthless streak to her.  She’s got to have a strong backbone. Maybe she is capable of murder.  So how would you describe her relationship with the murder victim?
FRANCES:  Other than being her assistant? Well, Mathilda requires complete loyalty and devotion to the job.  If somebody doesn’t do a good job, then they get axed.  Not murdered, axed.  (Laughs)  And the mystery evolves from that.

What would you say is the one quality you most admire about Matilda?
FRANCES:  That’s an interesting question.   There is a glass ceiling and I think any woman who is able to rise to a powerful position should be commended.

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In this episode, is Matilda a suspect or a witness?  How does she get involved in the investigation?
FRANCES:  (Laughs) I think everyone is a suspect in this world until they are eliminated.  It’s kind of like “Clue.”  That’s the fun of the episode in a show like CASTLE.  It is to follow them and see how they unravel the mystery and catch the culprit.

What was it like working in scenes with Nathan and Stana?
FRANCES:  All my scenes were with them and I had a great time doing it.  They are fabulous people. I really enjoyed the whole process with them.

The show has a more comedic bent.  How did it feel for you to step into a situation where it is kind of a drama, but at the same time, the way that they film it, it is filmed like a comedy?
FRANCES:  I don’t think they film it like a comedy.  There are comedic aspects.  I think there is a lightness that is in the show that is so beautifully portrayed by all the characters.  But Nathan and Stana really lead the show in that way.  I think that the writing helps that. It’s not just a simple procedural.  There is humor that is written into the scripts and it makes it fun.  I’m just now thinking I could have brought a little more humor to the role.  But I guess they liked what I did, because they didn’t tell me to do it again. (Laughs)

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Did you have the opportunity to work with your fellow guest-star Rob Estes in any of the scenes?
FRANCES:  Oh yes, I worked with him in a couple scenes too.  He was great.  In fact, we one very long scene that we had to do with a lot of dialogue and instead of going to lunch, he and I went to the set and worked during lunch and worked out our moves so that it was ready to go.  Because as you can imagine in television there is not a lot of time to rehearse.  In fact, there was a little moment in one of my scenes where I’m opening a box of shoes and I had to talk all during it.  I just saw it and though it was going to be the easiest thing in the world, but I probably rehearsed that by myself about 40 times, just to be able to work with the props and say the line, just so it looked like an everyday occurrence.

How would you describe Rob’s character Julian’s relationship with Matilda?  Are they kind of like allies in this situation?
FRANCES:  Julian works for Matilda and they are allies. But he has a job in front of him that Matilda is not happy about.  It is not up to snuff. She has really high standards and he has not quite met them yet, and they have a long-term professional relationship.

Sounds like you were all having quite a bit of fun.  I have heard that about other guest-stars who have gone on to work on CASTLE and they really enjoy working in that environment.
FRANCES:  It’s great. The tone of the set is wonderful. The crew is just so good and so lovely.  When I wrapped, the props guy came up to me and gave me a single rose from the flowers that were in Matilda’s office.  They were just great.  They are a lovely group of people to work with.  They have been doing it for so long that they are a well-oiled machine at this point.  I’d love to see Mathilda come back.  But who knows!

To see if Matilda is indeed the culprit behind a brutal murder in high fashion and how she may be connected to Beckett’s future, be sure to tune into see this week’s all new episode of CASTLE on Monday, February 3rd at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

Where this article may also be found:

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/02/03/castle-qa-frances-fisher-previews-her-devil-wears-prada-esque-role/

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KILLER WOMEN: Executive Producer Hannah Shakespeare Previews The Octane-Fueled New Drama Series

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * Set visits, * TV Addict, Killer Women on January 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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Offering a twist on the normal murder-mystery type of TV shows, KILLER WOMEN is described by executive producer Hannah Shakespeare as a why-dunnit, opposed to the typical who-dunnit. She clarified that it is a “psychological examination of why women snap.”  But that is a simple way of describing a television show that offers action that would rival a blockbuster movie.   KILLER WOMEN may showcase women driven to kill, but the thrill of the chase is certainly a big element of the series.

In an exclusive video interview, executive producer Hannah Shakespeare talked about the challenges of casting for such a complex and physically-demanding role, how tricky it is reining in her cast from doing the more dangerous stunts, and what will be Molly’s ultimate challenge as the series introduces a big mystery:

For those who take notice, the cast of KILLER WOMEN are all remarkably tall.  Hannah cast taller actors deliberately as she wanted the characters to have a certain swagger to them.  She wanted them to have a gleam in their eye and a strong sympathetic side.

Tracking criminals is not all about high-speed car chases and slapping on handcuffs, it is about understanding the criminal mind and what motivates a person to kill.  Hannah felt for Molly Parker, the Texas Ranger given the special assignment of tracking female killers, that it was important that Molly exude a natural kindness. Fortunately, Tricia Helfer embodies a sense of profoundness with kindness and that was key for the role.  She also happily noted that Tricia is someone that both male and female viewers empathize with, while still being a believable bad-ass.  Tricia can rock a Stetson and pull a gun and people believe it.

To see what kinds of crazy adventures, Molly Parker gets into as she diligently pursues criminals on the run, be sure to tune in for the eight episodes of KILLER WOMEN airing Tuesday nights, starting January 7th, at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

(Editor’s note:  Special thanks goes to ABC Television which made this interview possible with a sponsored trip to the set of KILLER WOMEN.)

Where this article may also be found:

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/01/07/killer-women-video-preview-executive-producer-hannah-shakespeare-previews-the-octane-fueled-new-drama-series/

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KILLER WOMEN: Marta Milans Talks Portraying a Foreign Beauty With the Voice of an Angel

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * Set visits, * TV Addict, Killer Women on January 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Marta Milans (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Marta Milans (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

In a dream come true, Marta Milans was not only cast to co-star in the new ABC drama series KILLER WOMEN, but she was also invited into the music studio to sing for the show as well.  In portraying Becca Parker, a manager for a band, Marta is given the chance to showoff her powerful vocals in one of the storylines explore this season.  KILLER WOMEN may be about the women driven to kill, but the show also explores stories of the family of Molly Parker, a Texas Ranger, trying to find her way again after a painful divorce, prompting her brother Billy and his wife Marta, warmly welcome her into their home back at that family ranch.

In an exclusive video interview, Marta cheerfully talked about getting to play such a fiery Latina who fell in love and started a family while welcoming in her sister-in-law, a Texas Ranger on the rebound into her home.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of Molly’s Ranger work, sometimes her work follows her home and neither Molly or Marta will tolerate that for one second.  Foreign beauty or not, no one messes with Marta, her man, or her family.  It is the one of the bonds that Marta and Molly share – a deep, abiding love for their family and the lengths they will go to in order to protect it.

Marta is thrilled that she not only gets to portray a woman so deeply in love and committed to her husband and family, but that she also gets to portray a woman just as committed to her career.  Plus, getting to sing on the show has been a dream come true.  She is happy that viewers will get a chance to see her in such a great role and to hear her sing.  She welcomes any feedback from the fans and she can be found on Twitter @MartaMilans.

Beginning January 7th, over the course of eight episodes, KILLER WOMEN showcases one woman a week before unveiling an even bigger mystery in the finale.   To see what explosive stories and action KILLER WOMEN has in store, be sure to tune in Tuesday nights, starting January 7th, at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

(Editor’s note:  Special thanks goes to ABC Television which made this interview possible with a sponsored trip to the set of KILLER WOMEN.)

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