Emily Deschanel, ‘Bones’

10 Actors to Watch

What makes your show different?

“It’s very different because it isn’t just a straight-up forensic show. It has as much to do with the characters as it does with solving the crimes. ”

What previous role are you most proud of?

“In ‘Easy’ I played an obsessive-compulsive architect who’s the sister of the main character. My marriage falls apart and then I kind of find myself again. I really liked the script, the characters and the different dynamics of the characters. There were some complex emotions and complex relationships. It was challenging, but I always like to challenge myself.”

What shows influenced you in becoming an actor? Why?

“I’ve always loved to act since I was a little girl. My sister and I would put on plays in our house, so I loved doing it. I didn’t really know I wanted to do it for a career until I got into my later teens. If there is any specific event or film, television show or theater production, maybe it’s Juliet Stevenson in ‘Truly Madly Deeply.’ I think I saw that around the time when I was trying to decide what to do with my life. I thought she’s such an amazing actress.”

Comedy or drama: Which is harder?

“Comedy is more difficult probably because I’m out of the habit. I went to a school where we didn’t do as many comedies, and comedic timing is something that you either have or you don’t. For me to do comedy, the character has to be written funny. I’m not somebody who, like Will Ferrell, can take anything and make it funny.”

Whose career would you like to emulate?

“I’d love to have Cate Blanchett’s career, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I don’t really think about my career that way. I just kind of go with each thing as it happens, from project to project.”

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