Interview with Moon Bloodgood from Falling Skies

In addition to Noah Wyle, I recently got the chance to speak with his co-star and romantic interest in the new show, Falling Skies, Moon Bloodgood. Falling Skies takes place six months after aliens have invaded Earth and killed most of the population. Noah’s character fights back, along with his family and a small group of other survivors.

Moon is probably best known for her role in Terminator Salvation, but she also starred in Day Break, Journeyman, and guest starred in a few episodes of one of my favorite shows, Burn Notice. Check out the great questions & answers Noah gave to me and other members of the press below!

On what makes Falling Skies different from other alien invader shows

Well I think ultimately if you’re, you know, if you’re going to like a show – I mean we’re all kind of, you know, dealing with the same subject matter, I think what’s going to be different is certainly out approach sort of the science fiction aspect of it it’s going to be a little – it’s going to vary but if you like the story, the human story behind it and like – you want to follow the characters and that’s what’s going to bring you to it.

And we’re much more drama and more of a human element than like a District 9 which I think is primarily more about – though a great story, one of my favorite science fiction films, there’s definitely more of a science fiction element than I think we have. I think we’re sort watch – of having the marriage of a good family story with the science fiction element.

Jump with us to see what else Moon had to say.

On her draw to science fiction shows/movies

I think I’ve been drawn to science fiction because I’m a fan of science fiction. And I think when you like something you just – I like to think you’re generally better at it and when you’re auditioning for something maybe that sort of resonates. But I – because I love it, I tend to want to do those kind of protects. And then you start to do them and that kind of becomes your thing which is not a bad thing because it’s still a genre I deeply appreciate.


On what she likes most about her character, Anne Glass

I really enjoy the fact that, you know, she’s a doctor — she was a pediatrician — and that I think that she’s very admirable, that she doesn’t often talk about herself, extremely selfless, always calm and rational, always, you know, being fair and with reason. And I think I admired her because I feel sometimes I’m not always that way and she was always selfless and always very maternal towards everyone.


On the most difficult part of the series for her

Sometimes the subject matter is heavy and there’s lot of depth and weight and you have to think about – you have to take yourself to that place of, you know, you’re supposed to be hungry and scared and you’ve lost your family and sometimes you want levity. And I can find the subject matter to be – to weigh on me at times when I was working and all I wanted to do was just, you know, I’d go home and just put some comedy on and have a beer because I just needed some sort of change.

But I think no matter how much I can resist it, I gravitate towards these kinds of subject matters and I like the drama and that’s where I feel the most comfortable and probably that’s why that’s what I do the most.


On feeling the pressure and expectations for the show

[Note from Jenny: First, I told her my whole family was excited about, including my 13 year old son, and that we all planned to sit down and watch it together. The first bit of her answer is in response to that.]

Yay and I think that – god that’s something you have to tell Noah, I mean I think having 13-year old boys and women and all kinds of different people in different demographics is what we want. Like it’s sort of a family show, but you get to learn about aliens.

I’m wondering like why I don’t feel more pressure. I don’t know if I’m – I just kind of disconnect because I need normalcy in my life; I don’t feel any pressure, I don’t. I feel like at this point like, you know what let the, you know, chips fall where they fall.

I’m – I’ve done the work, I feel confident in the content and I don’t think we’re trying to make some like, you know, revolutionary like novel stance on aliens, we’re just trying to make a simple family show about human survival and that takes precedent and this science fiction element I think is secondary. It’s not just an action show; it’s you just – do you want to go on this journey with these people, do you understand what they’re going through?

I can’t say I’m not going to be disappointed if it’s not well received but I’m certainly think – and I’m also not a veteran but I think I’ve learned to try to not get caught up in the expectation game because that can be so – it’s just so easy to do when you’re an actor and I think it’s not healthy. So I’m trying to stay very adult-like about it.

[Note from Jenny: This was my first question.]

On how her taking the role came about

I have vague memories of I think it was Spielberg and Michael Wright came up with it together and then kind of brought Robert Rodat into it, you know, real great writer, wrote Saving Private Ryan.

And then by the time it found its way to me — I don’t think this was probably a year after it — Noah was already on board, I think other people had already been cast and I think originally I was supposed to be like an art dealer or some sort of artist. But I wasn’t the primary focus in the first episode, you know, it was about the Mason family and I was someone who was going to connect with Noah Wyle’s character, maybe a romantic twist was going to happen.

So I saw just, you know, a basic show that had really good people involved but I think it was something that Spielberg obviously initiated and then it kind of came into fruition.

[Note from Jenny: This was my second question.]


On how it was to work with Noah Wyle and the kids involved

Yes there are young children that I have some scenes with. But listen Noah’s a veteran, I play a doctor, trust me he gave me lots of pointers and I was so happy to, you know, to receive his advice. He’s been around, he knows the industry and he is just such a diligent professional.

I learned a lot; I learned a lot from him and Will Patton. I think you learn something from everyone that you work with but he gave a different perspective and I thought he was really good at being our leader and – in the show and also off, you know, like, you know, as a friend and a colleague.


On what she drew inspiration from for her character

Good question. I sometimes think it’s probably not good to use your own life circumstances because that can kind of get tiring, but I did. I kind of dove – not dove into it but I conjured up or — what’s the word I’m looking for — I looked into myself and my own pain and tried to use that as a cathartic thing when I was doing the role.

And then I just also try to use my imagination of what it felt like to live in a world where suddenly I lost my family and to lose a child which I – you know, must be the most horrendous thing to ever go through is to lose a child. So I tried to use myself and my imagination.

And the journey’s interesting because there’s a couple times when I breakdown; I breakdown emotionally about my family, and there’s another time when I am fighting to, you know, keep the alien alive with another doctor and I’m very stoic in that fight, and there’s a time when I’m more romantically involved with Noah.

But what’s – what was the most compelling part is when I had to actually pick up a gun at one point because I get hurt, I get attacked and I suddenly need to defend myself against other humans and that’s a position that Anne Glass never thought she would be in. And for her that’s when the world – the first biggest pain was her husband and her child and the next was just losing that innocence against violence.


On how much of her is in her character in Falling Skies

Well I try to be, you know, a good actress and not bring myself into it but I believe all actors bring an essence of themselves, you just can’t squash that, you can’t eliminate it, it’s part of you.

In this role I play a doctor and I’m so level headed and I’m not the athlete and I’m not the vixen or the girl that’s the tomboy I’m just, I’m someone who’s there to – who’s not only maternal but who’s going to medically heal people and is against violence.

So I felt it was very different for me whether or not – yes I guess I bring myself into everything — I try not to — and give it a little bit more life. But there’s always a part that you’re not bringing it to the writing, it’s how you’re written and that has nothing to do with you.


On what attracted her to the show

That, you know — doing something that is not just one dimensional; it’s science fiction but it’s human tragedy, it’s different diverse characters interwoven together and trying it kind of find their humanity and live any kind of normalcy and readjust to the new world that’s changed completely from the world that they know.

So I think I want to do projects – I mean I was also drawn to playing a doctor and it’s something I’d never done, I’d played a nurse before but it has to be – you know, and I’d have to have a gun on my leg and be running around and doing stunts, though I love that to death.

I wanted to do something more cerebral and that I got to be a little softer and I thought that was a more fun place for me to be in this, you know, in this time in my life.


On her character being the nurturing type—not the action character or girl with the gun

Oh yes, let me just tell you that scene that I got to do with Will in the beginning is one of my favorites; I just – I love working with Will Patton.

I loved being able to humbly be the voice of the civilians, because I’m not just a doctor but I’m their – they have my ears. I’m dealing with then, they’re the ones we’re fighting for and I have to remind, you know, Will Patton’s character of that — that this is what’s important, don’t lose sight of that in your need to protect your fighters, remember what the cause is and humanity is the most paramount thing.

And in playing a role as a pediatrician — which is what Anne Glass was — I was certainly a doctor who is capable but in over my head. So I prepared but I also wanted to seem like I was a little out of my element because then when I am (deharnessing) kids and, you know, performing surgeries and I’m just way out of my element.

And I wanted to play something that was more cerebral but – and look confident at it but also look like I was a little bit – a little scared, a little, you know, not someone totally in control and I’ve never played something like that.


On shooting Falling Skies in an urban isolation setting

We had to find, you know, we shot in Toronto and we – I really wanted to shoot in Boston. It’s hard to find a place that kind of can resemble Boston’s kind of colonial look, I mean it’s very different, very unique and you can’t just build the sets; I guess you certainly could, it wouldn’t be cost effective. But you want to have that look and there’s not many places to go for that and I think that’s why it was Toronto.

And I would love to shoot in Montana but – and even though there’s some things that we could have done like, you know, the school and things like that they were – there were other sort of like brownstones and things that you saw in the background that needed to look very Bostonian.


On making sure the family drama doesn’t get overshadowed by the aliens & special effects

I think primarily when Rob Rodat wrote this — and he’s from Boston — that it was always a human drama and not – a simple story about a family; that was supposed to be the paramount story and then the science fiction kind of secondary.

I don’t – the reason I don’t think we get overshadowed by the science fiction is because it sort of goes on and off where we go family story, and that stays but then the second episode will be filled with science fiction, then we take a break and we get away from all that — the guns and action — and go back to a love of the dialogue and the interpersonal relationships.

I really truly believe we did succeed in always keeping the family structure and the human element of it in the forefront and the science fiction secondary because I do think sometimes science fiction, if you don’t have a good story behind it, it can become one dimensional.

Thanks to Moon for taking the time to speak with me & the other journalists. Be sure and tune in to TNT on Sunday night at 9/8c for the 2-hour series premiere of Falling Skies!

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