Interview with Complex


Written by Marica on January 19 2013

Women Are Complex, Too

Between kicking ass and taking names, the exotic leading lady of the CW’s hit series Nikita plays a quick game of “Would You Rather.”

I’d rather work in a group than work solo.
I like both. But if I said I’d rather work by myself, that would be a lie, because filming a TV show requires a team effort.

I’d rather surf the ocean than the Internet.
I’m from Hawaii. I grew up surfing, and my connection to the ocean is profound. I go back to Hawaii when I get more than a week off, which isn’t all that often, sadly.

I’d rather do my own stunts than have a stunt double.
I do my own stunts and I hurt myself all the time. I’m lucky that it hasn’t been too bad. I’ve cracked bones. I broke my fingers last year while shooting Nikita. It wasn’t even an action script. I was supposed to lift up a metal grate and climb down a ladder that led to an underground tunnel system. The grate teetered and fell on my head and my hand. I couldn’t hold onto the ladder and fell. It was awful. I went to the E.R. but I showed up to work the next day.

I’d rather wear sweats than a ball gown.
The best thing about a gown is that you get to go home and put sweats on. When I’m shooting, I have to deal with a million people, so in my off time I’m pretty solitary. I keep it low-key and quiet. I do yoga, read, and hang out with my dogs.

I’d rather be lied about than lied to.
It already happens every day and it’s not a big deal. Those are the people I don’t know and who don’t know me. Being lied to implies we’re close, and that would hurt more.

I’d rather fight alongside Linda Hamilton than Sylvester Stallone.
She’s a badass. Remember that photo of her in the black tank top and military pants from Terminator 2? She was “it” at that time. I loved her.

I’d rather talk to animals than be telekinetic.
I already have this deep connection with animals, so I’d take it to the next level. I’ve been an activist for 15 years and worked with a lot of different animal groups protecting everything from cats and dogs to elephants, bears, and marine animals. I love them all.

I’d rather date a sensitive guy than a tough guy.
I always say a tough guy, and people get put into a box, so it would be nice to try the other side.

Nikita airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on the CW.

Source: Complex

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