Entertainment Weekly Interview

Written by Alexa on April 30 2012

Last week’s episode of the Nikita, “Wrath,” will go down as one of the best and most intense episodes in the show’s two seasons.

Star Maggie Q, whose character was tortured both mentally and physically in the episode, couldn’t have been more pleased with the favorable reception, especially considering the work the actress put into it. “[It] was the heaviest I’ve gone in my career,” she said. “[I] came out the other end winded and exhausted. It was so hard, that episode.”

This week’s episode, on the other hand, is quite the departure. In “Shadow Walker,” Birkoff (Aaron Stanford) and Nikita clash after the team asks him to make a large monetary risk as part of a scheme. (And we’re not talking chump change — there is $20 million dollars on the line.) The result, says Maggie Q, is a “fun episode” that examines the sometimes rocky friendship between Nikita and her geeky teammate. “Every time Nikita and Birkoff get into it, they always come to a middle ground,” she says.

But one person Nikita is likely never to find a “middle ground” with? Percy (Xander Berkeley), who will continue to tango with Nikita and Co., leading up to a “big time” clash in the show’s upcoming May season finale. “I do have some action with the Percy character, but it’s more difficult because Xander is not an action guy,” she says. “You have to design something that suits both characters and is character driven. And designing a fight for two people who are that different is really difficult. But I think their fight is very emotionally based…. It’s a very angry fight. It’s definitely brutal.”

The finale, she adds, will leave fans on pins and needles. Though, it can be said that’s also their current state, considering the show has yet to be picked up for a third season. For her part, the actress says she’s hopeful. “[The writers] are definitely planning on it,” she says.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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