Gina Bellman, Leverage

Hi everyone, sorry I slipped under the radar last week. Couldn't face your comments after Sophie behaved so appallingly in "The First David Job"! Not really — I had lots of real-life stuff going on, such as moving house and getting ready to go back to the U.S. to shoot Leverage Season 2. It's a lot of work packing up and leaving your life and responsibilities behind for six months. We don't even know for sure which city we're going to shoot in; there's a short list of two cities with completely different climates, so what to pack?! Actually, last year I completely overpacked. I forgot I'd be in costume most days and vegging out learning lines and doing laundry on weekends. I could have managed with just one bag of jeans, T-shirts and sweats. My long-suffering boyfriend had to carry a bag of unworn clothes and shoes home to London each time he came out to visit. I'll try to be more prudent this year. Ooh, but I don't know if I can leave those new Christian Louboutins behind?

Anyway, what did you think of "The First David Job"? Sophie let the side down. One of the things that I love about this show is that although these characters are making a connection with one another, they will always have a mercenary streak. They will always be looking over their shoulders and susceptible to opportunism. The scene I love best in this episode (apart from my Matrix moment on the rooftop) is between Sophie and Nate in her lock-up. I asked John Rogers if I could put in the line, "I'm a thief," and I think it really works. Maybe that's the thing keeping them apart? Nate's profound sense of right and wrong and Sophie's self-imposed isolation.

"The Second David Job" is a fantastic episode and a great finale that will keep you in suspense until we're back on air later in the year. It was a perfect way to end the season: Directed by Dean [Devlin], written by John and with lots of scenes with all the gang together. We also had a gorgeous and talented guest star, Kari Matchett, who was so effortlessly integrated into the gang. I hope she comes back next season (though stays away from Nate!). We were having way too much fun to be sad. It was also election night on one of the nights we were filming at the party, and everyone was running to and from their trailers reporting updates.

I'm now starting to get very excited about starting work again in six weeks time. I haven't spoken to John Rogers so don't know anything about which direction the season's going to go in. I know it will be lots of fun, suspense and adventure with maybe even a little romance thrown in. Huh, John? I think he reads this blog!

Thank you so much for hanging with me these last few months. I have enjoyed sharing my experiences with you all and hearing your comments. Take care and stay tuned.

Love, Gina

P.S. I don't know why Aldis [Hodge] always drinks orange soda. It started in Chicago on the pilot a few days before I reported for duty, so I missed the conception of that one! I did however taste it in "Stork Job" and it was pretty vile stuff!