Gina Bellman

Gina Bellman, Leverage: "The Homecoming Job"

In the script of this episode [airing Tuesday at 10 pm/ET, on TNT], one of the characters that Sophie adopts (Lilly) is Irish. I'm nervous that I'm going to run out of accents pretty quickly if I have to do a new one in every episode. Also, the audience will come to expect it and be disappointed if I don't deliver. I speak to the writer, John Rogers, about my fears and he is understanding and supportive. The point of Sophie is that she can adopt any persona at the drop of a hat, and accent is really just a nuance of that skill. We agree to let this character be English, like me. However, I am doing a fun accent in one scene. Tim [Hutton] and I ... read more

Gina Bellman, Leverage: "The Nigerian Job"

My plane arrives in Chicago at 10 o'clock at night. My driver tells me the director/producer Dean Devlin would like me to stop by the set. Tired, nervous and excited, I am led by a PA through a dark, deserted office building, passing crewmembers and stepping over equipment and cables. I am led towards "video village," the name of the area on a film set where the video monitors are situated, where the director, writer, director of photography and script supervisor watch the action on screen. Suddenly, out of nowhere, I am lifted off my feet ... read more

Gina Bellman, TNT's Leverage: Getting the Job

Gina Bellman is grifter Sophie Devereaux on TNT's Leverage, premiering Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10 pm.

It's September 07 and I've just been told that I've landed the much-coveted role of Sophie Devereaux in the new TNT drama, Leverage [premiering Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10 pm/ET]. I am beyond excited, having waited so long for an American part that I like this much and which excites me enough to want to sign up for a potential seven years. I call my friends and family who are just as thrilled, shrieking their congratulations down the phone.

After I've come down to earth, I make a strong cup of tea (I'm British after all), sit down and wonder whether I've informed my manager that my U.S. work visa expired a few months ago. All hell breaks loose ... read more

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