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Gina Bellman, Leverage: "The 12 Step Job"

"The 12 Step Job" was the last episode we shot before the season finale.* We were all feeling a little bit sentimental and nostalgic. We knew that on the finale we were going to be pumped up about working with Dean Devlin and John Rogers again, and celebrating the long journey we'd been on together, so in some ways this episode was the lull before the storm.

We had a great guest star to cheer us all up. Drew Powell is a funny and talented actor who we all really clicked with. In fact, Drew and Beth [Riesgraf] were already pals and it turned out that Drew and I ... read more

Gina Bellman, Leverage: "The Snow Job"

Hi to all of you watching Leverage and checking out this blog. Your comments mean a lot to me. I've been back in London for several weeks now so have been unable to see the episodes airing and have not been getting the usual feedback from friends or people I meet. I keep thinking an American tourist might recognize me and say, "Are you Sophie Deveraux?" but it hasn't happened yet!!

"Snow Job" was shot in the height of the summer in ... read more

Gina Bellman, Leverage: "The Mile-High Job"

Most of this episode of Leverage takes place in an airplane. Tim [Hutton] and I get to sit in the First Class section of the set, which is a big relief, because when filming in a confined space, you want to be as comfortable as possible. We're using a real interior of a plane constructed in the studio. Some shots require the cabin doors to be closed so it's a bit like sitting on a 12-hour flight day after day with the added stress of squeezing past equipment and stepping over cables with hot, bright lights burning into you.

There are a lot of extras playing passengers and crew. Most of the women, including Beth [Riesgraf] and I, are wearing fluffy slippers ... read more

Gina Bellman, Leverage: "The Wedding Job"

This episode is a more comedic script than the rest of the shows. Everyone has a fun character to play and some great one-liners. Tim [Hutton] gets to dress up as a priest, which Beth [Riesgraf] and I both agree makes him seem strangely attractive. We're filming in a really over the top house. It makes me wonder how a location scout pitches for a 'mafia style, vulgar, nouveau riche house' without offending anyone?  This is, after all, somebody's home, albeit someone who has an upholstered leopard skin mini-chaise for his dog.

I had a little car crash on the way to work. Someone was ... read more

Gina Bellman, Leverage: "The Stork Job"

Beth Riesgraf in "The Stork Job."

I love the script for "The Stork Job." It's a big emotional episode for Beth [Riesgraf], but there's really cool stuff for all of us to do. Comedy, big action sequences, car chases, and a massive explosion. The explosion was set up at the San Pedro docks. I was hanging out in Tim [Hutton]'s trailer when someone came over and said. 'They're about to set off the explosion. Do you want to go watch?' Tim had to talk me into it. We got there just in time to slip into the video tent and slide in beside the director. The explosion was huge with ... read more

Gina Bellman, Leverage: "The Bank Shot Job"

One of the things you have to get used to, working on a TV show, is filming out of sync. Although this episode airs [several weeks into the season], it was actually the first one that we shot. One of the things you have to be acutely aware of when shooting episodes out of order is your character's relationship with the other characters. Luckily, in this episode it's not too relevant since we don't relate to each other much. The characters are almost exclusively focused on the "job."

The action in "The Bank Shot Job" takes place in one day, mostly in and around one location: the bank. The benefits of this ... read more

Gina Bellman, Leverage: "The Miracle Job"

The Leverage crew hail their billboard.

Thank you for all your comments. I'm so excited that people are tuning in and loving the show. Last week, the five of us were all in L.A. for one night. We met up at Tim [Hutton]'s hotel and had a great evening catching up and celebrating the premiere's success. After midnight and a few glasses of wine, we all climbed up onto the scaffolding of our billboard on Sunset Boulevard and had a passerby take this photo of us. Now you can see that we really are goofballs ... read more

Gina Bellman, Leverage: "The Two-Horse Job"

I've now learned that the most stressful day of filming a TV series is the first day of a new episode. You haven't quite banked the one you just wrapped and are wondering, "Did I do that right?" "Could I have done that better?" You're not familiar enough with the new script to feel confident and absorbed in it yet, and you've heard enough murmurings about the next one to be absolutely terrified. So on the first day of a new episode you've got three scripts in your head, which in my case also means an average of five or six accents.

I opened the script for "The Two-Horse Job" with trepidation. I knew that I was going to have to ... read more

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

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