Joan Allen best known for playing heroines in The Contender, The Crucible and Face/Off jumped at the chance to go bad in the TNT miniseries The Mists of Avalon (which concludes tonight at 8 pm/ET).
"It really appealed to me when I found out they offered me the role [of Morgause]," the 44-year-old three-time Oscar nominee tells TV Guide Online. "My agent said, 'It's a villain,' and I said, 'Send me the script! Send me the script!'"
In the two-part epic, which is based on Marion Zimmer Bradley's retelling of the Arthurian legend, Morgause lies and schemes her way to power. Co-star Anjelica Huston Morgause's rival and sister, Viviane was taken aback by Allen's dark turn. "Let me tell you, when she's flying down the stairs at you with a dagger in her hand, it's daunting," she recalls of Mists's climactic scene. "I think she was really superb in this and gleeful. You could tell how much fun she was having with it."