Sure, Taye Diggs' Detective Brett Hopper is trapped reliving the same, dreadful day over and over on ABC's Day Break (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET), but at least the dude gets to wake up at 6:18 am each morning to his lady love Rita, played by Moon Bloodgood. TVGuide.com spent a few minutes — over the phone, alas — getting to know the exotic beauty better.
TVGuide.com: You, Miss Bloodgood, have the best pajamas on television.
Moon Bloodgood: I'm so glad you like them! I actually joke with the camera guys, "Are you shooting my butt? Are you getting me full-length? Because I don't like my butt." I'm that girl. And they're like, "Moon.... " [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: How many sets of those jammies have you gone through this season?
Bloodgood: Probably, like, three. And I've probably worn them... I don't know, I stopped counting! [Laughs] It's a cute outfit, but like any girl, you're like, "Um, can we change the color?"
TVGuide.com: So you get the script for the pilot and see that you die in the first episode....
Bloodgood: I loved that. I love thriller shows, horror films.... I will watch those before I watch romantic comedies, so that appealed to me when I read Day Break. The death scene was so fun to shoot. I think I did it in, like, two takes. The best death scene to me, though, is Vicky Pratt's, when [Hopper's partner] Andrea gets shot. She's texting me right now, how coincidental....
TVGuide.com: One concern regarding those of you on the show who are not Taye Diggs is that your characters don't have the same chance to "grow." As an actress, how do you reconcile with that fact? Or do you disagree with it?
Bloodgood: I would disagree with it. There are certain things that I can't give away here, but I think that when people watch the show and it plays out, they will see how every character has an arc, has a story to be told and has a secret. From the outside, yes, Taye is obviously the most developed character, but all of the characters have secrets and things that come out. It's just a matter of time.
TVGuide.com: Yeah, I think it's in the second or third hour that we see your character get a mysterious cell-phone call....
Bloodgood: Right, and those are all things that are planted, foreshadowing things to come. People will watch and go, "OK, does that mean something, or does it not?" That to me is the fun of it. "Why did she give him that look?" You will see, eventually, how it all plays out.
TVGuide.com: I like how the tiniest decision Hopper makes has ripple effects. In one instance, Rita and her ex [Adam Baldwin] are rather acrimonious, but depending on what Hopper does the next time, they might wind up chummy.
Bloodgood: Yes, and I think that's interesting. I was attracted to this project because a part of me loves the idea that you have control over your own fate — that walking through that door, or going down that street, or saying that one thing to a person, could alter your life. Things that Hopper does affect people, and can eventually change them. I don't even know if we can even say that.... We have to be careful about what we say. But I loved that movie Sliding Doors, with Gwyneth Paltrow, that there is no such thing as coincidence. I have the power to change my life. If things aren't going the right way, I can make another choice and alter my life whether it's with an attitude or by the way that I think....
TVGuide.com: Everyone bemoans the continuity demands on the cast members of 24, but you have to, like, wake up with your hair the exact same length every single "day."
Bloodgood: Yeah, and it drives me a little crazy. We have to make sure my highlights are right, my length is right.... Poor Paula and Trish, the script supervisors who do our continuity, have so many things to think about that a normal show doesn't have to think about. I don't think it bothers us, because we're so early into this, but I know, because my guy [boyfriend Eric Balfour] is on 24, how it can be. If I get to change my outfit, I get really excited!
TVGuide.com: For all we know, Hopper made a decision that finds Rita at a formal gala that "night."
Bloodgood: Or, it changes my attitude and I want to wear something different. If you had to relive the same day, who knows if you would wear the same thing every time? Would your feelings be the same way?
TVGuide.com: Are you done with production on this season's 13 episodes?
Bloodgood: Nope, we have about three weeks left.
TVGuide.com: Has Rita "died" any more since the pilot?
Bloodgood: I don't know what I can tell you.... I don't have a rule book on what I'm supposed to say and not say. Let's just say, "We keep it interesting" — how about that?
TVGuide.com: Who is better behaved at the end of a long arduous shooting day: Taye Diggs or the sled dogs from Eight Below?
Bloodgood: Taye Diggs. Taye Diggs is, no joke, a pro.
TVGuide.com: He does seem like one of the nicest guys.
Bloodgood: That is so what everybody says, and yes, he is. This guy works crazy, crazy hours, and he is so... here is how I would describe him: classy, thoughtful, even-keeled, laid-back and extremely funny. One of my most favorite people to work with.
TVGuide.com: Prior to Day Break, which acting gig of yours was most satisfying?
Bloodgood: I only started almost three years ago, and acting is still a new thing for me — I always wanted to be a singer-songwriter, and I was a professional dancer, and I modeled to get the bills paid, and acting was my last thing I would do — so when I got Eight Below, that was a great experience. And I did a small independent [Moonlight Serenade] with Amy Adams.... I would honestly say that I don't know that I'm at a place where I could say that I have a "body of work." I'm still growing as an actor, and I have a lot to prove, but out of everything I've done, I like my performance in Day Break the best. I'm a "work in progress," that's what I like to say. I did, though, just shoot a movie called Pathfinder.
TVGuide.com: What's that about?
Bloodgood: It takes place a couple of hundred years before Christopher Columbus arrives, and it's about the Vikings versus the Native Americans. It's the same director as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre — Marcus Nispel — and while it's not a fantasy movie, it is very epic. I can also tell you that you will not recognize me as the same person from Day Break. I look so completely different. My hair is black, I'm really dark in it....
TVGuide.com: And you're not wearing Rita's cute l'il pajamas.
Bloodgood: I wouldn't even call what she wears pajamas. I would say they're... what's the word? Not lingerie....
TVGuide.com: "Lounge wear"?
Bloodgood: Lounge wear. They're borderline lingerie, but lounge wear works, too.
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