HBO’s Watchmen left viewers hanging as Episode 5 of its debut season saw Regina King’s Angela Abar down grandfather Will Reeves’ (Louis Gossett Jr.) Nostalgia pills, against acting Tulsa Police Department head and FBI Agent Laurie Blake’s (Jean Smart) wishes. The revealing installment made some things clearer while others got even more perplexing.

Below, Smart is clearing some things up for us while teasing others. Plus, she’s revealing what it’s really like to film those back-and-forth scenes with costar Tim Blake Nelson.

Laurie is such a fantastic character. How much of her is your own interpretation or creation and how much is part of Damon Lindelof’s vision and the source material’s?

Jean Smart: Oh, it’s such a combination of the three, it would be hard-pressed to separate them. But I’m very pleased that Damon – who is an aficionado of the source material – was very pleased with what I did. I feel like most of it was right there on the page, and to me at least, I knew exactly what I wanted to go with her after reading that first episode. Because there was so much in that introductory, I was so grateful to that.

There’s only one other character I’ve ever played where the introduction was that amazing and told us so much about them. The fact that you just got to see so many sides of her in one hour, for an actor, it was just kind of an extraordinary gift.

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November 16, 2019 Leave a Reply Interviews, Videos

Take a look at a glimpse video interview of Jean Smart at Seth Meyers show promoting Watchmen.




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The gallery has been updated with HQ photos of Jean Smart visiting Seth Meyers and People Now as part of the promotion of Watchmen. Take a look and enjoy!





Right out of the gate, HBO’s Watchmen TV series proved itself to be an equally bizarre but wholly distinguishable beast from Alan Moore’s groundbreaking graphic novel and Zack Snyder’s movie. Still, homage was the name of the game in the third episode, which introduced Jean Smart as an older version of Laurie Blake/Silk Spectre II, who’s moved past her vigilante days and is now, in fact, leading the FBI’s anti-vigilante task force. Watching Smart go toe-to-toe with Tim Blake Nelson‘s Looking Glass and Regina King‘s Angela Abar/Sister Night provided some real kicks for viewers, and the cagey Laurie-Angela showdown continued with this week’s episode.

From Frasier to Fargo, the Designing Women actress’ career has gone to many wild places and now landed in the superhero realm, and to an even more surreal place than Legion a few years ago. Smart was gracious enough to sit down with us to discuss Laurie Blake’s hangups, which (and you knew this was coming) just happen to include Doctor Manhattan. And, yes, we discussed that big, blue sex toy, her extensive Watchmen monologuing, and where Laurie will go from here.

You’ve really been pushing into new career frontiers over the past five years. FargoLegion, and it’s unfair for me to throw in Dirty John, but I’m gonna do it anyway. And now Watchmen. Which of these roles seems like the biggest “I’ve never done this before” move?

Oh gosh. I’d have to tie Watchmen and Fargo for that. I’ve probably played similar roles in the past in the theater but not on camera. I’ve played a lot of iconic villainesses in the theater. Not that these women are villainesses, but like Clytemnestra and strong women who are in extraordinary circumstances.

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