FBI Agent Laurie Blake has a pretty rocky ride through the last few episodes of Watchmen. She learns that Doctor Manhattan, the big blue ex she has secretly been pining for, has married someone else. She watches him get captured by white supremacists. And then she discovers that her old colleague turned genius mass murderer, Adrian Veidt, is still alive. Luckily, Jean Smart, the actor who brought her special zing to Laurie, is still laughing about it all. A few days after the Watchmen finale aired, Smart, who has had an especially great run of roles throughout the Peak TV era, caught up with Vulture over the phone to discuss how “pissed off” she was when she discovered Angela had stolen her man, her upcoming role on another HBO series, and her many, many ideas for Watchmen spinoffs.
What was your reaction when you learned that Angela’s husband is actually Doctor Manhattan, the character Laurie was secretly pining for?
I was so pissed off! [Laughs] I found out when I got the script. Nobody told me. She stole my man! I didn’t see that one coming at all. It’s true! I mean, they always had me talking about how hot Cal was.
In the finale, when Laurie herself learns about Doctor Manhattan’s marriage, what did you think was going through her mind?
The whole thing was just overwhelming. She was devastated at seeing him again, but with it happening under such horrible circumstances, she knew it was just going to be awful. It just would be so bizarre to know that was someone [who] was so much a part of you at the same time it was someone you recognized as Angela’s husband.
What was it like shooting the scenes in which you, Tim Blake Nelson, and Jeremy Irons get zapped off to Antarctica? It’s a delightful crew of characters.
They’re so incredibly talented, and they’re just really, really fun to work with. Then, of course, Laurie has another blast from the past when she sees Archie, the Owlship, and you wonder if Dan [Dreiberg, Laurie’s love interest in the Watchmen comic] is going to show up! But no, that wasn’t to be.
Read the full article/interview in our press library.
Watchmen: 1×09 “See How They Fly” Stills & Screencaptures
December 17, 2019
Watchmen: 1×07 “An Almost Religious Awe” Still & Caps
December 2, 2019
Watchmen HQ Episodic Stills Update
December 1, 2019