The gallery has been updated with HQ stills and HD screencaptures of Jean Smart from last episode of “Watchmen”. Take a look and enjoy them!

Jean Smart knew nothing about “Watchmen,” the groundbreaking comic book saga about a ragged band of costumed superheroes, when she was approached about joining the cast of HBO’s reboot of the popular franchise.

But the more Smart learned about the cynical, no-nonsense FBI Special Agent Laurie Blake, who brings a dose of hardened reality to the fantastic “Watchmen” world, the more she was intrigued. “I thought, ‘I have to play this woman,’” she recalled.

Still, Smart was compelled to ask “Watchmen” creator Damon Lindelof about one eyebrow-raising moment in a hotel room, in which Blake opens a silver case and removes a large, shiny cylindrical object.

“I said to Damon, ‘OK, we have to talk about the blue elephant in the room,’” Smart said with a loud laugh.

Viewers watching the third installment of “Watchmen” may also raise their eyebrows during the brief scene, musing, “Is that what I think it is?” The revelation that Blake is the former wife of Dr. Manhattan, the genetically transformed, blue-skinned nuclear physicist who resides on another planet, provides a clue. Future episodes will reveal more about Blake’s past and her connection with characters from the original “Watchmen.”

“When he said, ‘Don’t worry,’ I just said, ‘OK,’ ” she said, continuing to laugh while calling in from Philadelphia, where she is filming an HBO limited series,”Mare of Easttown,” with Kate Winslet.

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When we first encounter Laurie Blake in HBO’s “Watchmen,” she’s sticking up a bank to trick a masked vigilante into showing up so she, along with the other undercover FBI agents around her, can arrest him for violating the Keene Act. The law, which has existed in the fictional universe since 1977, banned costumed crime-fighting, forcing the crusaders into retirement or government-sanctioned work.

It’s a striking way to introduce Laurie, who, as fans of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s “Watchmen” will note, was once a costumed crime-fighter herself. Written and set in the mid-1980s, the graphic novel spends quite a bit of time with Laurie Juspeczyk, a.k.a. Silk Spectre, the daughter of two original Minutemen members: Sally Jupiter, a stage mother who passed on the Silk Spectre mantle to her daughter, and Edward Blake, a.k.a. the Comedian, a roguish man whose murder sets the plot in motion.

After series creator Damon Lindelof offered veteran actress Jean Smart the role of Laurie, one of the most prominent characters to cross over from the comic, she received a crash course in “Watchmen” history. But the show would take place in the modern day, roughly 35 years after the events of the comic, meaning she’d be allowed a certain amount of freedom in playing the character.

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Ohhh I’m in love to Laurie Blake. She gave a twist to an already great show. Take a look in the gallery for HQ stills and HD screencaptures from Jean Smart first appearance to Watchmen.

Emmy Award-winner Jean Smart has embodied some memorable television characters over the past three and a half decades, from office manager Charlene Frazier-Stillfield (“Designing Women”) and former high school flame Lana Gardner (“Frasier”), to first lady Martha Logan (“24”) and family matriarch Floyd Gerhardt (“Fargo”). Her latest small-screen role is sure to follow in those footsteps: In HBO’s “Watchmen,” she plays the formidable FBI agent Laurie Blake, who happens to have a mysterious superhero past.

How did you most connect with Laurie when initially reading the “Watchmen” script?

When I first read the script I just loved it and loved the role and when I spoke to Damon [Lindelof, the creator] I was worried he was going to say that he didn’t want her to be all that funny but I found her very funny and was hoping he agreed. And he did; he said, “She’s got to be funny.” So I was relieved that we were on the same page about that. I suppose I have a similar sense of humor to Laurie. I’ve always, even as a kid, used humor to sort of deflect from uncomfortable situations and things, so it was something that I felt fairly comfortable with.

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With HBO‘s “remix” of/pseudo-sequel to Alan Moore and David Gibbons‘ celebrated comic book series Watchmen having had its world premiere at this year’s New York Comic Con (NYCC2019 and time “tick-tocking” away until its October 20th premierewe’re rolling on with “Watchmen Week” with more insight on the series.

Today, Jean Smart (Agent Blake) and Tim Blake Nelson (Det. Looking Glass) share their thoughts on fans’ initial reactions to the series and how Damon Lindelof’s “remix” elevates the comics’ themes to a modern – and broader – level.

First, a little background: Bleeding Cool was invited to take part in a media day of roundtable interviews with members of the cast and series creators prior to the NYCC madness.

Over the course of the day, we had the opportunity to speak with series creator Damon Lindelof, executive producer/director Nicole Kassell, and cast members Regina KingJeremy Irons, Tim Blake Nelson, Jean Smart, Hong Chau, Louis Gossett Jr., and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – we’ll be sharing audio from our sessions all throughout the week.

We kicked off things on Monday with some thoughts from Lindelof, continued on into Tuesday with some time with Kassell and King, and had Irons offer his perspective on Wednesday – all leading up to our review of the series premiere, which drops this weekend.

All we can tell you is this: we’ve seen it. Twice. We have some thoughts…

Today, Smart and Nelson discuss whether the initial debate and pushback over the series when it was first announced had any impact on set. From there, the conversation turns to the importance of Lindelof’s series being “devisive” and how that cements the project’s connection to Moore and Gibbons’ original work: