ANNIE WERSCHING – A STAR ON THE RISE

On Runaways, Annie Wersching is a star on the rise. Here Resident Magazine speaks to this talented and spirited actress about what it was like to play Kiefer Sutherland’s love interest on 24, her current projects, and how she balances a successful career and a family life in Hollywood. This March be sure to catch Annie in the second season premiere of Timeless on NBC.

 

RM: What are some of your current projects?
We just finished the Marvel series Runaways which is airing now, we are seven episodes in out of ten. I’m currently working on season 2 of NBC’s TV show Timeless and then more time traveling after the holidays.

 

Runaways is a reimagining of what we are used to seeing in Marvel’s shows. It has a younger audience with a young kid drama but still retains the superhero action of Marvel with a great dynamic between the children and parents, so it’s fun to be starring in a new version of a Marvel show. I play Leslie Dean who dresses all in white and is head of a really powerful church in Los Angeles, a little like Scientology but different. She’s got a lot going on with her daughter Karolina but she’s also the leader of Pride and now she’s trying to balance Jonah and Frank in her life with Frank finding out about her relationship with Jonah. She’s also the only one who can hold the group together so she has to work on a few relationships within Pride, but she’s very good at that.

 

Timeless is exciting because we got canceled and then 3 days later we got picked up again. My character Emma is more involved than last year but is definitely a bad guy. I’m excited to see her character fleshed out and to see it finally air. Emma Whitmore is a very mysterious character, and I’m as much in the dark until the scripts come out. I have heard that she is going to have a backstory episode to see a little more about her past before they found her in the 1800s so we will get to go back to that time period she made an appearance from in season 1. She thinks things are supposed to be done a certain way and she does not approve of Lucy being in the picture and doesn’t trust her. She’s stirring up trouble.

 

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The first promo stills with Annie as Emma Whitmore are here! Check this out!


Can’t wait to see Timeless! Can’t wait to see what Emma is up to this season!





Yes yes yes, I wanted to create a video for the show. I’ve been thinking to myself for a while on what kind of video I could do with this song and over time it got me thinking, I want to do one with her characters. Never had I imagined it would be a video with Leslie as my original plan was to do Renee / Emma / Lily. I may still do it because here’s the fun part. The song also has a slow version which they usually perform live on stage which would fit with the characters as well.

Save myself for me is an old old song from way back when. It’s because the song has this, special place within my heart. It’s about many things in one simple song and I knew it would fit perfectly with Leslie as a character.

The video does contain spoilers of Marvel’s Runaways.


And I guess Annie liked it..

 



 



ANNIE WERSCHING

Interviewed & Edited by: Jaimee Jakobczak, IG @ThisIsJaimee

American actress Annie Wersching is best known as FBI special agent Renee Walker in the 24 series but she’s no stranger to the small or big screen, having also played in everything from Castle to General Hospitaland The Vampire Diaries. VULKAN caught up with Annie to talk about her upcoming Marvel series Runaways and her role in Timeless.

“Runaways” tells the story of a group of teens who find out their parents are super villains in disguise. Can you tell us a bit about who Leslie Dean is? Leslie Dean is a very powerful and charismatic leader of the Church of Gibborim; a sleek, highly efficient and hypermodern celebrity church based in Los Angeles. Leslie’s life revolves around the church and she is responsible for saving and enlightening a tremendous amount of people over the years. She helps parishioners reach their fullest potential and does a lot of good in the community…however her idea of “good” may not exactly line up with our Runaways idea of good. 🙂

Who is your favourite super villain of all time?
I think the best kind of villain is one that you feel for even when you know you shouldn’t. Heath Ledger’s Joker comes to mind…but there’re so many good ones!

If you were one yourself, what kind of lair or secret hideaway would you have? Or would you prefer to be hidden in plain sight like the Runaways teens parents?
Although a secret lair would be fun, there’s nothing creepier than a villain right amongst you…

What other Marvel series would you be interested in getting involved in? All of them? Anything with the word Marvel in it…sign me up!

In “Timeless”, people utilize time travel to fight crime and protect the world as we know it. What period of time would you travel to given the opportunity?
1920’s Paris would be amazing. And we actually went there in an episode! I would also love to go back to the 60’s and get a sneak peek of my parents when they first met and their courting days…how great would that be to see!

What event would you want to try to change the outcome of? Would it be for the better of the world (ending a war) or personal gain? (saving an ill family member, or, more greedily, winning the lottery.)
I’d like to believe I’d have a bigger scope but nope …selfishly it’d be hard not to go back to times where family members were sick….to save My mom. My dad. My grandparents…all of ’em!

Who is Emma Whitmore and how does she fit into the mix?
Emma Whitmore is quite a mystery! I’d like to say I know everything about her story, but I’ll be learning right along with the audience in Season 2! At first glance she appears to be a time traveling pilot who’s hidden herself in the past for a decade in order to hide from big bad evil Rittenhouse. Cut to the finale and we discover that she actually works for the Big R and she steals the mothership! Say what?! We have much to learn about Ms. Emma!

What was the most challenging part of this role?
The most challenging part is simply the unknown. Not fully knowing Emma’s true intentions makes it a little harder to fully develop her…but I like a challenge! And that mystery only adds to her intrigue.

Do you think, if we had this sort of technology, we should use it to try and alter past events, or is it more important to let the world carry on as it is and learning from our past mistakes?
Oh man. ARE we learning from our past mistakes? I can certainly think of a few major things I wouldn’t say no to changing.

Earlier this year we also saw you in the Lifetime movie “The Other Mother” where you played Jackie. How do you think you would deal with another woman imposing herself on your family, particularly your daughter/son? Well, if she was a murderous lunatic like the new woman in “The Other Mother,” I’d certainly have to go all Renee Walker on her ass! Mama Bear would be in full effect!

In what ways would you say you are similar to Jackie?
I connect to Jackie in all the ways I think most mothers do. I’m protective like she is. I certainly have faults just like she does, but at the end of the day I’d do anything for my boys. Anything! Even tackle a crazy woman with a tire iron… 🙂

You’ve played such a wide variety of roles in your career thus far. Do you have a favourite, one that stands out amongst all the others?
It’s hard not to choose Renee Walker from “24” because I played her the longest and I learned so much… I have a soft spot for her 🙂

On that same note, what is one series that you would’ve liked to dive into your character a little further?
I would’ve loved to delve more into the world of the psychotic plastic surgeon, Dr. Kelly Nieman, I played on “Castle.” What a trip that chick was! There certainly was much more of her story to be told.

You’ve worked with Kiefer Sutherland a few times now (“24” and “Touch”), what has been one thing you’ve learned with working with him?
Hard work. He applies himself 100% to his role and that was a wonderful thing to watch and learn. He plays hard, but works even harder.

What would you say is the best thing to call Kiefer Sutherland for. Busted tire? Lost pet? A lighthearted joke to pick yourself up?
Oh that answer most certainly is for a drink!

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Transcript:

Regardless of how familiar I might be with an actor’s work, it’s always important to do my due diligence. It didn’t matter that I watched Annie Wersching on MARVEL’S RUNAWAYS as Leslie Dean or on Fox’s 24 as Renee Walker. In preparation for today’s podcast, I found myself perusing Annie Wersching’s IMDB page, second cup of coffee in hand. Not even minutes in, my jaw dropped to my chest in awe.

Annie’s IMDB represents more than just her body of work written onto a single webpage. Her multiple credits per year (in just about every show ever on network television) for the last fifteen years speak to her constitution. Annie hustles. As a mother of two young children successfully navigating (and winning) one of the most competitive industries the planet has ever known, one can’t help but respect her enormous and diverse body of work.

Annie Wersching

As a child, Annie studied musical theatre and planned to move to the Big Apple to take Broadway by storm. She took a little detour through Hollywood and ended up casually conquering it like a modern, female Alexander the Great who just happened to gaze their eyes on a new kingdom they wanted on the way to owning the world. Annie’s role on Fox’s 24 as rogue FBI agent Renee Walker made her a household name and created a character so badass, they gave Jack Bauer a run for his money.

Truth be told, Renee Walker couldn’t hold a candle to Annie Wersching if she tried. Annie’s work ethic and commitment to her art are nothing short of inspirational. Now, Ms. Wersching has brought her brand of badassery to MARVEL’S RUNAWAYS portraying the role of Leslie Dean, and she looks fabulous in all white while doing it!

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