Most of us love watching those Red Carpet interviews on E!, but imagine not only being on the red carpet, but having the unique opportunity to interview some of the hottest stars in Hollywood. Such is the life for our resident Hollywood Movies Guide Rebecca Murray. While on the red carpet for the premiere of Stranger Than Fiction, Rebecca had a chance to catch-up with Marisol Nichols, who will appear in season six of Fox's 24 as Nadia, whose character will take on the bad guys as second in command over at CTU. 24, which has been filming since August, is set to premiere on January 14, 2007.
Q: How tough is it for you to keep a secret about whats going on?
Marisol: Really hard because people ask you questions and you cant say anything! I can say what I do; I can my character but thats it. You kind of have to keep it under wraps.
Q: Do you get people offering you bribes to tell them whats going on?
Marisol: I have friends that will not run lines with me because they dont want to know whats going to happen. Its to that degree.
Q: Why do you think the show has caught on so well with audiences?
Marisol: I think that it has subject matter that everyones dealing with as a nation. Even though it is TV, it gives us hope that theres somebody out there like Jack Bauer taking control. That everything is organized and that were going to see an end to it. So I think it really, really hits home. They were filming during 9/11, when that all hit. And this year is really, really poignant to what were dealing with as a nation.
Q: What are you allowed to say about your character?
Marisol: I can say that my characters name is Nadia and that Im second in command at CTU, so youll see me in CTU all the time. I play a Pakistani-American.
Q: Lets see, youre second-in-command at CTU so were supposed to think youre a good guy, right?
Marisol: Yes, and thats what I know so far.
Q: Do you know exactly how the season is plotted out or is it basically script to script (on a need to know basis)?
Marisol: No, its really one show at a time. We have no idea whats going to happen next and were all as actors getting our scripts going, Okay, what happens next? What happens next? I mean, there are scripts that Ive read where I go, Oh my god! We dont know whats going to happen.
Q: Theyre not afraid to kill off lead characters. Do you get the script and wonder if youre going to be one of those to go next?
Marisol: Actually, yes. I get the script and go, Oh, good. Im still in it. Im still alive. All is good.
Q: What is it like to work with Kiefer Sutherland?
Marisol: I actually havent physically worked with him because Im in CTU. But I can tell you that the cast is phenomenal. Mary Lynn [Rajskub] who plays Chloe is unbelievable and James Morrison
Weve got Eric Balfour and Carlo Rota, plus James Cromwell and Peter MacNicol and Regina King. I mean just some real powerhouse actors.
Q: Everyone seems to want to be on that show.
Marisol: (Laughing) We get a lot of visitors, huge names that come in like Ricky Gervais to do just little
just to be in the background, just to be in a scene. Its a really exciting show to be a part of.
Q: Were you a fan of the previous seasons of 24?
Marisol: Yeah, I loved 24. My friends freaked out. I mean freaked out! My family, they were over the moon that it was 24.
Q: What else are you working on?
Marisol: I have a new movie coming out from Lionsgate called Delta Farce. Thatll be out in May with Larry the Cable Guy. Completely opposite of 24. Comedy, spoof
Q: Do you enjoy that as a break from doing 24?
Marisol: Yes. Actually every hiatus Ive had from a drama Ive done these silly, silly comedies. Theyre easy and theyre fun, and theyre just a different thing to play around with.