Megan Boone Reflects on The Blacklist's First Season and Her Hopes for Season 2
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.11.2014
"I didn't know this was possible on network TV."
TV Line recently interviewed Megan Boone, star of the NBC drama series The Blacklist. Boone talked about the show's upcoming season finale, the success of the show, and more. Below are some highlights.
Boone on what she liked about Liz Keen and the pilot script for the show: "I did read a lot of pilots, and The Blacklist was just hands down the best script going last year. It was so good that I decided to go in on it even though I kind of made up my mind not to do network TV, because I didn't know this was possible on network TV. But I think the show is setting sort of a new template for the 22-episode season, and I'm excited to be a part of that."
Boone on what she likes most about the character: "I love that she has a lion's heart, and feet made of clay, I kind of find it endearing that she is sometimes unable to assert the challenges, and sometimes unprepared for what's coming — and yet she tries to find answers and she tries to surmount the challenges. I think it's through her eyes that we see the series, and then Reddington is the colorful character that is very entertaining and keeps everyone on their toes."
Boone on the show's success: "I don't think that it really required a lot of preparation, because this whole experience has been very much about trusting my instincts and going with them. Anybody who goes into this business does it prepared to encounter a lot of different circumstances, and ideally this is one of them. I'm just glad that this is my circumstance right now, where The Blacklist has a lot of longevity."
Boone on if she thinks Liz is better for having met Red: "I do. I have my own set of ideas about life, and those ideas have to do with the fact that challenges are a good thing, and that truth is a very good thing, and had she not met Red, she would have lived her life in sort of state of denial, and misinformation. Ultimately, you can't really pick your circumstances in life. You just have to do with them the best you can, and that's what makes her a good protagonist. She takes all the cards she's dealt and plays the best hand she can."
Her favorite moment for the first season: "When Red built the music box for me and played the song [in Episode 17, "Ivan"], after which she found out that Tom was a bad guy. That was a moment for the series that was really lovely, but it was a moment for me on set when I discovered that I was really efficient at doing this job of television, which can be just a machine, making 22 episodes a year. I went in there, I did that scene in two takes and felt really good about the work that I put out there, and it made me realize that I'd really found my footing in this new realm of my career."
Boone on what she hopes for season 2 to explore with Liz: "I'm excited to see her go a little darker. In one sense, this could be a story of redemption — me bringing Red into the light for all his crimes throughout his life. And on the other hand, it could be about bringing Liz a little bit into the darkness. The audience has enjoyed watching Liz be very tough, they've enjoyed watching her outsmart people, and I hope that there is more of that in the coming episodes."