BWW Interview - Emily Deschanel Opens Up About BONES, Booth, & More
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Emily Deschanel has become one of television's most recognizable faces in recent years, starring as Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan on FOX's long-running series BONES.
The poised & talented actress has many big-screen credits to her name as well, including THE PERFECT FAMILY, MY SISTER's KEEPER, Jerry Bruckheimer's GLORY ROAD, COLD MOUNTAIN, SPIDER-MAN 2, and more.
On television, aside from her iconic role, she has appeared on CROSSING JORDAN, PROVIDENCE, LAW & ORDER: SVU, and the Stephen King miniseries, ROSE RED.
In anticipation of tomorrow's episode, in which some emotional and startling events occur, Deschanel sat down with reporters to discuss her character's upcoming revelations, relationship with Special Agent Steeley Booth (David Boreanez), and what it's like sharing a network with her sister, Zooey Deschanel of NEW GIRL.
Also, take note: there are most definitely Bones spoilers ahead.
Hi, Emily. Thanks so much for talking to us today. Can you maybe talk about some of how the changes Bones will change over the season after this episode?
ED: Yes. I think that after watching the episode, I think that viewers will have a better idea of why Brennan behaves in the way that she does, is kind of hyper rational and has cut off her emotions in many ways, even though she's over the last few years opened up after knowing Booth. As the season goes on it's kind of a subtle change. It's not like it's dealt with when people are discussing it or something right afterwards, but I think it will be addressed in later episodes this season. It is a more subtle change. I think that Brennan feels like the way she's behaved as-it's shined a light on her behavior and maybe encourages her to change a bit.
Do you ever get grossed out by any of the bodies and everything on the show?
ED: Yes. I mean not as much as I should at this point. I've become a bit desensitized honestly, but yes, I do get grossed out for sure by things. I'm trying to think of the last one- I mean the one we're working on right now is a burnt one, which is gross, but it's not icky, gooey or something, but once you start thinking about how someone dies by being burned; that's kind of horrible. So, you don't let yourself think about it too much. I guess that's why Brennan behaves the way she does in some ways.
Obviously you've been playing Brennan for eight seasons, so what kind of difference does it make to finally have this insight into the relationship with her mother (in the upcoming episode) - because in the past you've only gotten little bits and pieces?
ED: Yes. It's an interesting thing to do a series for this long and to play a character that things are revealed at eight years in. I felt like it was in line with things that I had in mind, and it didn't contradict anything that I had kind of imagined for her past, just for myself. When playing the character, I like to build a past for the character and kind of decide why she behaves the way she does, what her experiences are and things that can remind her of things from her childhood, etc. etc.
This doesn't contradict anything, but it's certainly new information to me, and I really enjoyed doing the episode because it shed light on Brennan and her past. I also really enjoyed having the interaction with her mother. You know, what other kind of episode can you have interaction with somebody who is dead, and that's always been kind of a huge missing piece for Brennan; was her mother being gone and being able to talk to her mother about how she Disappeared before she died and all of that.
Brooke Langton, who plays my mother in this episode, did such a great job, and I really enjoyed working with her. She's just very inventive as an actor, very giving, and it was a really good experience working together. It felt right to have her play my mother, and I really enjoyed that.
Do you think that there's a chance that Booth and Brennan will ever get married? I think there was a scene that I'm remembering where Booth can't take confession because he's living in sin.
Could this experience maybe change her into thinking that she needs to get married for him?
ED: Yes, I think something like this always makes you kind of question all-or not question, but look at every situation in your life and think is this how I want it to be, and I think we are moving towards some kind of answers on that. We do discuss it in an episode that we're about to shoot next week; there's not necessarily a resolution, but it is discussed again. I think if you remember-Booth is not going to ask Brennan to marry her again. He's already said it. He said, "You have to ask me."