The Blacklist, wow! You’ve always been a working actress, but do you feel that your recognition boomed overnight with this role? How has life changed for you?
It has in a lot of ways, but to say I’m some overnight success—if that were true, it has been a long night.
I’ve worked really hard, just like most people who aren’t born into the nepotistic side of the industry. I had a hard time finding a toehold in the industry; it’s very impenetrable for the most part. I am not very social in Hollywood—I didn’t go out and schmooze people.
Interesting. I recently interviewed Jeremy Renner, who talked about the parallels between DC and Hollywood—the ambition, the lobbying.
There’s that same kind of hierarchical social atmosphere, and there is definitely always something that someone has that can benefit you, and it’s hard to put it out of your mind when socializing. That’s why I prefer to live in New York rather than Los Angeles. I don’t know that I will ever be able to successfully navigate the political side of my business.
So you like the East Coast?
I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m in the same time zone as my family now, and that’s a very important part of my life, and it has become even more important as life has become more demanding. Being successful is always much more enjoyable when you’re near family.
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