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  NEW MEDIA STRATEGIES : Piper Perabo Q&A Session
  July 8, 2010/3:30 p.m. EDT

Piper Perabo – Annie Walker, Covert Affairs


Moderator            Our first question comes from the line of Lisa Steinberg from Starry

                     Constellation Magazine.

L. Steinberg         How important are social networking and online sites for the show


P. Perabo            Well, that may be a better question for the studio. Chris Gorham is

                     Twittering from set and while we’re working and we also have pages on

                     Facebook and our Web page. Doug Liman, our executive producer, has

                     been up and visiting so he writes about coming to the set and the action
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               sequences that he’s been doing with us. So we’re pretty active on the


L. Steinberg   There’s early buzz on the show that’s a little good, a little bad. But is

               there going to be a link to viewership based on that buzz?

P. Perabo      I don’t know. I hope so, but I don’t know. This is my first television

               show. I’ve never done press at the same time as we’re shooting, and in a

               way I think it’s really exciting because hopefully fans of the show can

               give us input and tell us how they’re feeling about the story and it can

               affect how we continue.

Moderator      Our next question comes from the line of Joshua Maloni from Niagara


J. Maloni      Obviously, you’ve been doing a lot of interviews lately and it seems that

               everyone’s favorite question to ask you is about Alias. I’m sure you’re

               kind of tired of talking about Alias at this point. I’m just wondering,

               personally I see a lot of differences between the two shows and I’m

               wondering, being lumped together with that show so frequently do you

               think that that’s something that’s going to help or hinder the show?
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P. Perabo   When I first got working on the show and I was speaking to actor friends

            of mine about what the show was about and how I was going to create the

            character, people said, ―You should watch Alias.‖ I had never watched the

            show, don’t ask me how I missed it, so I got the pilot and I watched the

            pilot and I thought it was genius. I didn’t really want to watch anymore

            because I don’t want to in any way imitate what Jennifer was doing and I

            want to make sure that Annie is her own woman and dealing with her own

            world. But I thought that what I saw of the work on that pilot was really

            exciting and the fight sequences were really dynamic and she was just a

            really powerful, smart, intuitive woman who can make decisions on the

            fly, she’s brave, and she’s still a real person. I think those parallels can be

            drawn to Annie.

            I think in our show, though, you see a lot more of the real life of a spy,

            what kind of car you drive and what it’s like when you get home at night

            after you’ve just been chasing an assassin all day. So in that way I think

            we are really different. I think that if people come and watch our show

            because they like Alias, then that’s great, but I think they’re going to get to

            see a much bigger world than they saw and so hopefully they’ll keep

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J. Maloni    You said that this is your first foray into series television. If it was a

             movie I’m sure there would be a premiere, but with this being a television

             show what sort of exciting plans do you have for the premiere night?

P. Perabo    The premiere night, I’m going to be shooting actually. We’re trying to

             work out this—I don’t know if I’m telling you secrets that I shouldn’t be

             telling you. That’s another thing I don’t know about television, I don’t

             know how to keep a secret. But there’s a really intense action chase that

             we’re going to be shooting on Tuesday night in Canada, so I won’t be

             watching it. But I have two brothers, and they are having a party for the

             premiere where everyone has to come as spies in trench coats and

             sunglasses. So, they’re representing the premiere party aspect for me.

Moderator    Our next question comes from the line of Rosa Cordero from


R. Cordero   My question, I actually posed it to the people on Twitter and the person

             who responded was your lovely co-star, Chris Gorham. He suggested that

             I ask you to tell us about your day at the CIA and how you took notes.
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P. Perabo    Oh, that’s interesting. Yes, Doug Liman, our executive producer, was in

             the middle of editing Fair Game when I got cast in the pilot, which is the

             story of Valerie Plame Wilson, so I knew he had contacts down at

             Langley. And I asked him if he could get me an introduction so that I

             could go there and see what it’s really like and talk to real people who do

             this for a living. So he did, and this sort of shows my naiveté, but I

             brought a notebook with me so I could take notes. I had a lot of questions

             that I wanted to ask.

             When I got there they told me, of course, you can’t bring a notebook into

             the CIA. … number one is … take notes in the secret agency. I said, ―Oh,

             okay when we get inside could I have some paper and a pen?‖ And the

             agent who was taking me around said, ―Sure, but you have to leave it

             inside when you leave.‖ Of course you can’t take notes out of the CIA

             either. I said, ―Well, how am I supposed to keep all this information?‖ He

             said, ―You have to be like a spy and remember it.‖ It was interesting that

             before I even got inside you can feel how tight and secret the whole world

             is. It was an amazing day. It started there and it was incredible.

R. Cordero   For my follow up question I want to know if you ever got your bedroom

             closet all fixed up, because they had those ugly slippers in there.
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P. Perabo   Oh my gosh, that’s so funny, because there’s a scene that’s coming up

            where someone ransacks my room, and I had a long meeting with

            wardrobe and set dec to make sure that all Annie’s fancy shoes and

            pinstripe suits and all that, I said, bloggers came in and looked at Annie’s

            closet and there’s a pair of ugly slippers and there was an exercise ball and

            a tablecloth in there. It didn’t make any sense. Set dec had just done

            something colorful in the … so we took it all out and now it’s very Sex in

            the City, her closet.

Moderator   Our next question comes from the line of Sheldon Wiebe from


S. Wiebe    What I’m wondering is how did the role of Annie Walker come to you?

            Doug Liman, when we were talking with him, he mentioned that he likes

            to tailor characters to the actors who play them, so I was wondering how

            Annie was tailored for you and what part you played in that process.

P. Perabo   The way that the role came to me was I was doing a Broadway play, I was

            doing Neil Labute’s new play, Reasons to be Pretty, and we were almost

            done with our run and I was reading movie scripts and I wasn’t finding
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           anything that was really speaking to me and my agent suggested that I

           read this. And I hadn’t thought about doing television, but when I read it,

           it kind of changed everything for me. She’s such a powerful character,

           she’s so smart, the action is so intense, and I really thought it would be fun

           to do.

           Then I met Doug and I went to the CIA and I started creating the

           character, and I met the creators, Matt Corman and Chris Ord, and we did

           a lot of talking about how – because the pilot is Annie’s first day at the

           CIA. And so as the show continues Annie’s really a rookie, and so what

           she excels at and what she isn’t very good at, I think is in some ways

           tailored to me. I really like driving. I really like action. I really like

           stunts. And those are things that I haven’t gotten to do in the past and so

           when I told them that all of a sudden that stuff started getting more and

           more intense and more creative. And Doug has been very active in

           ramping up the action sequences for each episode we do, so I think in a lot

           of ways the action was even kicked up a higher notch because I was so

           excited to do it.

S. Wiebe   What’s it like on the set? You’ve got a pretty high powered cast.
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P. Perabo   It’s going really well on the set. Sendhil Ramamurthy joined us for the

            season, and Sendhil, Chris Gorham and I really get on like a house on fire,

            which is good because a lot of times when we leave the CIA those are the

            people I’m leaving the CIA with to go abroad. It’s really long days

            because the action sequences, if you’ve ever been on a set where they’re

            shooting action, it takes a long time. It goes in really long pieces so that

            you can get the angles you want and that everything is safe, and so I’m

            really lucky that I really love the people that I work with, and it’s not bad

            doing a 17 hour day with these guys.

Moderator   Our next question comes from the line of Patty Grippo with

P. Grippo   You mentioned that you were at the CIA, I’m assuming Langley. What

            sort of special training did you get while you were there or did you have to

            undergo to play this character?

P. Perabo   The fight training that I went through to play this character wasn’t at

            Langley. They go to the farm to do their fight training and I wasn’t able to

            go there. The fight training that I did was with our head of stunts, and

            they hired different martial arts and hand-to-hand combat teachers.
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So, first, the creators and Doug sat down about what kind of style of

fighting Annie would have. Doug is a real fan of close hand-to-hand

combat that you shoot on a steadicam, the way that Jason Bourne fights,

but you have to tailor that to a woman because obviously when I’m

fighting a man, if we’re going to keep it real, which is what we’re going

for, Annie Walker isn’t a super hero, then you have to find styles of

fighting that could give her an advantage and make it plausible that she

can win or at least hold out in some of these fights. So we ended up with

Krav Maga, which is Israeli army style of street fighting, and Wing Chun,

which is a martial arts that was developed for women. So we were

working for weeks and weeks on that and training on that, I was training

on that before we started the pilot.

When I went to Langley a lot of it was really I couldn’t train there and

they can’t really show me the technology they have. So a lot of that day

was about asking the agents about their personal lives, because that they

can sort of share, they’re not telling me their real names anyway. So, does

your boyfriend know what you do, and what kind of car do you drive, and

how much do you make; those kinds of questions are really important

when you’re creating a character, and they were really forthcoming with

that kind of information.
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P. Grippo      We’ve heard mention of a lot of different guest stars that you’re going to

               have this season and I was wondering, is there anyone in particular that

               you’ve especially enjoyed working with?

P. Perabo      Eriq La Salle did an episode … and I really liked working with him. I

               watched ER a lot, especially when I was in college studying acting was

               when ER, I’m sure you remember, they did that episode once that was live

               and they did it live on the East Coast and live on the West Coast. As a

               theater student we all sat down as actors together and watched it together,

               the East Coast one and the West Coast one, and it was so cool and it was

               so brave and it was so exciting. So I wanted to really pick his brain about

               that and about how you shoot for such a dynamic emotional one-hour

               drama, and he was so patient and generous and also just a really good


Moderator      Our next question comes from the line of Alix Sternberg with the


A. Sternberg   I wondered if you could talk a little bit more about the time you spent with

               Valerie Plame and what insights she gave you that you took to Annie.
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P. Perabo      Valerie Plame was our consultant on the pilot, which was incredible to

               have her insight, because since she’s no longer in the CIA and because of

               the way she left it, she is more willing to share things than someone who’s

               from the agency can’t really talk about it. Also, just being on the ground,

               she can walk through the set of the CIA. We were shooting a scene that

               had extras, there’s an induction ceremony situation, and there were extras

               that came in to the CIA and in their wardrobe they had purses, but that’s

               impossible because you can’t carry anything in or out of the CIA, so

               having Valerie around to continually say well, these are the kinds of ID

               cards. And another thing was the CIA is a giant office, like any other

               office, and so there are reams and reams of paper. They’re can’t be

               regular trash in the CIA because obviously that paper is carrying all kinds

               of top secret documents, and it’s not just shredded at the CIA, it’s all burn

               bagged. So then all the trash cans were taken out and all the burn bags

               were brought in so everyone has burn bags under their desk. It was just

               again and again her attention to detail that was really, really helpful.

A. Sternberg   Yes, I remember those burn bags on set.

P. Perabo      … right?
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A. Sternberg   In the pilot we saw a lot of different sides to Annie, the vulnerable side,

               the tough side, and is there a lot about her that we don’t even know yet?

P. Perabo      There’s a lot about her that you don’t even know yet. Annie’s whole

               family life and also what happened in her relationship is still to unfold.

               And actually going back to talking about Valerie for a second, Valerie was

               also really generous with me about emotionally the toll that it takes

               keeping all those secrets from your family and your friends. And I think

               that her personal story that she told me was also very helpful in kind of

               folding into Annie’s secret and how that plays out in her relationship with

               her sister and her family. So as Annie weaves the lie that she has to tell so

               many people, the secrets start overlapping and overlapping, and it just gets

               very complicated.

Moderator      Our next question comes from the line of Stefan Blitz with


S. Blitz       My first question to you is what film or TV characters were an influence

               for you, or did you influence you as a reference point for Annie?
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P. Perabo   There were two. One is the original La Femme Nikita that Luc Besson

            did. I thought that film was a great balance of the pressure of the job and

            the real emotional pull that it takes. Also, I loved how he handled action

            with a woman and I just think that movie is so beautiful and she’s so

            strong, and it just was a big influence on me for Annie.

            Then Lee Miller, who was an artist and a war photographer, she was a

            beautiful journalist who put herself in the middle of these battles in order

            to take photographs. So I had read a lot about her and how she maintained

            her integrity and still was a beautiful woman amid the battlefield, and I

            thought that was really inspiring thinking about Annie.

S. Blitz    Can you talk a little bit about working with Christopher Nolan in The

            Prestige, and if he called would you want to play Cat Woman?

P. Perabo   If Christopher Nolan called I would play anything he wanted me to play.

            It was amazing working with him. I had been such a fan of all his films

            and I didn’t know how he worked until I got on the set with him the first

            day and how closely he works with Wally Pfister, his DP, and how fluid

            and alive his sets are. Also having Christian Bale, who has worked
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              obviously multiple times with Nolan and Hugh Jackman, it was kind of a

              dream experience. I would do anything to work with Nolan again.

Moderator     Our next question comes from the line of Kiko Martinez from Extra


K. Martinez   I read that you consider yourself more of a tomboy than anything. What

              puts you in that category and have you ever considered yourself the girl-

              next-door type?

P. Perabo     I don’t know if anybody considers themselves the girl-next-door, because

              you’re the girl. Do you know what I mean? I grew up in a neighborhood

              of all boys, so I was the only girl in the neighborhood so I guess that’s

              makes me the girl-next-door. But running around with a bunch of boys on

              the coast in New Jersey it just makes for a certain … lifestyle, your BMX

              bike and the beach and everything’s in your backpack, and you’re

              sunburned. I guess however you grow up creates in a way who you are,

              and living in a shore town with a bunch of boys makes you a tomboy.
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K. Martinez   I’m wondering, why do you think we’re seeing more and more film stars

              making a transition to TV? This isn’t really something that we would

              have seen 15, 20 years ago.

P. Perabo     Yes, that’s an interesting question. I’ve been thinking about that a lot too.

              One of the things is I think there’s a lot of great writing happening in

              television, not that there hasn’t been great writing in television before, but

              there seems to be a burst of new writers, young writers writing for

              television and writing really dynamic, complex characters, so that will

              always draw actors is good writing. I also think there seems to be a surge

              of dramas helmed by women, which wasn’t the case before, so that draws

              great actresses to the screen. Damages is one of my favorite shows, and to

              watch Glenn Close and Rose Byrne do those scenes, it’s great writing. I

              think maybe that’s what got them there in the first place. I don’t know,

              but I would assume so. Then when you add that talent to it, it just makes

              for great television. So I think creating these powerful female characters

              is changing television.

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L. Lamoray   What is it like to be the original character in the premiere of a show, as

             opposed to appearing in an established show?

P. Perabo    Certainly it’s a lot more work on the show because of the action

             component and whether it’s fights or car chases or explosions, and also

             Annie Walker is a language expert, so right now we’re up to nine different

             languages that Annie can speak. So between lessons and stunt

             choreography and training, I’m there all the time setting the tone and

             creating the character. I think creating a new character always takes a lot,

             because you want to make sure that you’re making someone who’s full

             and dynamic. You don’t want to give everything away at the top. You

             need to have a layered performance filled with history.

             So it’s a lot of work but it’s also really fun because new things come up in

             each episode, we’ll come to a crossroads of a decision about what would

             Annie do, and then there’s this big conversation with the creators and the

             writers and the actors about well, what has she done in the past and where

             do we want her to go and what would she base her decision on? And so it

             makes for a really dynamic and artistic set.
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L. Lamoray   I know it’s really early, but what would you say are Annie’s strong points

             and shortcomings?

P. Perabo    Definitely language is a strong point for Annie. Then she has things that

             can be both a strong point and a shortcoming. Annie’s a little bit of an

             adrenaline junkie, and so that can help sometimes but it also can take her

             off track. She’s also quite a flirt, and so although that can get her in the

             door at some of these embassy parties, I think she can be a little distracted

             by all the beautiful men and she’s not always paying attention to the

             mission at hand, depending on how handsome the guy in the tuxedo is.

             Hopefully that won’t get her into too much trouble. I have that problem as

             well, so I can really sympathize.

Moderator    Our next question comes from the line of Jessica Rae from Small Screen


J. Rae       Annie is very stylish, which I love and respect. I think it’s great. You

             mentioned your closet as being very Sex and the City. So I’m wondering,

             are you interested in fashion and what do you think of Annie’s clothing so

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P. Perabo   I am interested in fashion. I really like it. I live in New York City and I

            think the women here are dressed so beautifully. I think the glamour of

            fictional characters and of the spy world have always interested me. I’ve

            never played a character who wore suits before, so that’s really an

            interesting thing diving into that whole line of fashion. But it’s really fun

            because there’s a certain fantasy element. Obviously on a government

            salary you can’t have this many Louis Vuitton shoes, but it is really fun to

            pick the ones that go best with your pinstripe suit in the morning.

J. Rae      To reference Annie’s softer side, they mentioned a perfume that she

            wears, the Grapefruit perfume. Do you ever wear the actual perfume to

            get more in character or anything?

P. Perabo   I think Jo Malone makes the Grapefruit perfume, don’t they?

J. Ray      Yes, that’s the one that they say that she wears.

P. Perabo   Yes, Jo Malone, Grapefruit, right. God, I forgot about that. …. I never

            wear perfume on set because I never know if it’s going to bother the other

            actor. I’ve seen it happen on other … where some actors will come in

            doused in perfume and you can see the leading man’s eyes start watering,
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            so I’ve always been nervous about it since I’ve seen that. But I should do

            that to Chris Gorham one day when we have a racier moment. That’s a

            good idea. There should definitely be a bottle of it in Annie’s room. I’m

            going to make sure there is one.

J. Rae      Yes, get some kind of candle or something, Grapefruit, to trigger your

            Annie senses. I don’t know.

Moderator   Our next question comes from the line of Jay Jacobs from


J. Jacobs   Have you ever had a really disastrous fix up like that and what happened?

P. Perabo   Oh my gosh, yes. I have had some disastrous fix ups. Oh my God. Once

            I was set up, it was actually here in New York, a friend of mine set me up

            on a date with someone and we met at a movie theater. It was a first date

            and it was a French movie at one of the art house cinemas downtown and

            he fell asleep. About five minutes into the movie my date fell all the way

            asleep. Not just a little bit asleep, can’t keep your eyes open asleep, but

            like snoring so that other people in the movie theater had to say ―Be
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            quiet.‖ It was so humiliating and disheartening. Yes, I’m not really into

            fix ups anymore ….

J. Jacobs   Also, I read that you’re an action movie fan. I was wondering, I know this

            is probably your first really action based thing, but how crazy was it acting

            through that whole sniper scene in the pilot, which was so intense? Was

            that hard to do?

P. Perabo   It was really hard and it was really crazy. They buried … in the wall so

            that when you built the set there are little, for cameras when you’re doing

            marks they have all these rolls of tape and they’ll use the tape where all

            the … are , so that in the rehearsal you know what parts of the wall are

            going to blow up. But when we shoot everybody else on the crew puts on

            face shields and packing blankets over their bodies, and they take away all

            the marks where the explosions are going to happen, and the only person

            who’s not protected is me. Then they say, ―Go,‖ and the room explodes.

            So it took a little getting used to.

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J. Rarden   Annie is a member of the CIA and she can’t tell her friends and family. In

            that respect you kind of have two roles on the show, the CIA operative and

            a regular person who has to keep that other side of her secret. Is it fun to

            play two different personalities on the same show?

P. Perabo   It is. The actress who plays my sister who doesn’t know what I do for a

            living is Anne Dudek, who is on so many television shows I can’t keep

            track. But she’s a really great actress and she’s very aware of the kind of

            balance that I’m trying to strike between my relationship at home with her

            and then my relationship with work. She and I have worked a lot on that

            and what our family is like and who our parents were and how we deal

            with each other, and as the season goes on we spend more and more time

            together. You get a glimpse of her in the pilot, but you see a lot more of

            her as the season goes on. She and I have worked a lot on that, about what

            it’s like at home for the Walker sisters.

J. Rarden   This is your first starring role in a TV show. Were you nervous when you

            started, and did either Chris or Peter or anyone else really give you any

            advice since they’ve starred on shows before?
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P. Perabo       Yes, both of them did, actually. Both of them are so talented and

                successful and confident with their work on television and they understand

                the speed of it. You shoot television much faster than you shoot a film,

                and so you have to have a certain fluid quality to the scenes and be able to

                change them really fast and be really confident about your choices,

                because there’s not always time to try it ten different ways. I think our

                director took a real cue from that in how confidently they approached a

                scene and they really know how they want to do it. I’m really lucky to

                have both of them on the show.

Moderator       Our next question comes from the line of Nancy Harrington from Pop

                Culture Passionistas. Please go ahead.

N. Harrington   Hi, Piper. I’m here with my sister Amy, we’re writing partners. You’ve

                touched a little bit on how physical your role is and we’re wondering, do

                you have a stunt double or do you do all the stunts yourself?

P. Perabo       No, I have a stunt double. I have different doubles because not everybody

                can do all the … do it this way and as the season continues Annie is

                getting wilder and wilder and the stunts are just getting more and more

                intense. I think each director is trying to top the last one, so we keep
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                having to find some girls who can do things that I … do. So there are

                definitely multiple pinstripe suits for certain days on set.

N. Harrington   We were also just wondering if you’d heard of the Canadian … band

                named after you and what you think of them.

P. Perabo       I have heard that there’s a band, but I haven’t heard their music. Is it


N. Harrington   Yes.

P. Perabo       Do they have a MySpace page or something? I should listen to them.

N. Harrington   They do. If you took Piper Perabo MySpace then you’ll find them and not


P. Perabo       Oh, cool. All right, I’ll have a listen.

Moderator       Our next question comes from the line of Allison Rupino from Pop

                Culture Madness.
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A. Rupino   Actually, I just wanted to first start off by saying as a fellow Jersey girl

            I’m very excited that someone from New Jersey has made it so big in the

            TV and music business.

P. Perabo   Where are you from in New Jersey?

A. Rupino   I’m from … County, so it’s like north Jersey, but … Beechwood area near


P. Perabo   Oh, cool.

A. Rupino   Yes, I saw that online and I was excited to speak to you about that. My

            question is, on the show I know it just started and you’re probably getting

            into the swing of things, but how much creative freedom do you have in

            regards to … adlibbing or maybe if you see a scene, there’s a direction

            that you give your input into, like maybe if you see how you might want to

            change it.

P. Perabo   I actually have input, although it’s not necessarily always on the day.

            Because of the action we get our scripts fairly early, and so there is a lot of

            time to have a dialogue with the writers and the directors while they’re in
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            prep about ideas that come up in scenes and maybe is it possible if we do

            it this way. We even have a chance as actors to rehearse our scenes on our

            own before the day, so there is a big dialogue going on about it, but it’s

            not just me changing it on the day because we have our scripts so much in

            advance that it’s a dialogue that goes on with the creators and the stunt

            coordinators and the director and everybody.

A. Rupino   The second part of my question kind of goes back to what you were

            describing like the stunts and the arm-to-arm combat that you mentioned

            before. My family, we’re a big fan of the movie The Cave –

P. Perabo   Oh my gosh, cool.

A. Rupino   Yes, we loved your part of Charlie. Does that at all help you with the

            stunts you have to do today or … swinging on the …?

P. Perabo   The Cave is one of those things that I did that has come in useful, is doing

            these falls. Before that movie I had never done really big stunt falls before

            and so I learned how to do it for Charlie. It’s come up already in the

            show, I go jumping into an elevator shaft, I don’t know how many

            episodes back, but I think we’re … in an elevator shaft from pretty high,
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             and knowing how to do that gives you a lot more confidence …. If you’ve

             never done a big fall by running and jumping into an elevator shaft, it

             takes a lot of guts.

Moderator    Our next question comes from the line of Blair Marnell from Crave


B. Marnell   Hi. I was wondering, in the series beyond the first couple of seasons how

             will your character adjust to essentially being a much more experienced

             agent at that point, since a lot of the show seems to be based on your

             inexperience right now?

P. Perabo    That’s a really interesting question and that’s come up with me and the

             creators already. It’s funny that you noticed that. Because one of the

             things that I really like about Annie is how inexperienced she is, and

             obviously the longer we stay with her, the more she’ll gain.

             What’s fun about being an inexperienced CIA agent is that you don’t

             follow protocol because you don’t know it. So that comes up again and

             again with Annie, is that it’s not that she’s particularly flouting authority,

             she just hasn’t had the training to know how she’s supposed to do it. So
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            she has to come up with her own ideas. I hope that Annie will be

            successful enough that eventually she’ll be allowed to give it a little bit

            looser range, because the creativity that the writing department continually

            comes up with as to how Annie solves a problem is really fun to watch her

            do. So hopefully even with her experience she’ll just get better at creative

            solutions, but not necessarily become an expert. Do you know what I


Moderator   Now we’ll go to the line of Monica Ellis from Series.NU.

M. Ellis    How do you feel about it being on the USA Network where most shows

            do become a big hit? Is there any pressure for you with that?

P. Perabo   It’s a combination. Because they’ve had so many successful shows, they

            have a great idea about how to create successful shows, because it’s their

            original programming that’s so successful. So I put a lot of faith in

            network notes and ideas they have about character and also about how

            we’re bringing the show out, like doing calls like this and talking to you

            guys. They have such a great track record with introducing new shows

            that it makes me really excited, that the show that I think is really good

            and going really well is going to get out there.
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M. Ellis    Did you actually do the skydiving scene in the pilot?

P. Perabo   No. I wish I had. I wish that the first reporter that asked me, I wish I had

            told them yes and I’ve just been lying all the time. But once I told one of

            you ―no,‖ then I know that I can’t tell another one of you ―yes,‖ because

            it’s like you guys all know each other. It’s not me. It’s just my ponytail

            …. The network would never have let me jump out of a plane, especially

            when we’re only on episode one.

Moderator   Now we’ll go to the line of Mark Bower from Spoiler TV. Please go


M. Bower    I have a strange question. You work with Chris Gorham on the show

            who’s playing a blind character. Is it harder as an actress to work against

            somebody who is normally sighted but has to not make any eye motions

            and make eye contact with you?

P. Perabo   No, it’s not hard because Chris Gorham is such a good actor and he’s so

            emotionally available, that it’s really not hard at all, because the character

            of Auggie is really Annie’s foundation in the CIA, I trust him and I have
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             my most intimate discussions with him. No, it’s actually not difficult at


M. Bower     Do you find yourself tempted to try to make him break character because

             you know he can see what you’re doing?

P. Perabo    I started saying to him that if we are so lucky to get to another season I

             think that the reveal should be that he’s not blind and we should do a

             Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon moment where I throw something at

             him and he catches it. But I don’t think anybody’s listening to me.

Moderator    Our next question comes from the line of Amanda Earnest from


A. Earnest   I wanted to talk to you about the love affair that Annie has that’s kind of

             becoming the central secret of her character. What was it like playing

             that? Did you draw on any inspiration for that?

P. Perabo    The love affair?
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A. Earnest   Yes, the guy and the island and you know who’s becoming the character

             as part of her back story.

P. Perabo    Unfortunately, I’ve never been to Southeast Asia so I have yet to fall in

             love with a man running down a beach. So I’m living a little bit through

             Annie’s fantasy life at this point. Also seeing Ian Dailey run down the

             beach, I haven’t seen anything quite that good in my ….

A. Earnest   What about your own love life? There were some pictures a couple of

             months ago of you and Chris Pine. Is there anything going on there?

P. Perabo    I don’t really ever discuss my personal life. I like to just keep it for

             myself. I don’t think I’ll comment on that.

A. Earnest   Well, you know I have to ask.

P. Perabo    I totally understand. I did an interview once where an interviewer said to

             me, so tell me who you’re dating. And I was like ―Yes, I never say

             anything about that.‖ And she said, ―Okay, well just telling me you’re

             dating somebody mega famous like Prince William, because I … go back
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              to my editor.‖ And I was like, ―I promise you, I’m not dating Prince


C. Fehskens   Ladies and gentlemen, that’s unfortunately all the time we have for

              today’s session. I want to again thank, Piper, of course for taking the time

              to be with us and remind everybody to tune into the series premiere, which

              will be next Tuesday at 10/9 Central on USA Network. Thanks again,

              everyone, and enjoy the rest of your day.

P. Perabo     Thank you, everyone. Bye.

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