Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cutting Room Floor Commentary: 'Nikita's' Maggie Q...

Earlier this week a small group of bloggers and journalists sat down with Maggie Q for coffee in Los Angeles to talk about the second season finale of Nikita, but because we were a group who had bonded over endless plates of French fries the last person we did an in-person interview with her, because we were hopped up on caffeine, and because Maggie Q's dog Pedro was just so darn adorable, we had the tendency to take an occasional tangent. Even a half-joking question, though, would illicit a really thoughtful and interesting response from Maggie Q, and as a part of Cutting Room Floor Commentary, I wanted to share one such piece with you. 

In this short clip, Maggie Q points out the complication of shooting Nikita, with all its flashbacks and therefore different versions of Nikita herself.

"I wanted to create something where when Amanda transformed her, she truly made her in her own vision," Maggie Q explained.

When you stop and think about it, that kind of attention to detail-- from all departments behind the scenes-- is what makes Nikita so well-produced and so unique. It's not just about creating different physical looks, but seeing a character at very different emotional stages, as well.

And in case you're wondering about the tee-shirt Maggie Q is wearing in the video: NKLA is not some Los Angeles Nikita fan group she is supported but the new mission from Best Friends Animal Society, No-Kill L.A. The mission is to make Los Angeles county's animal shelters able to turn into "no kill" shelters so every dog, cat, and rabbit has a shot at a life, let alone a home. If you want to buy one and show your own support, no matter where in the world you are, you can do so here.

"I'm part of the initiative," Maggie Q explained. "[If you're in L.A.] you've probably seen the billboards: they're these great black and white photos of dogs with NKLA on them. That's what they're for. We really want to make Los Angeles a "no kill" zone."

Read more about NKLA and how you can get involved here.

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