Rebecca Mader talks NO ORDINARY FAMILY
On tonight’s all new NO ORDINARY FAMILY, Jim’s brother, played by THIRD WATCH’s Jason Wiles, shows up and learns about (read: exploits) the Powell’s new found extra powers. If that wasn’t exciting enough (I love when TV worlds collide), another familiar face joins the show tonight for a multiple episode arc as a VP Victoria Morrow, who offers Katie (Autumn Reeser) a promotion. That familiar face? None other than one of our favorites – Rebecca Mader (Charlotte from LOST).
NO ORDINARY FAMILY. Love the show, I love the idea that it’s a family drama, but there are still sinister things at work. What can you tell me about the role on the show?
Okay, so basically you see my character for the first time [in tonight’s episode]. My character is called Victoria Morrow. I appear at Global Tech and announce that I am the VP of Human Resources at the company. And I actually give Autumn Reeser’s character, Katie, a promotion. And then there’s also another moment in the episode that I sort of allude to the fact that there might be some history or sort of connection with Dr King and The Watcher. So it’s all rather mysterious.
Is it a role that you knew the backstory going in, or do you know more than we’ll know when we see it?
No, actually. This is sort of very similar to when I was on LOST. You have no idea what’s going on, and you get it as it comes, and you just wing it. I actually really like it like that. It’s really fun; keeps me on my toes.
Did you watch the show before starting the role?
I was watching it. It looks very good on my new HD television because the visual effects just look really cool on my screen. I’m a big fan of like Sci-Fi, comic book kinds of shows. It was definitely my style anyway. When I got the offer, I was like, ‘uh, yeah’. They were like, well, if you want to think about it? I was like, ‘no, I want it! Yes, I don’t need to think about it’ and then they said, well, take a minute, think about it. And I said ‘I don’t want to think about it, yes!’ [laughs]
Your first episode airs tonight. Is the arc open ended or is there a finite number of episodes at this point?
I don’t know how many I’m doing, but I’m on my third. That’s what I’m shooting this week.
Why do you think that this is a show people should be watching?
I like it because I watch a lot of television. If I wasn’t an actor, I would probably have a TV blog myself. I’m an addict, right? I don’t think there’s another show on the air like it. It’s a family show, in that, it’s appropriate to watch it with your children, but they’ve managed to pull off the balance where you can watch it with your kids, but it’s not like a kiddie thing. It’s not saccharine sweet and nauseating. I just really feel like it’s across the board, in terms of age range. There’s something for everybody. You’ve got the geeky sci-fi dark element, but it’s not too dark that it would scare children or it’s inappropriate, you know? I just find it really exciting. I’ve always been a fan of super heroes and powers, and stuff like that. Everybody’s fantasy.
Have you gotten the question a lot on your calls today about what super power you’d want to have if given the chance?
[laughs] You’re the second person to ask that today. It’s actually a really good question. It’s funny. Ever since I read the first Harry Potter book back in the day, that invisibility cloak, it was just like, oh my god, I’ve got to get me one of those! That’s what I would love. To be able to make myself invisible and see who people truly are, and not just the face that they put on for you, you know?
I think I’d like teleportation.
That would be wicked, because then I could go home and see my family more often. Aw, that’s a good one! That’s my second choice [laughs].
How’s it been working with Stephen?
I love Stephen. I’ve had some great scenes with him, I have a great scene with him [tonight]. It’s fun to see him doing something so different than his gig on 7TH HEAVEN. He’s just one of those actors, I don’t know, they’re so sort of classy. He’s a proper actor. I just think he’s class in a glass.
So you say you’re a fan of TV – what else are you watching when you have time?
Oh my god, I’m a huge FRINGE fan. If that gets canceled, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I loved CAPRICA; that got canceled and I cried in a corner. I love BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. LOST, obviously, NO ORDINARY FAMILY. I like GLEE, MODERN FAMILY. I mean, you name it. I watch a lot of scripted television. And then I have a few, guiltily be watching reality TV.
I get that question a lot, and it’s always easier to say “here’s a list of what I don’t watch!”
What I don’t watch, I know! It’s funny. I used to try and pretend to be like, I’m not a nit, but I watch a lot of television. I’m like, sod it. It’s a key part of my life. I give up, it’s who I am. [laughs] Judge me or whatever, I don’t care!
What else besides NO ORDINARY FAMILY do you have coming up that we can look forward to?
I’ve got a movie coming out in April called Ceremony, with Uma Thurman. I’ve got a web series in the spring that I did with Jackson Rathbone from Twilight. That’s a web series thing. I also did a comedy called FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, and that’s on NBC. It’s going to be a replacement on NBC at some point, and then this. And then I don’t know, some other stuff as well. I’m hoping 2011 will be my best year yet, as Oprah would say!