Brooke Nevin is having a moment.
Season 1 of Breakout Kings finds Brooke uniquely situated as one of the most ubiquitous television actresses working today, having spent the last couple of years as a TiVo staple with appearances on Charmed, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met your Mother and even Smallville. But it’s her role on the A&E series Breakout Kings as information expert Julianne Simms that officially upgrades her notoriety and her TiVo standings to a full season pass.
Tell me about your character on Breakout Kings, Julianne Simms.
She’s kind of quiet or as Lloyd refers to her, as suffering from chronic convenience disorder. I think that’s the made-up term. But she keeps to herself and tries to stay pretty focused on the job at hand because it’s fast paced, and it’s her duty to help the team stay one step ahead of the runners so that we catch them.
Of all the characters on the show, your character seems like she may have the most secrets.
Well, I wouldn’t be surprised if Matt and Nick haven't pulled something out of their sleeve in terms of writing some interesting back-story for Julianne. And I think that, she’s a lot more capable than she appears to be. She’s definitely holding back, because she’s not exactly a U.S. Marshal, but she certainly had a lot of training.
Did you initially audition for Julianne or were you trying to maybe make one of the male characters into a female?
Well, there were no sex changes for any of the characters, but no, I originally read for Julianne, and when I got the script, it was interesting, it was one of those auditions where I got the lines for the audition piece, and I kind of got her right away. I had a really strong connection to what she was going through and, what it means, and I think it means a lot to all of these characters to be on this task force. They’re all fighting for a second chance in a way, and I think that creates high stakes, but also maybe some tension.
If Julianne were a Breakout King what would be her special skill?
The writers always say Charlie is in the office, and the Breakout Kings are off and there’s Julianne rocking the keys, like rocking the computer keys. So, in terms of having a special power, it’s definitely being an absolute computer technical wiz and being able to track down anything. I’d like to think that she has like x-ray vision, she can see through walls or something like that. She’s certainly spent a lot of her time watching everyone else on the team. So, I don’t know, maybe she can read minds. I’m not sure.
Your character spends a lot of time hitting those computer keys. When filming are you actually typing real things or just dashing off at the keys?
No, and I have to tell you, it’s really funny because we do have a chance to watch some of the different cuts of some episodes. And I even surprise myself, I mean sometimes I get to work with some computer graphics that are made specifically for the episode to show some of the data that my character is pulling, but most of the time, if you see a close up or a shot of Julianne at her computer, the computer’s off. There’s a piece of tin foil in front of the screen to bounce the light, a mini light off up into my face.
If you could be on any other A&E show, which show would it be?
Okay, this is a really hard question because there are so many options. This was short-lived, but I really loved Obsessed. I was obsessed about Obsessed. And it’s kind of an interesting question, because if I were to appear on one of the shows…
It means you’ve got a problem.
Right, it would mean that I collect way too much stuff and never get rid of anything or that I have like a compulsion to eat cushion foam or that I’m like a troubled pre-teen that needs like a really good scare.
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