A year ago, Mireille Enos had no idea what the initials TGIT meant. But she knows now.
The leading lady of The Catch, a sexy con artist/caper series from super-producer Shonda Rhimes, has become a key player in ABC’s “Thank God It’s Thursday” prime-time programming block.
“I’ve got to be honest,” Enos says. “When Shonda offered me this, I had never seen a single episode of any of her shows.”
Somehow she missed out on the whole ShondaLand/TGIT craze, skipping every outrageous moment of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder.
“I was completely ignorant,” says Enos, formerly of AMC’s The Killing and HBO’s Big Love. “I had no idea how addictive her shows were until I did some homework.
“Now I’m even more excited than ever to be part of this beautiful television family.”
The Catch premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday, in the hour that follows Grey’s and Scandal. How To Get Away With Murder made room for the new show by ending its second season last week.
The Catch is a nice match for the evening’s earlier shows, yet it has a distinctly different flavor. Its vibe is reminiscent of the movie The Thomas Crown Affair: a sexually charged cat-and-mouse game between rivals who are madly in love.
Enos, who grew up in Houston, stars as Alice Vaughan, the brilliant lead investigator of a high-end L.A. private investigation/security firm. Nobody gets the better of Alice — until con man Benjamin Jones (played by Peter Krause) comes into her life. He wins her heart. Then he steals all of her money.
In response, while her firm continues to investigate elaborate crimes all over the world, Alice launches a private crusade to beat her former fiance at his own game.
“She’s mad as hell,” Enos says. “But at the same time, against her better judgment, she has a soft spot in her heart where he is concerned.”
Their competition/love story will escalate throughout the season.
Luckily for me, I have these wonderful wardrobe women who bring me flat slippers and cardigans to put on between takes.
Viewers who got to know Enos as Sarah Linden, the Seattle homicide detective in The Killing (2011-2014), might have a hard time at first believing that that actress and this one in The Catch are one and the same.
She has gone from playing a bulky-sweaters/no-makeup type to a killer-outfits-wearing “glammy girl.”
“When I look at any project, I try to find something that approaches the story from a different angle,” Enos says. “I played Linden for four years and had an amazing time. But it was time to do something else, something lighter, with a little romance, and maybe have some fun getting to play dress-up.
“Nobody thinks of me in this way, so it’s fun to play the other side of that coin.”
That said, there are moments — not many, but definitely a few — when she wishes she didn’t have to dress to the nines every day.
“When the camera is rolling, it is 100 percent fun,” Enos says. “It’s a wonderful style to play. But between takes, just hanging out in those beautiful clothes all day long can be a bit much, especially because I prefer to be the comfy girl.
“Luckily for me, I have these wonderful wardrobe women who bring me flat slippers and cardigans to put on between takes. I get out of those heels as much as possible.”
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