Angelica Celaya feels like she hit the jackpot when she was cast as Zed, the leading lady of NBC’s Constantine. It’s a rare TV series, she says, that does what this show is doing. One doesn’t expect a violent, wisecracking action series based on a comic book to take on such high-minded subjects as God, angels, demons, hell, faith and the fate of our souls.
“What a combination,” Celaya says. The actress, a telenovela star whose English-language credits include Burn Notice and Dallas, was a late addition to the show, which airs at 9 p.m. Friday. After the pilot episode was filmed, the producers felt they needed a strong female lead, one who could stand toe-to-toe with actor Matt Ryan (who stars as demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine).
“There are sparks when Zed and Constantine get together,” Celaya says. “Whether they like to admit it or not, there’s magic. Whether they will act on it or not, well, stay tuned.”
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1 How familiar were you and are you now with the Hellblazer comic books that inspired this series?
Back in June, I had no idea what Hellblazer or Constantine was about. My history with comics was limited to Wonder Woman and She-Ra. But now that I’m on the show, I’m very much into reading the comics and learning more about my character and the world we’re creating. It’s exciting.
2 What kind of excitement are you sensing from viewers?
It’s crazy. We were at Comic-Con in San Diego in one of the biggest halls and it was packed. We were at New York Comic Con, showing the revised first episode, and the response was incredibly positive. Our Facebook page had more than 2 million likes before our first episode even aired. That’s a nice way to start. But I can only believe that bigger and better things are still to come.
3 What do you think of your co-star, Matt Ryan?
He’s amazing. He’s always positive on set and always giving it 100 percent. He’s a great actor and I’m blessed that I get the opportunity to work with someone who’s so involved and giving more than is on script. It makes me that much more excited to get on set and make the scenes come alive.
4 Zed in the comics has a very distinctive look, with white streaks in her hair that look like wings. Was there any discussion about you re-creating that look?
From day one we’ve had that conversation. But we all agreed that white streaks don’t just come naturally. It takes something stressful and traumatic to cause that. But with this show, I wouldn’t rule anything out in the future. With the horrors she’ll encounter, you may see those streaks in the future. But for now, I keep pulling out any white hairs that I find happening in real life.
5 What do you love most about being an actress?
My world growing up was one of make-believe. Some kids have imaginary friends. I had an imaginary sister! I’m a big old weirdo and this job allows me to celebrate my weirdness. It allows me to let my mind go free and to be as creative as I want to be.
— David Martindale, Special to the Star-Telegram