Comic-Con: TV's 6 Most Wanted Women
THR: Some of you have played very iconic characters before this. How important is it to separate yourselves from those characters as you dive into these new projects?
MORRISON: As an actress, it's nice to look for something different. It was wonderful playing Cameron on House for all of those years -- amazing writing and an incredible cast. I have no complaints, but it was also exciting to be let free and to play new characters and try something new. And part of the appeal of Once Upon a Time for me was that it was totally character-driven. It wasn't procedural and, you know, I've been saying medical terms for a long time …
GELLAR :What's harder: medical terms or fantasy terms?
MORRISON: Medical terms. If I never had to say medical terms ever again, I'd be happy. … I had a cyst that burst years ago. … I'm in the hospital, and I'm like, "So here's the thing: I'm pretty sure I have a cyst bursting." I had some of these doctors staring at me. … They did all the tests, and they were like, "Well, you were right."
THR: Sarah, was there hesitation about jumping back into TV?
GELLAR: It was definitely something that I wanted to do. My hat's off to all of the mothers that do movies and travel -- it's really, really hard. TV really is, as a wife and a mother, the greatest because you can go home at night … but I'm still trying to figure out how that works because there's no handbook, and the fact that my hours were so bad did scare me. The producers keep saying: "No, we're going to take care of you. This is a different show, and we have other storylines."
THR: You're all the face of these genre shows, which historically have been part of a very male world -- made by and for men. How does that impact you?
Q: My goal when I make my show is to make a show for women. I don't make a show for men. I don't think you can be successful in television without appealing to women. I don't think it's possible. I think that men like women. It doesn't really matter what they do -- they love anything. But women don't necessarily like every woman, so I think that's a challenge to get the female audience to not only relate to you but also like you.
THR: How do you do that?
Q: I think that emotions are the great equalizer, so I try to make a show that's more emotionally based. Whenever I get a script, I always sit down with the writers and discuss what the heart of the piece is: Who am I affecting emotionally with this? And it's not going to be men because they're going to watch it for the action and the legs and the whatever -- I don't have boobs, but if I did... When I don't know what the heart of the piece is, I can't give a performance.
THR: Comic-Con, in particular, seems to have played an important role for certain shows that have struggled in the ratings. Anna and Yvonne, what has the event meant for your series?
TORV: We have such loyal and vocal fans, and that's why we're going again. Comic-Con is such a fantastic forum for that because you get to meet them and talk to them.
STRAHOVSKI: You also get to be outside the studio. I mean, so often you get stuck in the studio or on location shooting a show, and you don't really get to meet and interact
with the people watching at home. My favorite part of Comic-Con is always when you watch them watch the screen. It's cool because you never get to do that, and their reactions are so great.
GELLAR: When you're filming, you forget your show is even on the air. You forget that it's finished until someone sees it.
STRAHOVSKI: I don't remember scenes. I'm like, "Really, we shot that?"
GELLAR: I know. I always think I'm the biggest disappointment to Buffy fans because they'll be like, "Remember this episode?" and I'm like, "Wait, what happened?" I have to fake it. I have to "use my acting."