Michelle Hurd says ‘Blindspot’ not your typical crime procedural drama
New York-born actress Michelle Hurd is a familiar fixture on American television. Couch potatoes should be able to remember her regular and recurring roles in “New York Undercover,” “Another World,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “ER,” “Gossip Girl,” “90210,” “Hawaii Five-O,” and more recently, “Daredevil,” “Ash vs Evil Dead,” and “Blindspot.”
In Season 2 of “Blindspot,” Michelle plays the role of Ellen “Shepherd” Briggs, the adoptive mother of lead character Alice “Remi” Kruger aka “Jane Doe” (Jaimie Alexander) and her brother Roman (Luke Mitchell), who also happens to be the leader of the terrorist group Sandstorm.
It is also revealed that Shepherd was a Defense Threat Reduction Agency major general and has in fact been manipulating the life of FBI New York Head Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) since he was a teenager.
Portraying such an enigmatic character was a lot of fun for Hurd. In a recent interview with InterAksyon, the actress said what makes working in “Blindspot” so exciting is its unpredictability.
“It’s not typical, you know. A lot of times you work on a show and you get your script then you can sort of predict what’s going to happen and this is one of the first shows that I cannot predict what’s going to happen to any of the characters. So that kind of keeps it exciting for the audience, also keeps it exciting for the actors so for us, it’s great,” she enthused.
Asked how “Blindspot” compares with “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” another show she did that also happens to be a crime procedural drama, Michelle notes that the difference lies in the shows’ different approaches towards solving crimes.
“I love ‘Law & Order’ but I feel that ‘Blindspot’ is a little different than typical procedural shows that present crime and then possible suspects and then the people who are going to solve them and then we have a solution. What’s kind of exciting and different about ‘Blindspot’ is it’s never that cut-and-dry—we don’t really follow that format at all. There’s more twists and turns and problem solving in this than typical procedures,” she pointed out.
“We should come up with a new title for type of shows like ‘Blindspot’ because it really combines more intrigue and thought-provoking sort of excitement than a typical procedural show.”
One of the highlights of “Blindspot” is that the crimes are helped solved by the tattoos of Remi a.k.a Jane, the mysterious woman who lost her memory and can’t even remember who she is. Unlike Jaimie Alexander who has real tattoos in addition to the fake ones she had to wear on the show, Michelle admits that she herself has no tattoos on her body.
“But I think one of the most fun parts about the show is that they did that tool. That technique of having all those tattoos being clues as to how to solve what’s going on in Sandstorm—I love that. Maybe one day I’ll figure out what I would want on my body but it’s really fun seeing the tattoos on Jamie. Up close and personal, they are awesome,” she quipped.
As to how her character will evolve as “Blindspot” progresses, Michelle says with the way Shephered is written, the sky is pretty much the limit.
“She could become the President. She’s a really committed character, very outspoken, and very determined to right wrongs whether people think that she’s on the right side or not. I’m very interested to see where she would evolve from here. It’s sort of interesting to see if she, Roman, Jane and Kurt would become a family. That would be a bizarre but interesting scenario but honestly, it would be so exciting to see where the producers would bring Shepherd.”
Here in the Philippines, Season 2 of “Blindspot” airs on WarnerTV every Thursday at 9:50PM, same day as the U.S.