Blalock Comes To 'Slow Burn' In TorontoBy Michelle
September 19, 2005 - 2:19 PM
The flu did not keep Jolene Blalock down at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, where her movie Slow Burn is an official selection.
VRRRM offered footage of HypaSpace's interview with Blalock for the Canadian Space channel in which the T'Pol actress talked about the difference between film and television work and her pleasure at having this new opportunity.
"The beauty of a feature [film] is that you have a project for three to six months. You have a character. You bring it to life," she observed. "You give yourself to it and then it's over...with television, you're living a character for several years. And sometimes, that can get unchallenging."
Blalock said that after four consecutive years of starring on Enterprise, the offer to play Nora Timmer in Slow Burn gave her a welcome chance to "bust out" of the single-character mindset she had had for so long. "You become comfortable playing one character, and I often would try to reinvent things as episodes would come along - storylines would change, characterization would change," she recalled. "I would try to play with her backstory to keep things fresh so that when I opened the script, I can bring something to it and not go on autopilot, which is easy to do."
Sometimes, she admitted, "I would have dreams that I was...in my living room dressed as T'Pol doing Shakespeare. It's just these dreams of so wanting to bust out, but not being able to."
In Slow Burn Blalock plays a manipulative assistant district attorney working with a D.A., played by Ray Liotta, who is caught in a 24-hour showdown with a gang leader, played by LL Cool J. The official web site for the film - which also stars Taye Diggs and Mekhi Phifer, and was written and directed by Wayne Beach - is here.