‘Fargo’ alum stars in ABC’s new supernatural drama
For Allison Tolman, “Emergence” already is a miracle even before it premieres.
That debut was all but certain for several hours as fall-season schedules were being set: NBC passed on the series, but ABC ultimately picked it up … so the drama with supernatural overtones begins on that network Tuesday, Sept. 24. “Fargo” alum Tolman plays another small-town cop, one drawn into the mystery of a youngster (Alexa Swinton) found near a devastating accident. The child instantly connects with policewoman Jo (Tolman), but it’s soon apparent there’s a lot more to the spoiler-averse story.
“I think I had mentally prepared for whatever was going to happen with this show,” the friendly Tolman reflects. “I knew we had done really good work on the pilot, but I felt like whatever happens is going to happen. During that time period where I wasn’t sure where we were going to land, I really thought, ‘I can’t believe this show wouldn’t go. It’s so good.’ ”
Created and executive-produced by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, veterans of such series as “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” and “Resurrection,” “Emergence” resists certain storytelling conventions … which Tolman appreciates.
“There’s a sci-fi gimmick where there’s a heroine who has to take care of a child, and she’s kind of a little reluctant about it, but she learns to love,” the actress reflects, “That’s not Jo. She already has this sort of maternal instinct, and that — accompanied by her sense of duty as an officer of the law — is what puts her in this position where she immediately takes in this kid who has nobody. She doesn’t really see an alternative.”
Birthdate: Nov. 18, 1981
Birthplace: Harris County, Texas
Current residence: Los Angeles
Marital status: Single
Other television credits include: “The Twilght Zone,” “Castle Rock,” “Good Girls,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Me, Myself & I,” “Mosaic,” “I’m Sorry,” “Downward Dog,” “Drunk History,” “Archer” (voice only), “The Mindy Project,” “Fargo,” “Sordid Lives: The Series,” “Prison Break”
Movie credits include: “Swing Shift” (forthcoming), “The Sisters Brothers,” “Family,” “Killing Gunther,” “The House,” “Barracuda,” “Krampus,” “The Gift,” “Addicted to Fresno”
On her career: “I never wanted to be anything other than an actress, which is sort of a boring answer, but it’s the absolute truth. I’ve played cops a couple of times now, and nurses. I think I must have a trustworthy face … which is weird, because I lie constantly.”