Anna Paquin probes a crime in ‘Bellevue’

Anna Paquin of "Bellevue" Tuesday on WGN America
Anna Paquin of “Bellevue” Tuesday on WGN America

Q: “Bellevue” aired a year ago in Canada, so how is it for you to talk about the mystery series as being brand-new for American viewers?

A: Well, it was one of those things that came around and did not have U.S. distribution yet, so that was something I knew going in — but I really love it, and I’m really passionate about it. It’s actually nice to revisit it when we’re getting ready to show it to a whole new audience.

Q: Though its Canadian network didn’t renew “Bellevue,” a second season is being discussed for possible sale elsewhere. Do you hope to play police detective Annie Ryder again?

A: It was pretty outside-the-box for them, as far as what their normal content is, and we were allowed to so a lot of things not normally seen on network television. I’m very grateful that they allowed us to do it in the first place, but I don’t think a second season was going to have a natural home there. WGN America is a different thing, so if people react positively the way a lot of people did in Canada, we’ll hopefully get to do it all again.

Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin

Q: Annie follows in a line of complex female-detective characters, as in such shows as “The Closer” and “Saving Grace.” What are your thoughts on that?

A: What I think is interesting is that it comes from a place of character first and woman second, as opposed to, “Oh, we need to make a female cop show.” These are actual people with lives and complicated backstories.

They happen to be women, and that’s awesome, but it’s not how a lot of the representation of females is in entertainment. In order for them to be complicated and flawed, and also to be protagonists, they usually have to be played by men – so as a woman, it’s always exciting to get material like that.

Jay Bobbin

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