Melissa Roxburgh closes the book on ‘Manifest’ … for now

Hit NBC drama wraps up its first season

Melissa Roxburgh

Fortunately for Melissa Roxburgh, her previous series role gave her some on-the-job training for her current one.

As the NBC drama “Manifest” concludes its very successful first year Monday, Feb. 18, the actress is grateful for what she learned last season as a regular on The CW’s short-lived “Valor.” Maybe it didn’t prep her for all the emotional ups and downs of playing Michaela Stone, one of the passengers who returned from a flight missing for more than five years, but it helped her with some of the necessities for also portraying a police detective.

“We have an awesome stunt coordinator on the (‘Manifest’) set, Greg Harvey, and he’s been super-helpful in telling me where I look really stupid,” the friendly Roxburgh muses, “but I’ll also give credit to ‘Valor.’ I got taught a lot on that show, and since it was about the Army, they really put us through training there on how to look respectful and proper. I brought a lot of that with me to this show.

“I’m sure there are some scenes where I still look a little ridiculous,” allows Roxburgh, “and though it can feel uncomfortable, it’s also been a lot of fun to learn how to do it all.”

Roxburgh admits that being recognized by “Manifest” viewers while she’s out and about is a new experience that she’s adjusting to.

“It’s so subtle” in her case, she maintains. “There are moments where I forget that it’s a possibility and I walk outside in my pajamas or whatever, but overall, it’s nice that people appreciate the show and are watching it. To hear them come up to me and say that, it just lights a fire to keep going and keep giving them more episodes.”

Birthdate: Dec. 10, 1992

Birthplace: Vancouver, B.C.

Current residences: New York and Los Angeles

Marital status: Single

Other television credits include: “Valor,” “Travelers,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Sorority Murder,” “Supernatural,” “The Tomorrow People,” “Rita,” “Arrow,” “Big Time Movie.”

Movie credits include: “In God I Trust,” “Star Trek: Beyond,” “Lost Solace,” “The Marine 4: Moving Target,” “Leprechaun Origins,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.”

On fan reaction to her “Manifest” character: “She’s still going to have those moments where she falls short or slides back or messes up and has to try again, but the response to the character has been really positive. And I’m lucky for that.”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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