‘Preacher’ – Featherstone a hard act to follow for Emery


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Julie Ann Emery

Julie Ann Emery knows she’s had it good.

After a string of meaty roles in A-list series such as “Better Call Saul,” “Catch-22” and “Fargo,” the 44-year-old Tennessee native admits it will be tough to follow up on her current role as God-fearing Sunday school teacher-turned-remorseless Grail agent Lara Featherstone in the AMC comic book drama “Preacher.”

“It’s very hard for me to walk away and it’s even harder for me for me to think about what comes next,” the actress explains, “because I feel like everything is boring after you’ve played Featherstone. I mean, I learned new skills every season, like I learned how to strip a Glock. I learned something for Season 4 that I can’t talk about yet that is completely awesome and cool. Yeah, she’s been a great character to live with for the last three seasons.”

The fourth and final season of the Seth Rogen/Sam Catlin/Evan Goldberg-created, written and produced drama opens Sunday, Aug. 4, and finds God’s endgame beginning to click into place as Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy (Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun) make their way to the Most High to try to prevent the end of the world.

That will undoubtedly mean more action scenes for Featherstone, a take-charge character that Emery says has “something very broken inside.”

“Season 4 pushed me and Featherstone both to my physical and emotional limits and that’s saying a lot,” she explains. “And we’re definitely going to see Featherstone with some of my favorite relationships, so we’re going to see some Featherstone/Tulip action again, there are multiple fantastic storylines with Herr Starr (Pip Torrens). That relationship is going to get complicated this season.

“It was a pleasure to shoot this season,” she continues. “If we’re going to go out, I’m glad we’re going out on our own terms and I definitely have a very satisfying final Featherstone season.”


Full name: Julie Ann Emery

Birth date: Jan. 16, 1975

Birthplace: Crossville, Tenn.

Alma mater: Webster University

Family ties: Married to stage actor Kevin Earley

TV credits include: “The Drew Carey Show,” “Providence,” “ER,” “CSI: Miami,” “Alias,” “Line of Fire,” “Commander in Chief,” “Bones,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Army Wives,” “October Road,” “Dexter,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Cupid,” “Royal Pains,” “Then We Got Help!,” “Damages,” “Suits,” “Perception,” “Fargo,” “Unforgettable,” “Better Call Saul,” “Masters of Sex,” “Major Crimes,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Code Black,” “Notorious,” “The Mick,” “Preacher,” “Catch-22”

Movie credits include: “Reality Check” (2002), “Hitch” (2005), “House” (2008), “The Letter” (2012), “Gifted” (2017), “I Hate Kids” (2019), “Life Support” (forthcoming)

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George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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