Break-Up Blonde

Reiko Aylesworth, who plays Rachel Tobin on the new season of Damages. (Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

She’s played an intelligence agent on 24, a member of the Dharma Initiative on Lost and co-starred in AVPR: Aliens Vs. Predator – Requiem, among many other credits over the last 17 years. Now Reiko Aylesworth is portraying Rachel Tobin, a member of a Madoff-like family that is under siege from the public and Patty Hewes’ law firm on Damages. In late January a small press gaggle got to quickly chat up Aylesworth on the red carpet just prior to the Damages Season Three premiere event, and here’s what we got.

How does it feel to play a blonde?
You know, I’ve been adjusting to playing a blonde for about six months, and I’m not used to it yet. I don’t think I’ll ever be used to it. But I had a breakup, and it’s break-up blonde. It was either shave it all off or go blonde.

So this wasn’t for the show, but for you?
Yeah, it was totally for me. So I’ll see how it goes.

Do blondes have more fun?
No, I just broke up.  But I’m on Damages, so I am having fun. As I go darker, you’ll see my heart’s mending.

Are we going to see your character get to tango with either Ellen or Patty?
Possibly. I’ve heard rumors. We’re only about midway through [shooting] the season right now, so I’m hoping. Both of them are such great actresses that I would love to do a little two-step [with them].

Aylesworth as Michelle Dessler on "24".

Who do you think would win in a battle, Jack Bauer or Patty Hewes?
That’s a good question. It depends on what the playing field is. I think Patty would drink him under the table. I think if it’s germ warfare it’s going to be Patty. If it’s heavy arms artillery, it’s going to be Jack. They’re bad asses. I think they could do a Hart To Hart series.

What is it like on set to see Glenn go from being in character as Patty back to her normal self?
It is weird, and almost creepier because she’s so nice that you’re thinking, “Where do you pull that from?” Not that her character is. Her character has a higher purpose. What I love about Glenn’s work is that you don’t know what’s going to happen because she hasn’t judged a character, so it keeps it a surprise.

Have you ever seen Glenn use the Patty Hewes look on set?
No, I haven’t, and I hope I never do. I never want to be in the way of that look. She’s amazing.

What’s it like to have all these comedians on the set of Damages? Are they cracking everybody up?
Yeah, they are. It’s funny because you’d think when you meet comedians in person that they would be serious or cranky, but they’re funny. They’re just naturally funny people and sweet as can be.

The show is very dark and serious, so what is the atmosphere like on-set?
It’s really fun. It’s the same with 24. You have such earnest characters that you have to crack up at it, and so it’s easy to laugh at, which makes it easy to shoot.

Who has the hardest time keeping a straight face?

3 Responses

  1. Terry Alleger

    Thank you. I enjoyed that interview. She is so funny herself. Going blond because she broke up with someone. Ok, someone has to explain that one. Then telling us that as her heart mends she will go darker again. Interesting, I wonder where that comes from. I never did anything like that. I would just give back their rings. Knowing it was hard enough breaking their hearts and ending the relationship.

  2. Terry Alleger

    I heard rumor that Reiko Aylesworth will be on SGU in April sometime. Could you do another interview.
    So far I loved her in Damages. Haven’t seen her do a two step with Patty or Ellen yet on Damages but I love all her work.

  3. StarGate rulz

    Reiko will also be in Season 2 of SGU.

    If you interview Reiko again ask her when she will do some actual nudity.. a LOT of her fans would like to see her amazing body fully naked.


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