Moon Bloodgood is best known for her roles in films like Eight Below, Pathfinder, and Terminator: Salvation. Now the 36 year-old’s current role as Anne Glass in the TNT science fiction TV drama Falling Skies has her returning for a highly anticipated second season.
The series tells the story of a group of survivors banding together to fight back against alien invaders on Earth, which includes Bloodgood’s character, a doctor. The series begins its second season and the actress talks about what to expect, especially in her budding romance with Tom Mason, played by Noah Wyle
“We do at some point pick up right where we left off,” Moon says, “I think you’re going to see us consummate, but it’s very subtle and very beautiful and it’s very sweet and very nuanced.”
“We’re not holding our hands walking down the street kissing all the time,” she continues, I think there’s bigger fish to fry, but it’s there and it’s definitely a relationship that becomes more developed, more like we’re in an official relationship that everybody knows about now. The coconut oil scene was amazing. I remember this.”
We asked Moon what she’d offer in a post-apocalyptic world.
“I know Colin [Cunningham], he could do anything,” Bloodgood says, “Colin has a pipe that he turned into a saxophone. Colin can do everything. Also, plumbers are really important.”
Bloodgood was asked what medical skills she had to learn to play Anne Glass.
“I feel like medically, I really didn’t learn a lot, because I couldn’t retain it,” Moon says, “ \But then, sometimes I’ll feel, because I shadowed a couple of the pediatricians, I’ll be in a conversation and I’ll be like, ‘Oh, yeah, you actually do need that shot for this.’ Something random will come out or I’ll understand more like what the stethoscope does or red blood cells, the little things. But overall, I think I retain it and I don’t feel like I learn that much more. Colin even helped
“And you think that’s an easy word, but I had paragraphs, ‘And then we’re going to transfer the blood cells and heat them to this temperature,’ and it was all this jargon and I feel good that was able to do it because I was really intimidated by it,” she continues, “I’m a little dyslexic. The words kind of intimidated me. Colin was always there to help. Sometimes I was really scared of him, because I thought I was not doing a good job. But I was so scared because his mom was a nurse and he had been doing it forever, but I think I held my own. I think I’m good at faking it as an actor. Why is medical jargon so damn hard? It does not sound like anything that you can relate to. Why can’t it just be simple like primary words. There were certain things that I was like, man, here comes that scene, ugh, oh my God! Let me get through it.”
Moon was asked how she became such a fixture on the science fiction genre.
“The reason I get hired is because everyone sees Asian women as the future,” she believes, “If you watch Blade Runner, it’s like Tokyo and Asians and also like ethnically ambiguous, so I think the way that I look physically is that I’m a hybrid of what they say the future is going to be. We’re not just going to be one race, so I think there’s that.”
“But I also love science fiction,” Bloodgood adds, “I really do. I love it. Sometimes I get bored with certain parts because I feel like I’ve seen it, but anytime Alien’s on, I tune into it, I quote lines. It does something to me that I can’t. I also like horror films. I get an endorphin rush from it.
Bloodgood also talked about the alien dissection scenes Anne does in the series.
“Seychelle [Gabriel] and I love it, especially when there’s KY jelly and the steam,” Moon says, “I find the hardest scenes for me are the medical stuff and sometimes the emotional stuff because I don’t know if I can go there. It’s really vulnerable.”
“Action stuff, medical stuff, blood and guts, none of that bothers me,” she adds, “I feel really comfortable. I think it’s my dance background. No, I like it. I feel I get to be masculine. It’s the vulnerable, feminine stuff that I actually have a harder time with.”
Moon was asked about how she enjoys working with tennis balls and CGI effects.
“We really don’t have much of it,” Bloodgood says, “I don’t really feel that we have to work with a green screen stuff. We have a guy in a puppet.”
Falling Skies is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. She told us about how long she and the cast stays over there.
“Five months,” Moon says, “I only came back once or twice and that was because it was Christmas and Thanksgiving. I stayed out there because they actually like you to stay. We were out there, man. You were a Canadian for five months. It’s covered in rain. They call it like a rainforest. It’s wet. We had to act less.”
Moon talks about some of the aliens she and the cast get to fight in Falling Skies.
“I love the way the Overlord looks though,” Bloodgood notes, “I think he’s so sleek. I think the mechs are real scary. We have some other ones that freak you out, but we can’t talk about them.”
We asked Bloodgood how much of the mapped-out storyline is revealed to the cast on an episode-to-episode basis.
“Very little,” Moon answers, “What did you hear?’ You’re fishing for it all the time, but what do you know. We’re
We also asked Moon whether she worries about when Anne dies in the next episode.
“Totally,” Bloodgood says, “I was like in the hair and makeup chair like, ‘Am I dying this week? Does anybody know? Am I dying?”
Bloodgood tells us of what it is like to see Falling Skies as a viewer apart from acting in it.
“You get to enjoy it because as you see it, you can objectively know if it’s good,” she says, “You have no idea. You’re too into it. When you’ve had a little bit of distance, you’ve gone home, and gotten some sleep, suddenly, the sound effects kick in and suddenly you see the other performances and you go, wow, I didn’t see this.”
“I read that and this scene was not the way I read it on the script, something different happened,” Moon continues, “So you get much more of a better perspective when there is some distance after a while.”
Moon was asked whether seeing herself act better informs her choices.
“Sometimes,” Bloodgood says, “I don’t know.”
Bloodgood was also asked how it felt getting to do an action scene as Anne in one episode.
“I think I needed a break from it and I got to do an episode when I got to run and scream and fall and that was like, oh, my God,” Moon says, “It was 207 and I was like, this is in my blood, this is who I am. I’m not like an actor actor. I’m an action girl and I felt like I came alive and I do miss it a little bit.”
“I miss it because I think it’s something I’ve never been afraid of,” she continues, “I’ve always liked guns and it’s a masculine side of me that I embrace it and I do. So they’ll give me a little, but you can’t steer too far off the character. Anne’s not a bad-ass character, she’s a bad-ass medic, but I’m not going