Hi, how are you? I'm good.
How are you? Good.
Thanks so muchfor chatting with me.
I know you're super, super busy right now.
I've been seeing all ofyour Instagram posts.
We're on lunch right now.
Well, I'lltry and be fairly quick.
I'll jump right in.
So I saw that you recently shared a throwback Thursday image of you and Snoop Dogg, which I thought was hilarious and awesome.
I'm wondering if you can give ussome context about that and tell us what he's like.
I wish it wasa more exciting story, but we were both guests at thesame time on the George Lopez show where he had a nighttime, late night show.
I don't know if youremember that.
I was pregnant, so itwas five years ago.
We were just both– I wasa guest and then he was there after me or before me, but just I knew he was there onthat show I played the tin whistle which is an Irish flute.
And I played Gin and Juice.
I did see that! Okay, yes, yes, yes, I remember that.
Yes, that's awesome.
That's all it was.
I mean it was really cool to beable to hang out for a second, and it was very low key we'llsay, and he was awesome.
He was just so cool andso nice, super tall.
Yes, that was a pretty solid TBT picture, so I was a little jealous.
It's just that.
Okay, so you began your acting careerearly 2000's, right, or around 2000? Yes, I started out in LA.
Around that? Okay.
I was in theater justbefore then, but yes.
So I'm wondering whoor what inspired you early on in your professional acting career,and further who did you admire in the film and TV world? Wow.
Let me think.
One little interesting tidbit iswhen I first– I was touring with a musical, Anything Goes, that closed down in LA and so I was like, Well let me just stay out here.
I think I'm just going to spend the week.
Let me just stay here for a little bit and see what it's like and try to get on some sets and justsee how the whole thing works.
And I started doing extra work, actually, and I ended up regularlyworking on Providence.
Oh, yes, yes, yes.
Which goes back a little bit, butthat was definitely the first time I was on a set, kind of sawhow the whole thing worked, and I watched actors doing their thing, and I was like, Oh, wow,this is really cool.
So that was definitely inspiring to me, just that experience as a whole, just doing regular extrawork on Providence, just being on a set for theday for the first time.
So that– it's not exactlywhat you asked.
No, it is.
It was just a good experience that I hadfor sure and then through this [inaudible].
I mean, kind of related, if there was one actor or actress in particular that maybe you looked up to whenyou were first starting out.
Like I had worked with or something? I mean my first big thing was, youknow where I had a lot of lines, was Star Trek Enterprise.
So, I mean, just as far as theactress that I worked with closely in this show, ConnorTrinneer and Scott Bakula and Rene Auberjonois.
I mean, those were reallymy first experience.
I remember going up to them and being like, Look, I've only done theater.
I want you to tell me if I'm doing this wrong or too big or any makes sense.
So really for me, it was more justnot like a person that I emulated.
I just sort of loved when I wouldwork with people who are really giving and sincere, andon top of their shit, you know.
It's inspiring to me to work withpeople who really know their lines.
It sounds like such a simple thing,but it's not always the case.
Yes, that makes sense.
So you play a police officer on Bosch which is an Amazon original series.
It was picked up for a secondseason, so congrats on that, super, super exciting.
And do we know when seasontwo will premiere yet? I think it's February again, butJanuary or February of next year.
We're through with shooting — we're like on episode five,I think, right now.
And I've started going back and forth and doing– you know, I went– I was there for episode three and I think I'm going to be back in like 17 or something – I don't know.
I'm working it out withVampire Diaries, but.
-Yes, sothey're going strong.
They're already, I guess,almost half way through.
I love that.
The seasons are so short now.
So having ashow on Amazon means that, as you know, people can juststream them all at once.
What makes that show a solidbinge-watching show or why should people choose it as this weekendsshow to binge-watch? Because so many people spend theirweekends just having binge-watch parties.
Yes, I know, right? Me too.
Well the really cool thingabout Bosch is that it's based on Michael Connelly's novel andthere's like 18 or 19.
You know, there's so much good stuffin those books for them to draw on to the series.
So I mean, I think that's definitelya unique thing to the show.
A lot of shows, they getpicked up and they start going and they don't necessarilyknow where they are going and they don't necessarily have all the materials.
But with Bosch, we have so much stuff to pull from.
So I mean, I think that is definitely a neat thing for Bosch and the Amazon thing.
I don't know, I just liked that it is a great show to sort of sit down and watch and it's not incredibly fast paced, which I kind of like.
It doesn't rush and and it sort oflets the moment breathe and it's not like fast, fast, TV, TV, youfeel like you're really in the world of these characters.
And, so when I startedbinging the first season, even though I was in itand stuff, you're like, It's slow, but by the time it'sover – it's not slow in a bad way but you know, it's moving at it'sown pace – and by the time it's over you're like, Yes, and immediately moveon to the next one.
Yes, it's thoughtfulI would say – it's not– I think so many shows try and cramso much in at once where the story isn't always developed as fully, and I feel like that's the case with your show.
Yes, the story is there.
Anyway, that's really cool.
So what is it like, though, asan actress knowing that people can just sit down, watch the whole season a sitting versus traditional TV on air series that you've beenpart of where people have to eagerly wait, right, each week,by week, by week.
Is that weird for you, or I don't know.
I'm just curious of your thoughts on that, and maybe how people perceive itor how they– your conversations on social media with fans on different shows.
It's definitely strange tonot necessarily know where people are.
Do you know what I mean? With Vampire Diaries, 24 or whatever, like I know what people are watching.
Oh yes, that's right [?] where X,Y,Z happens, and withBosch I'm kind of like, Oh, I don't know if they're like,seeing my naked butt right now.
[crosstalk] And so, I have no radarfor where everybody is.
I mean, this thing aboutbinge-watching is you sort of lose the – what is it called – thewater cooler chit-chat the next day.
But, then you have people.
But at the same time, Wait, wait, wait, where are you? Yes.
Then you have people –like I know at work for me, we have a few of us watchingit and then we'll have to say, Like, okay, did you see.
? and then they'll stop.
Like, wait, wait, wait, no.
So actually in some ways I feel likepeople are more amped and hyped about it because they don'twant you to tell anything.
But that's awesome.
I want to touch on.
Yes, I know.
There's a whole.
No, no, I was just going to saythere's a whole– when you're trying to talk about a show with yourfriend and there's a whole scary spoiler thing, you know like–wait, which episode are you on? I don't want to mess it up, you know.
And I want to touch on 24 realquick, just curious of what that was like playing an FBI agent and howyou prepared for such a role and then, further, did that help youat all prepare or think more about your role as a cop on Bosch? Yes so, in 24 I was cast, like I thinkon Saturday and I think I started the next Wednesday, there was no time to Oh, let me go hang out with Jeff Sage.
So it's definitely like, I wasjust thrown into it and it was like Okay here we go.
But obviously I worked so closelywith Kiefer, so on that show in particular all I really had to dowas sort of show up and observe and soak it all in.
Watch how he was doingthings.
I pick up veryeasily on things like loading guns and you know some people, it'shard to make that look natural, but all of the– evenrunning, it sounds silly, but even running is something thatsometimes people – it's seems hard to do.
But, I'mpretty precise in doing [?] kind of stuff which ended up being super helpful with 24.
I wanted to do all my own stunts, I was gung-ho foranything and everything.
After season 7, I did to go toQuantico and I did these– I helped them with these videosthat they were making.
They needed just like sort ofspokesperson kind of thing.
It was all about closed circuitmonitoring for businesses and stuff, and so, they needed aperson to sort of be the host I guess, of those kind of.
But anyway, so in exchange for coming and helping them with those, I got to meet some SEALs and some really heavy duty FBI people and I got to see allof the different departments and shoot some guns and fly in a helicopter, and I mean that was amazing.
It was only three days, but itwas unbelievably amazing.
Yes, that's so wild.
Yes, so that was really cool, andthen same thing of course when I got to Bosch that’s when Renee was very seasoned even though she'd come up through the ranks pretty quickly, but she's been around a littlebit even though she was younger, but Brasher she's been inthe mix for like three months.
She likes to think that she knowseverything when she clearly does not.
And so, that was like I didn'tneed– she didn't need to be perfect.
I didn't need to be perfect in mypreparation for her because she wasn't perfect.
But we did have these reallywonderful detectives that are on site with us.
They're actually homicidedetectives and Mitzi Roberts was the female one and I justpicked her brain all the time.
She's not a uniform officeranymore but she started that way.
I mean I could sit and listen to hertell stories for hours and hours.
I really loved just listening toall that kind of stuff and soaking it up and trying to use someof it here and there.
Yes, for sure.
And then I won'tspend too much time on 24, but I know in the past there was aton of chatter about a possible 24 movie.
I haven't heard anythingin a while and I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but do you thinkthere's any chance ever of that happening? I think that was definitely in the process beforethey came back and did this last reboot.
I remember a timewhen Kiefer was like, Oh yes, I have a greatscript for the 24 movie.
So there's definitely been differentincarnations of scripts for the 24 movie and then I think itturned into the last series.
I mean, I know that Kiefer is definitely, I think, going to be away from itfor a little while but I would never put it out of– I can envisionan old Jack Bauer.
Coming back in to the forcelike ten years from now.
Hopefully it won't be that long.
But I don't know.
I think we're.
-Who knows? But, maybe that's just my wishful thinking.
Well then I'lljump to Vampire Diaries.
That premiers October 8th.
Can you share– I'm sureyou can't share too much, but anything of what wecan expect in season 7? Yes.
For season 7 whichwill start next Thursday.
I think there's all this questionabout how the show is going to be without Elena, without Nina, andthe whole reboot and everything.
And I feel like people are goingto be really pleasantly surprised.
I feel like they've done this greatjob of really giving it a fun energy, a good reboot.
My heretics family is now in themix, and you know they are ready to cause a little chaosand enter into them, keep them behaving.
-And keep thepeace.
In Lily's ideal world, everybodywould sort of get along.
She could have Damien and Stefan andher heretics and everybody would be just one big happy family.
But then, there wouldn't reallybe much of a TV show if everybody was just getting along.
It's got a really cool energy to it, andthere's these amazing flash-forwards that they're doing now thatevery episode flashes to three years later, and then theycome back to present day, so I feel that's a really great,interesting new twist, that you watch those little flash-forwardsand you're like, Wait what? You see theanswers kind of a thing, and there's this really wonderfulstuff for Lily so far.
-[?] no big deal.
Well we can't wait.
Where can people find you on social media? I know you're on Twitterand Instagram right? On Twitter, that handles your last name, I think, right? Yes, so Twitter is just @wersching,and my Instagram is anniewersching.
I have a Facebook fan page as well,which is just Annie Wersching.
I don't know! Those are my maintwo Twitter and Instagram.
Well thank you so much.
I know you have a next call, but Ireally appreciate you taking the time to chat with me, andgood luck with everything.
Sure! Thank you so much.
Good to talk to you.