'Under the Dome': Rachelle Lefevre wants to be buried with 'She Comes Undone'
On CBS' summer hit "Under the Dome," Rachelle Lefevre plays Julia, who, like many of the other characters she's played, is fearless.
Julia is a reporter, and like Lefevre's other recent TV roles as doctors, she is a strong, determined woman. This time, however, Lefevre didn't shadow a journalist to inform her character.
"Normally when I am playing a certain profession, I do spend time with cops and doctors," she tells Zap2it from Wilmington, N.C., where the show was shooting. "There is something about playing a journalist, as a solo mission, and it is something one can excel at or be bad at. I was less interested in the skill and more interested in what kind of person becomes a journalist."
Julia is a doctor's wife, or as the audience knows from the show's beginning, a doctor's widow, so Julia would have more money than most print reporters working on a small-town daily. To Lefevre, it makes sense that Julia wears $200 jeans but keeps her real in not wearing heels to chase down stories.
"It takes a really independent spirit to be alone a lot, even alone among people, and she is a stranger among them," she says.
Lefevre's independent spirit was fostered in a book-filled home with her father, an English professor, and her mother, a psychologist. At 34, she feels her goals broadening.
"I used to think in a much more career-oriented way," she says. "I would like to make this many movies or be on a television show. And now in my 30s, they are much more fluid and abstract things. I do love and accept myself. I could not care less what people think of me. I am more comfortable showing my weaknesses to people and being vulnerable. At the risk of sounding New Age, my goals are far more spiritual than achievement-oriented."
Home: "Where I put my suitcase"
Credits: "A Gifted Man," "Off the Map," "The Summit," "Swingtown," "Boston Legal," "What About Brian," "The Class"
New project: "I just registered a food blog which I am going to do. It's not actually functioning yet. Passthebutterblog.com. That will be my new hobby, food that I cook and food that I eat because I travel so much. It will be more journaling and recommendations."
Actors who influenced her: Laura Linney "and women who are so smart. They ooze it. Allison Janney is incredible. Cate Blanchett, Katharine Hepburn -- forever and always."
Favorite movies: " 'Braveheart' and 'Shawshank Redemption.' 'Stage Door.' "
Favorite books: "I want to be buried with a copy of 'She's Come Undone' by Wally Lamb. It's a coming-of-age story. 'Memoirs of a Geisha,' 'Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef,' 'The Complete Works of Dorothy Parker.'"
Favorite music: "It is the source of agony to anyone who has ever been in my car -- country music. Dixie Chicks is my favorite band. Patty Griffin is amazing. Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan. I love Taylor Swift. The part of me that will forever be 17 will always love Taylor Swift."
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