A few weeks ago, I was invited to tour the set of Pan Am, which airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. on ABC. A fan of the show, I was not only very excited to walk through the replica of the Boeing 707 but also to visit Silvercup Studios in Brooklyn for the first time. I’ll be reporting more on my trip to the set in the next few weeks and posting photos from the experience, but first things first, I got to interview Christina Ricci, an actress I have been a fan of for a very long time. I can’t believe that it was 22 years ago that I first saw her in Mermaids alongside Cher, and since then some of my favorite independent movies including The Opposite of Sex and The Ice Storm. She’s dabbled in television, too, appearing on Ally McBeal, Grey’s Anatomy (she won an Emmy Award) and Saving Grace. I was curious how she likes working on this show, living in New York City and more, and Ricci was very honest, very open and very excited to be working on stage this spring.
Read the interview and find out what she’s up to and why you can catch her on the L train.
How do you like working on TV vs. film?
CR: I love it! It is a very similar process but with TV it is much longer and with the same people. The hours are more intense and the pace is faster. It’s really fun to be with the character for the amount of time. It’s fun to change little nuances. It was fun.
What was it about this script that made you want to transition to TV?
CR: Well, I have been looking to get into TV for a long time, actually. I have been doing this for a really long time and lots of traveling and different films. I have been looking for a more stable lifestyle, a regular lifestyle. A regular job. I thought TV was a great way to facilitate that and I also started seeing how the better writing was on TV. Better talent is on TV these days. So, I started looking. I always enjoyed guest starring on TV. I loved the work and how work was approached. So, I was looking for a while and I this just came up as an opportunity. I really liked the concept. I liked that it was on an airline. That seemed different to me. I liked learning about the history of Pan Am. I knew nothing about that. I really love the 60s and I am drawn to this period. I find it fascinating. And I liked the people involved. I have a lot of respect for everyone on the show.
What traits do you like about your character?
CR: I like that she is sort of like the ‘wild card.’ I like that she had to work her way to the top – that she doesn’t come from money or a traditional background. I like that she had to create herself from what she perceived to be nothing and I like the fact that she sees herself as inferior. She takes risks. A lot of people can relate to it. Those are the things that get us in trouble in life and destructive behaviors, but it makes her very human.
How have you liked hanging out in NYC the past couple of months?
CR: Oh, I been having a great time. I have been living in Brooklyn and really enjoying it. It reminds of the Lower East Side – where I lived as a teenager. Then I moved away. I have been away for 10, 11 years. When I came back it’s so different…at least Manhattan is. Brooklyn reminds me of the way Manhattan was when I was a teenager. I love living in Brooklyn.
Do you like the trains?
CR: I’m not very close to a train stop, but I will be moving for this play so I will be close to a train soon.
CR: I’m doing Midsummer’s Night Dream in Classic Stage Company in March, so, yeah, I will be taking the train on a regular basis. Look for me on the L.
Disclosure: I was a guest of One 2 One Marketing. I was not compensated to attend this junket but I was provided with a $25 American Express card to cover my travel expenses.