Moon Bloodgood, the leading lady of Falling Skies, TNT's new alien-invasion drama, is a believer. "Do I think there is intelligent life somewhere out there? Yes, I do," she says. "I think it would be pretty arrogant of us to believe that we're all alone in this big universe." That said, the butt-kicking Terminator Salvation star isn't entirely sure she's ready for a meet-and-greet with a representative of an alien species. "If aliens came, I think I would be simultaneously fascinated and terrified," Bloodgood says. "Even if it was only one alien, I would be profoundly shaken and scared, but I would find it exhilarating at the same time, because the news of alien life would be both everything we hope is true and everything we're afraid of." Let's just hope that any extraterrestrial tourists that come our way aren't malevolent beings like in Falling Skies. "It seems like a long way to come just to pick a fight," Bloodgood says. "But who knows what will be on their minds?" Falling Skies airs at 9 p.m. CT Sundays on TNT.
What appealed to you about Falling Skies and your character, Anne Glass, the only doctor in a group of civilian survivors and resistance fighters?
"What blew my skirt up first was Steven Spielberg as the executive producer. He's a master storyteller. Then you've got Noah Wyle and you think, 'OK, really great actor, good lead.' Then Bob Rodat, who wrote Saving Private Ryan. Love that movie. And I love science fiction. I was a little wary at first. I was like, 'OK, how can I do another science fiction project?' I've done a few and some have failed and it's been a little disheartening. But when I looked at the script, it's about a family trying to put itself back together and I'm intrigued. I'm not one of the family members, but I'm part of the story and I'm close to Noah's character. And it's a departure from what I normally play. I get to play a doctor, someone very cerebral and softer and maternal and level-headed, as opposed to being athletic and running around shooting guns. This job isn't about my physicality for a change. And I knew that it was a good story. So what's not to like?"
The show explores themes of family unity, of coping with tragedy, of starting over themes that are relevant when millions of financially strapped families have lost everything, when our infrastructure is flirting with collapse. Is it exciting to you that the show is ambitious?
"That's why I watch science fiction. I don't like science fiction so I can watch two robots fight. I like science fiction because I get to work out all kinds of social issues. But I get to do it with the cover of it not being too close to home. Say, for example, that it's a story about racism. Somehow it's easier if one of the characters involved in the story is Klingon. I don't know why exactly, but sometimes it's more effective that way than when it's so straightforward. Science fiction is a way of getting people to see themselves in the mirror, warts and all. But we're able to look without turning away because it's a crazy funhouse mirror."
In addition to Terminator Salvation, your recent sci-fi projects include the short-lived TV series Day Break and Journeyman. Do you keep coming back to sci-fi because you're a fan? Or is it merely because you go where the work is?
"A little bit of both. But mostly it's because I like science fiction. There are times when I'm thinking, 'OK, I shouldn't keep doing things that fall under this big umbrella that we call sci-fi.' But if they're good projects and Falling Skies is a good project it's really hard to say no."
What do you most hope that people get out of watching the show?
"I never liked the idea of just being entertained. That isn't enough for me. I'm more greedy. So I would love for people to be moved. I want them to be inspired. I'm going to go for the gold."
We've established that you're a believer in alien life. Anything else you'd care to admit believing in today? Maybe the Loch Ness Monster? Or the Jersey Devil? Or Bigfoot?
"Well, I do find Bigfoot somewhat intriguing. That famous video of Bigfoot, that video that was shot decades ago, it still looks so real to me. You know the famous one that I'm talking about. I maintain that even the best actor in the world could not create that. That footage is like nothing I've ever seen."