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If you know Kelly Hu, you know she is a woman you take seriously. Whether she’s playing a creepy vampire on “The Vampire Diaries” or a Triad assassin on “Arrow,” Hu makes her tough girl roles work. We will be seeing that again in the “Castle” episode, “Death Gone Crazy,” airing on Monday (Jan. 21).

In the episode, Hu guest-stars as Scarlett Jones, the bodyguard to Beau Randolf, the founder of “College Girls Gone Crazy,” a hit video franchise. When Randolf turns up dead, everyone around him is a suspect.

What do we know about Hu’s role?

Kelly Hu: I can say I play a bodyguard whose body she’s guarding ends up getting killed. A bad bodyguard. I’m actually a suspect in this episode and there’s also an attraction between my character and Jon Huertas‘ character, Esposito.

We do get to go on a date. We get to go on a little date and during the date, there’s a little surprise.

Will this new lady in Esposito’s life cause problems with Lanie (Tamala Jones)?

Kelly Hu: I hear there’s a bit of a thing going on between them that everybody is sort of rooting for. So I expect I’m probably going to get some hate mail after this. I know there’s some pretty rabid fans out there of this show.

Note: Tamala Jones did tell us that she and Esposito might be sharing some romantic time in the coming Valentine’s Day episode. Click here for the details!

What’s up with all of Hu’s action roles?

Kelly Hu: I really enjoy doing it, just become I can. But the older I get, the harder it gets. So I’m sort of trying to get away from that. But it just keeps pulling me in.

It’s so funny though to get all these bodyguard roles. I don’t know why people think that I could actually guard anyone’s body. People just look at me and think, “Hmm… She looks like she can kick ass. I’ll hire her as a bodyguard!” I’m really nice!

Does she get a lot of action scenes in “Castle”?

Kelly Hu: You know, you would think so, because I do play a bodyguard. But I don’t. I don’t get any of the action this time.

Where else can we see Kelly Hu — besides in a returning stint as China White on “Arrow” — in the future?

Kelly Hu: I’m also recurring on another show called “Warehouse 13” that will be coming up soon. And I’ve got five episodes on that, and hopefully I’ll be coming back for the next season as well. I’ve been pretty busy between “Arrow,” with “Warehouse 13.”

And then I’ve got a lot of voiceover work that I do as well. I’m recurring on three different shows doing voiceover. On “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Phineas and Ferb” and “Young Justice.” Even in my voiceovers I get to do a lot of action stuff! Even my voice sounds like it’s the action chick! I don’t know what’s going on with that.

So much of my voiceover work in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Young Justice” is fight scenes. So I do a lot of grunting and a lot of yelling and stuff like that. And so I don’t know why people think my voice is tough, but for some reason, I keep getting cast as a tough girl — even in voiceover. It’s weird.

I like to think it’s because I can act. Whatever it is, I’m getting paid. So I’m happy.

“Death Gone Crazy” airs on Monday, Jan. 21 at 10pm on ABC.

Posted by:Laurel Brown