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.”