“American Idol” runner-up Crystal Bowersox is back on your TV screens – but this time, she’s guest-starring on “Body of Proof.” She tells Zap2it a little bit about her shady character.

“My character’s name is Zoey Brant. She’s incarcerated for beating up her drug dealer, or whatever implied relationship she had with him,” says Bowersox. “She’s in work-release program at a horse therapy facility and there’s some kind of accident. She comes into question, but I can’t tell you whether she’s guilty or not. But it was a lot of fun.”

We had no idea Crystal would be playing such a hardened character, so we wondered if it was a huge stretch for her, but Crystal tells us she has some things in common with Zoey.

“Zoey’s a bad-a** chick. She’s made a few mistakes. She’s a young mother as well,” says Crystal. “I’m a bad-a** at heart, but I would never do those things because I’m a mom. But Zoey is incarcerated, she can’t see her daughter, it stresses her relationship with her mom. There were lots of aspects of Zoey’s character I could empathize with and relate to, so it was a good role.”

We can’t wait to see her acting debut, which Crystal says is something she’s always wanted to try. But don’t worry – Crystal isn’t abandoning her music to be the next big TV star.

“It’s more of a branch off a tree,” says Bowersox. “I went to a performing arts high school, but I focused mostly on music, but drama is something I’ve always wanted to do. I just never actively pursued it.”

“I’ve got a list of material for the next album and I’ll be recording over the wintertime,” Crystal continues. “I’m hoping for a spring, maybe summer release.”

Crystal’s episode of “Body of Proof” airs Tuesday night (Oct. 25) at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Check out the preview clip above and don’t forget to tune in.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."