Exclusive Video Interview: Gina Bellman and Noah Wyle on Leverage: Redemption, Coming to IMDb TV 7/9

Leverage: RedemptionJuly 9th Leverage: Redemption comes to IMDb TV. The show, which is a sequel to the original hit series, follows the Leverage crew years later. When the rich and powerful take advantage of others, the team, led by Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman) is there to help provide justice – and leverage. Down a man, the team finds help in Harry Wilson (Noah Wyle), a lawyer looking for redemption. The team also includes thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf), hitter Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge), and his foster sister, Breanna Casey (Aleyse Shannon).

Recently, the cast of the series, including Bellman and newcomer and director Wyle, talked to Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview about the new season.

Be sure to check out the transcript following the video interview.



SCIFI VISION:
  Hi, guys. Thanks for talking today. I really, really enjoyed the first eight episodes that we got to see. So I want to start with you, Noah…I had read that Dean [Devlin] originally approached you as a director. How did it come about that you [ended up being] in the show? And was it written for you?

Noah WyleNOAH WYLE:
   
Ah, well, Leverage was gonna come back, and then lots of things happened. Then, it had to be restructured, and Dean called me, basically. I’d gotten to direct a lot on The Librarians, so he likes me as a director, and I think that would have been a call I would have gotten, but then I got this other call saying, “We need a character to help bring this team back together. We need a catalyst character. Would you be willing to sign up for a year and just come in and play this part, a corporate lawyer, fixer type looking to redeem himself? And that's going to be the new theme of this show, redemption. So, we use your character as a bit of a spine for the new ethic but really as an excuse to bring our team back together, and there would be directing opportunities built into that.” But that was how it was proposed to me, initially. [It] was, “Do you want to come play Michael Clayton who's trying to change his life?” And I thought, “That's an intriguing idea. Sure.”

SCIFI VISION:  
And Gina, I just have to say, I think I probably watch Coupling again every year; [laughs] it still makes me laugh so much.

What was it like getting the call to come back to Leverage? Were you surprised, or did you think it was always going to happen?

GINA BELLMAN:
   
…There's like, two dimensions where one reality I wasn't surprised, because I knew that there was this army of people that were just putting one foot in front of the other every day, month after month, year after year, to make it happen, but on the other hand, it came completely out of the blue. I just got a phone call from Dean, and he's not someone - I adore him, but he's not someone that I check in with a lot. And the phone call came, and he just said, “Hey, how do you feel about getting the band back together?” And I just felt this electricity run through me, and there was not a moment's hesitation. I think I just screamed. I was just so excited and happy, and it's just been just a joy ride ever since then.

SCIFI VISION:  
Can you both kind of talk about how Harry sort of changes the dynamic between the group, because obviously he makes it a lot different?

Gina BellmanGINA BELLMAN:   
I think that, for me, from my point of view, it works on two levels. I mean, I think in terms of an actor, it's really useful to have new lead characters, because you get to see the existing characters through their eyes. So, instead of having to write lots of scenes where the existing characters are kind of revealing themselves, you're actually meeting them through the eyes of the new character. So, I think it works really well in terms of of seeing that through their lens.

Then, I think in terms of my journey as my character, as Sophie, I think that she sees Harry as a sort of kindred spirit. She recognizes that he's on a similar journey to her. He's looking for some purpose; he’s looking for some meaning. I think there’s this sort of a slight tension. She always sleeps with one eye open; she's not completely trusting, but I think she likes having - not that the others aren't grownups, but because she's had a maternal relationship with with them over the years, she likes having her equal, being around her equal.

SCIFI VISION:  
And Noah, you joined a cast who’ve been working together for so long. Was it hard to kind of mesh with them?

NOAH WYLE:   
It's surprisingly easy, you know, and mostly it’s because they're all such one wonderful and welcoming people. Also it was because, in some ways, it was their first day of school as well. It's been a while, since they don't work together. We were all going back to work in a very challenging time. So, everybody was finding their footing, and I knew a lot of the crew, but mostly, it just felt seamless. It just felt like that was exactly where I wanted to be, and that the character fit really well as a catalyst with this show. And I just enjoyed every second of being down there; I really did.

SCIFI VISION:  
Did you guys watch any of [the original] before starting again?

NOAH WYLE: 
  
Not together we didn't, but I certainly gave myself a bit of a Leverage education, so I could come in and understand the tone, which is really specific, and also understand the mythology, which is really important. These characters aren't starting in a vacuum, even though a new viewer can start with Episode One of Leverage: Redemption and be completely entertained. I think their enjoyment will only be enriched the more of the mythology they're familiar with.

SCIFI VISION:  
Did you go back at all, Gina?

Noah Wyle and Gina BellmanGINA BELLMAN:   
Yeah, I did. I'm not a big one for watching myself. I'm not one of those actors that like runs to the monitor. I very rarely like to look at myself, but I did. I did go back and watch a few episodes from each season, just to see the arc really, and I wanted to get the tone…I mean, I really enjoyed watching them, but I think by the time we got on set, hearing the lines that are written so well for our characters, and the new characters have such strong voices of their own, that it all just became a kind of tap dance, you know, very straight away seamlessly.

SCIFI VISION:  
All right, great. Well, thank you so much, guys. Like I said, I really enjoyed it, so I can't wait to see the rest once they send them.

NOAH WYLE:
   
Thanks for watching the first eight. Wow.

SCIFI VISION:  
Yeah.

GINA BELLMAN:   
Did you have a favorite episode, Jamie?

SCIFI VISION: 
 
I don't know. I just loved how it just felt like it was back in the original series. It felt like no time passed. I think that was my favorite part about it.

GINA BELLMAN:   
Good. Great.

SCIFI VISION: 
 
All right. Well, thanks so much, guys. Have a good day. Bye bye.

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