Published On: Tue, Dec 17th, 2013

Alexa Davalos talks ‘Mob City’ Frank Darabont and being the woman in a ‘male world’

The Walking Dead co-creator Frank Darabont is back with the TNT drama Mob City and actress Alexa Davalos

Talking with Collider in a Dec. 17 interview Davalos begins by confessing Mob City is dominated by men.

alexa-davalos-mob-city photo“It’s a very, very male world.  It’s actually very period appropriate,” she says before explaining how she was drawn to the role as Jasmine Fontaine.

“I fell in love with her, the second Frank came to me with her.  I read eight pages that he had put together for me.  The interrogation scene was the first material I saw of her, and I just said, “Yes, where do I sign!”  I loved her, very much.  But, it’s more about the time period.  To be able to exist in that time period and be a dame in that time is just something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Darabont allows here actress a lot of freedom with the character.

“In the beginning, we were talking about developing the character together.  I was brought into the writers’ room, and we talked about my take on her, my idea of her backstory, who she is, and where she came from.  That was a very collaborative process.  Frank is somebody who just lets you go.  He’s like, “Okay, she’s yours now,” so you’re alone with the character, which is a real freedom.  There’s a real gift in that.  And at the same time, he knows exactly what he wants, down to an eyebrow.  So, you have this freedom, but you know that he’s there with a very keen eye and he’s seeing everything.  It’s an interesting duality to work with.  Frank lets you go, but he’s got you right in his clutches.” 

Check out the full interview HERE


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