Published On: Fri, Feb 18th, 2011

Jennifer Carpenter talks “Dexter”: Deb to learn Dexter’s secret


While Jennifer Carpenter made have made a splash in the 2005 film The Exorcism of Emily Rose, it’s her role on Dexter that is now garnering attention.

While promoting a role in the Second Stage production of “Gruesome Playground Injuries” Carpenter previewed the new season and Deb learning Dexter’s big secret.

“The executive producers and writers and I had a lot of conversations about it because that was a far lean for Debra to make,” Carpenter said of the big twists to close out last season and the “escape” of Dexter’s love interest.

“It was quite extreme for her. When I played the moment, it felt absolutely true. It felt absolutely like something she would do – especially after seeing what those girls had been through and relating it her own story with Rudy in season one. But it was tough, I can’t lie. I feel like Debra is a cop through and through – but that doesn’t mean there won’t be repercussions for her change of heart next season.”

So, how much does Carpenter think her character know.

“Debra has had a hand in solving every major case that’s come through the police department, so she has to know something is not right about him. But Dexter is the only link to her childhood so she can’t put too much focus there, or she risks losing the last connection to her past and the only connection to any kind of family in her future.”

Like the fans, Jennifer tells the NY Post that she’s ready for Deb to know the truth:I’m excited to play the scene however they write it.”

Dexter season 2 begins September 30.



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