Action scenes are fun for Rebecca Romijn

The Librarians

The actress talks about her new role as an action star in the new TV series, The Librarians.

In her acting career, Rebecca Romijn has made something of a specialty of portraying characters who may look glamorous, but can definitely take care of themselves.

Whether playing the deadly Mystique in X-Men, or a former Secret Service agent-turned-private investigator in TV’s short-lived King & Maxwell, Romijn makes us believe that, if need be, she could fight her way out of a tight spot.

So, it’s not too much of a stretch to see Romijn in her latest role, as Colonel Eve Baird, a NATO counter-terrorism agent who’s tapped to become the guardian and protector of a group of brainy heroes in the new TV series The Librarians.

The new series, which was filmed in the metro area of Portland, Oregon in the United States and on Clackamas County soundstages last spring and summer, is a spinoff of the three Librarian TV movies that starred Noah Wyle that aired in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Wyle, who’s one of the executive producers of The Librarians, reprises his role as Flynn Carsen in the two-hour premiere, but he’ll be a recurring character after that (Wyle is busy starring in another TV series, Falling Skies.) Which means saving-the-world duties are inherited by a team of librarians-in-training.

Romijn’s Eve Baird must look after the newbies, who are played by Christian Kane (a veteran of Leverage, which also filmed in the Portland area and was produced by Electric Entertainment, the company behind The Librarians); Lindy Booth; and John Kim.

The librarians are new recruits to an age-old organisation that knows about all the magic and supernatural threats out there that are unbeknownst to average folks.

Though their headquarters are located beneath the Metropolitan Public Library in New York, The Librarians takes the new crew to an out-of-the-way library annex, located in none other than Portland. It’s presided over by Jenkins (John Larroquette), who’s not thrilled at having inexperienced newcomers showing up.

How did you get involved in The Librarians?

The script came to me and I initially was really attracted to it because of the genre. I grew up loving Indiana Jones. And I had not seen the (The Libriarian) movies.

And so when I watched the movies, I fell even more in love with it because of the comic tone, which Noah Wyle says is, “Indiana Jones if Indiana Jones was played by Don Knotts.” Which I love.

Can you talk about filming the series?

The whole show came together very, very quickly and I knew some of the people in the cast. We had such a good time making it. We shot in Portland from April until August. And you know, when you spend 90 hours a week with a group of people, you become like family.

But your family is back in Los Angeles.

I have kids who were still in Los Angeles for the first two months, finishing up their school year. So I was going back and forth every weekend to see my kids. And then once they were finished with school, they came up there and joined me up there. And my husband (actor Jerry O’Connell) was doing a play in New York at the time.

So when he was finished with his play, we all had a fantastic summer in Portland, once we were all together. We did Fourth of July out on the coast, and did the whole nine yards. It was fantastic.

What do you enjoy most about The Librarians?

I guess the genre of it, but combined with the comedy. We’re not a comic book. We’re not a group of comic-book characters. We’re not superheroes. There’s nothing dark or bleak about what we’re doing.

And you know, there are so many fantastic shows on cable now. They’re so smart and they’re dark, and they’re the kinds of shows that I love watching. But this hits a different tone. I’d like to think that we’re a great family show.”

What is it like playing an action heroine?

I love shooting action. Especially when you’re working long hours in hour-long television, and you’re memorising 10 pages of dialogue a day. It’s nice to put down the script and just down the street for a few hours and shoot an action sequence. It sort of breaks up your day.

I’m really good at dialogue memorisation, but learning fight choreography is kind of like learning a complicated dance. My brain is still getting used to it. But it’s really fun once you nail it.

Can you talk a bit about your character?

The way she approaches every single mission has to do with her NATO training. She’s all about making sure everybody’s safe. I would say that she always follows military protocol, except for that she’s in this very, very grey world, where magic exists. She doesn’t necessarily always know how to balance out her military prowess with magic.” — The Oregonian/Tribune News Service

The Librarians airs every Monday at 9pm on Universal Channel HD (HyppTV Ch 612).

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