The Reel Spin: First of all, congratulations on the show, I love it, I'm addicted.
Odette Annable: Thank you.
TRS: One of the things I love most about The Astronaut Wives Club is the way the show celebrates the strength of these women. Wouldn't you agree that the show is really a celebration of women in so many ways?
Annable: Absolutely. I think that's really what attracted me to the show and the role in particular, because you know ultimately it really is just a big celebration of women and seeing them come together and help each other and go through everything that they had to go through. I'm such a girl's girl, and I always love to support women and celebrate them, so this show is just the perfect fit, and I'm so proud of it.
TRS: Your character, Trudy Cooper, in particular is such a firecracker, and she is perhaps the most forward thinking of the wives. Is she as much fun to play as I would imagine?
Annable: Oh, absolutely. She really was a trailblazer in her own right. When I read the script, I just knew that I was going to have so much fun with this character, because she has so many dimensions and there's so many layers to her. She was such a phenomenal woman. She was really the feminist of the group . . .Trudy really didn't hold back her opinions. I just really related to her in that way, and I love that she stood her ground, and she spoke her mind, and I thought that was just a great quality and such a fun character to play.
TRS: That was actually my next question for you... I was going to ask if you could you relate to her independent spirit, because I feel like she's fearless ultimately. Whether she's flying a plane or speaking her mind, she's fearless, and that is really an inspiration that translates even to today.
Annable: Absolutely. Now I'm pregnant and I'm having a little girl...
Annable: Thank you. It puts everything into perspective for me in particular in playing Trudy, because she was such a fierce woman. She really was so independent and had so many of her own thoughts in a time where they weren't really welcome from women, and I am just so excited to teach my daughter those things. I really drew so much inspiration from Trudy Cooper with how she raised her daughters, and it was just sort of like kismet if you will.
TRS: You know I also really enjoy the scenes between Trudy and her husband Gordo, played by Bret Harrison. The two of you had worked together previously on Breaking In. You guys are so adorable to watch together, even in the scenes when you were arguing. Do you think that because you had worked together in the past that it made the banter between the two characters even more effortless, because you already had an ease from working with one another?
Annable: Absolutely, and I'll take it a step further. Bret Harrison and I were really great friends offscreen. I've known him for about ten years, him and his wife, and then we reconnected when we started shooting Breaking In together, and we just became really, really close. I actually lived with him and his wife and their 3 month old baby in New Orleans the whole time we were shooting.
TRS: Oh my goodness...
Annable: Yeah, and then my husband [actor Dave Annable] ended up joining us after he was done shooting his show in Atlanta. The four of us plus the baby were together all the time. It really helped Bret and I with our dynamic, and because we know each other so well, we're able to have a real safe zone together and try things. We just have this comfortable nature, and it's just so easy to work with him. We just have so much fun with our scenes together. Of course the subject matter could be dark at some times, but we really wanted to have as much fun as we could with these characters, because there are so many different dynamics on the show, and I think that one of the great dynamics is our characters and how much fun we have with our individual scenes.
TRS: Sometimes there is a little bit of a wink to your scenes. They are just so much fun. Like you were saying, the chemistry that you guys have, the fact that you guys are so comfortable with each other, it really comes through.
Annable: Thank you so much. That really means a lot. We put a lot of work into it as well, so that really means a lot.
TRS: It definitely shows. At the beginning of the season, Trudy was a bit of a mystery, because of the secret about the marriage, and one question I always like to ask people is there anything that fans would actually be surprised to learn about you? Any secrets you want to reveal?
Annable: Oh my gosh... every woman has to keep secrets, right? [Laughs]
TRS: [Laughs] Of course...
Annable: Let's see here... I'm a pretty open book, and anybody that knows me knows that I'm kind of an oversharer. I don't keep many things private, and it's not because I don't want to or don't feel the need to share. I'm such an open person, and I like to be relatable, and there's not much that the people that are close to me don't know. I do speak fluent Spanish, maybe that's something.
TRS: Yeah, that's something...
Annable: My mother is Cuban, and my father is European, but he was born in Colombia, so I was raised in a real Latin household, and I didn't even start speaking English until I was about 4 or 5 years old, so there's something.
TRS: Oh wow... that's so interesting.
Annable: I'm a total junk food fanatic, especially now while pregnant.
TRS: [Laughs] Anything in particular? Any cravings?
Annable: You know the two things that I've really been craving my whole pregnancy are Olive Garden salad dressing and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
TRS: [Laughs] What a combo, but both are very good, so I can understand that.
Annable: Oh yeah...
TRS: That's so funny. Well, switching gears just a little bit, I also really love Trudy's fashion on the show. I think the costume designer has done such a great job of defining each of the wives through their clothing, and Trudy gets to wear the fun cigarette pants when the other ladies are having to wear dresses. Did the amazing wardrobe help you get into character on set or help you feel like you're stepping back into time a little?
Annable: It really did, and it really helped just like you said, define each character. Eric Daman, our costume designer, was so genius in a way where I wasn't quite sure what direction they were going to take with the costumes and with every character, but when I went to my first fitting, I really saw his vision come to life, and we both knew right away who Trudy Cooper was and through her wardrobe and through her sense of style she also showed such individualism, and it sort of set her apart from the other wives. Every single character had their own style and their own thing, which is so great for the show I think. With Trudy, I really lucked out. I'm more of a tomboy myself, I'm not such a girlie girl. You'll never really see me in girlie dresses or anything like that, unless you know I'm going to an event, and I'm getting glammed up for a night, but at home usually I'm in jeans and trousers. I'm just such a tomboy, so that was another thing that I related to Trudy, and her style is just so great. It was also really cold in New Orleans when we were shooting, so I got to layer up so much underneath those pants, so it really worked out for me.
TRS: [Laughs] It worked out in more than one way then. Last question... Can you give us any sort of hint as to what we can expect in the finale?
Annable: The finale is packed with so many storylines, and I don't know how they did it, but they were able to bring everything together and close the whole story up in such a beautiful way, and I will say that it ends as a big celebration for the women. I think that's how they set the tone and that's how it was throughout the series, and that's how it ends. It really all comes together so beautifully, and I'm so proud of it and I'm so proud to have been a part of the show, and I hope everybody else can relate as well.
Watch the finale of The Astronaut Wives Club tonight on ABC 8/7c.
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Interview by Pamela Thomas