If you're a fan of
24 (Mondays at 9 pm on FOX), you don't have to be told what needs to be
done to save America from a terrorist attack. So in this season's hour 4, when
FBI agent Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) needed information from a former
undercover contact in the Russian mob, she did what any red-blooded American
would do: she put the guy's hand in a vise and cut his thumb off.
Okay, it was more complicated than that (how else was she going to get the parole bracelet off!), but you know
what we're talking about. A few episodes later, Walker stabbed a sexual
assailant in the eye (well, actually, she had
to sleep with him, it was undercover, but you know!). In last week's episode (April 12, hour 17), a looming nuclear
threat resolved, Walker and series hero Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) finally consummated
a supposed long-simmering romantic tension (huh?) - only for Walker to be felled moments later by an assassin's
bullet (pull the drapes, Jack, it's
"between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m."!).
Thus dispatched, Walker/Wersching took part in a special press conference
call. Due to a glitch in the cuing system, I did not get to ask my two
questions. But FOX was kind enough to set up a separate (exclusive!) short
interview with Wersching. The show concludes its eighth and final season with two-hour special on May 24.
Werschng talked with me about the thumb scene, about working with
writer/producer and show-runner Howard Gordon, and about her upcoming plans.
DOWNLOAD: Annie Wersching, on her role as Renee
Walker in 24 [MP3]