Interview with Abigail Spencer, Lucy Preston on NBC’s TIMELESS
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Abigail Spencer, who plays ‘Lucy Preston‘ on NBC’s new action-adventure series TIMELESS. You may know Abigail as ‘Amantha Holden‘ on Rectify, Oz the Great and Powerful, This is Where I Leave You, Chasing Mavericks, This Means War, The Haunting 2, and Cowboys and Aliens.
You may have seen Abigail on television too. Her previous television credits include multi-episode appearances on Suits, Mad Men, Children’s Hospital, and NTSF: SVU, as well as the cult comedy Burning Love.
Most recently, Abigail Spencer can be seen in the role of Lucy Preston on NBC’s New Hit show TIMELESS. TIMELESS airs MONDAY’s 10/9 on NBC.
Timeless is a thrilling action-adventure series that every family will enjoy watching.
A mysterious criminal, Flynn (Goran Visnjic) steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) a history professor; Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) a soldier; and Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) a scientist, who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. But can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it’s too late. In case you missed the first episode, there was a twist at the end when Lucy’s present had been altered.
Interview with Abigail Spencer
Stacey– What drew you to the role of Lucy?
Abigail– As an actress, you become invested in this person (the character). I didn’t want to play a hero. But when five other actresses that are reading for the role themselves, call and say “this role is perfect for you. You need to play Lucy”. I was still unsure until I met with the creators of the show. You need to identify with the character, have a connection with the role. Lucy is an underdog, and I really respond to that. I love how the teacher is the hero. Lucy’s super power so-to-speak is her intelligence. Lucy is a great role model for woman.
Stacey– There is a debate in the show, should they alter history if it means changing it for the better? If you could change history to alter it for the better should/would you?
Abigail– That is definitely a debate in the show, changing history if you could? That is also a hard question to answer because we are all connected, so there is a ripple effect, ramifications for our actions. We all matter in the grand scheme of things. It’s a matter of fate vs. free will. On a personal level, yes there are moments in my life that I would like to have gone differently. But if things had been different, then life would not be as it is now. We learn from history, not to repeat certain aspects, to learn from our mistakes.
Stacey– As a working mother, How do you have a work/life balance?
Abigail– Work/Life balance is the constant quest. You need to be totally present for your kids. My son Roman(8) has been on every set that I’ve worked on except when he is in school. If we are shooting out-of-town, I fly home on the weekends. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. Thanks to a great family friend, my nanny is a huge help with my son keeping a routine. Just like any mom, I take it one day at a time. To quote Amy Poehler “Every working mom needs a wife”.
TIMELESS is going to be NBC’s new hit series. My family and I enjoy watching the show Monday nights at 10/9c on NBC. Check your local listings. This show brings history to life, and we enjoy that.
This post is in partnership with the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.
Don’t forget to tune into Timeless on Monday’s 10/9c on NBC.
Have you seen the first episode? What do you think of the show?
As a side note, my son’s name is a character in the show. Can you guess which one? Tell me below in the comments what you think.