SHOWTIME is serving up some #damngoodcoffee in 2016!
Dig into some cherry pie and rejoice! Today, SHOWTIME announced that the critically-acclaimed Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning series TWIN PEAKS will return as a new limited series. Series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost are on board to write and produce all nine episodes of the limited series. Four-time Oscar® nominee David Lynch will direct every episode. TWIN PEAKS will go into production in 2015 to air on the network in 2016, marking the 25th anniversary of when the program last aired. Set in the present day, TWIN PEAKS will continue the lore of the original series, providing long-awaited answers for the series’ passionate fan base.
For viewers hoping to reminisce or for those discovering the series for the first time, SHOWTIME will re-air the first two seasons of TWIN PEAKS, in advance of the new episodes going on air in 2016. Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential broadcast series of all time, TWIN PEAKS followed the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who were stunned after their homecoming queen Laura Palmer is shockingly murdered. The town’s sheriff welcomed the help of FBI agent Dale Cooper, who came to town to investigate the case. As Cooper conducted his search for Laura’s killer, the town’s secrets were gradually exposed. The mystery that ensued set off an eerie chain of events that plunged the inhabitants of Twin Peaks into a darker examination of their very existence. Twenty-five years later, the story continues…
The amazingly talented Mädchen Amick plays fun-loving, shape shifting, free spirited, often naked Aunt Wendy on Witches of East End. In a recent interview, I asked about the secret to her amazing body, a certain someone’s impressive abs, and the two-hour season finale which airs this Sunday. What did I learn? Marry a personal trainer, and make sure to stay tuned during the shocking final seconds of the season finale episode. Done and done.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: Aunt Wendy is tough and cool, and you always get a laugh. How do you enjoy balancing dramatic versus comedic acting?
Mädchen Amick: I have such an appreciation for that kind of character. She is as tough as nails, but so comfortable that she can make a joke right in the middle of complete tragedy. She’s really fun to play and I love that the writers have embraced that side of her.
How much of your own personality have you put into Wendy?
It’s not very often that you get to come up with ideas and bring your take on the character and then actually have writers, producers, and directors pay attention to it. I really do feel that they do that on the show. When I did the pilot, the character was meant to be killed off, and if she was going to be there for a small amount of time, I wanted to make her batsh– crazy. It worked and they liked what I brought to it. And they invited me to stay on.
Wendy is a shapeshifting cat with one life left. Will she get more lives? Will the curse be lifted? Can you tell us anything?
Well, if I tell you, I’d have to kill you. [Laughs.] That will definitely be dealt with in the finale, and it is pretty shocking. It is going to open up a whole new can of worms.
I thought it was sweet when Wendy offered to give her last life to save Freya or Ingrid. In fact, that entire episode (“Smells Like King Spirit”) was riveting from the beginning to the end. How was it shooting?
I have to be honest: It was more emotionally draining than anything. There was so much going on, it almost felt like a finale in itself. I looked like I had been dragged through the wringer. And I had!
Nobody predicted that the writers would kill off Ingrid and Freya. And there they were, eerily swaying in a tree.
I chose not to see the girls in their dead makeup or hanging until we were on camera because I knew I was going to fall apart even before we were filming. It was more of a reactive scene and it didn’t really take that much acting. That is the reality of what Joanna goes through over and over again. It’s one thing to know that they die and come back, but to experience what it’s like to mourn them over and over again, you get to see the history behind why she fights so hard to try to break the cycle.
Will Wendy have another love interest next season?
Wendy will have a lot more on her hands than having to deal with any boyfriends. You have to stay tuned in all the way to the end. The very last scene of our season finale is very shocking.
Okay, I have to ask: When Freddie Prinze, Jr. was cast as your love interest in season 1, did you know about that body before he showcased those amazing abs?
I’ve known Freddie for years. I did a show with him back in 2005. We’ve stayed close friends, and when this idea of the bug-man boyfriend came up, I thought we had to get Freddie to do it! I know he’s very fit. It was pretty revealing and shocking for most fans.
I will take him or Tommy (Ignacio Serricchio). Just for the record.
Wendy has no shortage of cute men.
Speaking of bodies, you are in great shape. What is your secret?
It’s very motivating knowing that in any episode I can open the script and find I’m naked again. I am lucky enough to be married to a personal trainer. He’s able to whip me into shape pretty quickly. And in general, it’s something we enjoy doing together. Thank you for the compliment!
You’re welcome! How do you enjoy working with a female-dominated cast? Is it pretty much girl power all the time over there?
[Laughs.] It’s awesome! You know what I love? We honestly love each other, and I think you can see on screen how much natural chemistry there is. But what I do love about it is that we are four very strong women, but very different. That creates a lot of comfort in our own skin, so there’s no jealousy, no competition. We all love each other for who we are and can appreciate this great dynamic of friendship and family. I’ve been so blessed.
Can you tell us anything about the finale?
I can definitely say that a lot of the stuff that has been happening all season long with the family who has come over from Asgard will be resolved. There’s a lot of gratification, a lot of sorrow, and empowerment of the four witches coming together and using their powers. There are a lot of near-misses that keep you on the edge of your seat. And with greatness, there’s always the other side. There has to be some sorrow and some shocking moments. It’s all in there, and it’s crazy.
Will you be live-tweeting the season finale?
Of course! Just like the viewers, we are excited and will celebrate it. We are all very optimistic that we will continue on. We hope all the viewers keep chiming in and campaigning for season 3.
It has been almost 25 years since we last visited Twin Peaks. Do you ever wonder what the characters might be doing today? It would be hilarious to see Twin Peaks now. When I get together with the other actors we joke about it. I think Shelley would be running the diner.
The recent Blu-ray release contained lots of cut scenes from Fire Walk With Me. Does the story make sense now? What is exciting is that David Lynch was at the helm of putting it together. I was so impressed with what he did. All the lost footage from Fire Walk With Me would be an amazing film if it came out right now. It gives the fans more insight into the story they were trying to tell.
After the show was cancelled, were you worried your career had ‘peaked’ and it could only go downhill? No. I’ve always been an optimistic person even when I shouldn’t be in this business. The challenge was that for years no one wanted to match Twin Peaks actors but there was so many of us. We’d see each other at meetings and go: “Oh man, it means I’m not going to get this job!”
Speaking of ‘twin peaks’, you were also in the pilot of Baywatch. So you’re part of not one but two iconic shows! It was while I was filming Baywatch that I met David Lynch. At a certain point the Baywatch producers said they’d really like me to continue but I was a new actress in Hollywood and I took my roles very seriously. For me it didn’t make artistic sense. Thankfully I had already committed to Twin Peaks.
That is the first time “artistic sense” and “Baywatch” have been used in the same sentence. It had its role. It was fun escapism and it served its purpose. Twin Peaks shaped TV in a different way.
Just how good was the coffee on the set of Twin Peaks? You know at the time I wasn’t really into coffee so I didn’t appreciate it. I was way more into the cherry pie. But now I really am into it and I have to say David Lynch makes an amazing coffee.
What makes it so special? There’s a smoothness but yet there’s still a lot of flavour and a tiny bite to it – the perfect cup of coffee.
Now you are playing a witch in Witches of East End, who sometimes turns into a cat… What’s fun this season is you actually get to see the morphing. We played with a few different things – does it hurt, do you shake it off?
What happens to your clothes? Oh they drop.
If you could really shape shift into any animal, which would you choose? I would probably choose a bigger cat, like a panther. I did a film where we worked with a grizzly bear and a mountain lion and the animal trainer said: “But if you’re in the wild and you see a panther you’re already dead.” That’s a serious animal.