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'Nikita' Stars Maggie Q & Lyndsy Fonseca Tease Season 2's Fresh Twists, New Obstacles

by Laura Prudom, posted Jun 16th 2011 9:00AM
Maggie Q and Lyndsy FonsecaWhen it comes to kickass women on primetime, few shows boast the undiluted girl power of The CW's 'Nikita,' the slick spy thriller that's making an impact across the globe thanks to the charm of its central dynamic duo, Maggie Q (Nikita) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Alex).

AOL TV was among a number of outlets fortunate enough to get face time with the vivacious actresses at Warner Bros.' recent International Press Junket in London, and both were willing to share a few tantalizing hints about what we can expect from the show's second season.

From the future of Michael and Nikita to a certain Twitter campaign for Alex and Owen, we did our best to uncover all the secrets Division doesn't want you to know ...

Proceed with caution, agents: there are light spoilers ahead.

While Season 1 was more concerned with revealing the mysteries of Alex's troubled past, our titular heroine remained an enigmatic figure, but Q was happy to reassure reporters that Nikita won't remain a closed book forever.

"One thing that I think I can say is that we'll be going into Nikita's backstory [next season], which is nice, because, y'know ... we don't really know anything about her!" she laughed. "In Season 1 we sort of got away with more of a focus on her plans and what she wanted for the future, but now we have to go back. We need the payoff, we need to know who she is, where she came from, how she got there and all of that."

And even though fans were thrilled to see the delicious will-they-won't-they chemistry between Nikita and Michael (Shane West) come to a head surprisingly early last year, it won't necessarily be smooth sailing for our favorite rogue couple next season. In previous interviews, creator Craig Silverstein has hinted that a mystery man and woman will cause trouble for Michael and Nikita when the show returns, but Q doesn't seem to be sweating the potential roadblocks.

Shane West and Maggie Q"Yeah, [Craig] said that and I was like 'Bring it, great!'" the actress grinned. "I think it's good to introduce obstacles for the two of them. I joke with Craig that he's the anti-Michael/Nikita. He just wants to keep the audience on their toes and I understand that, so I think he is going to create some friction for them, because now that they're together, he views it as a little bit boring when things work out [perfectly]."

Similarly, Q warned reporters to expect the unexpected when it comes to Alex and her storyline next season. Although she (literally) severed ties with Nikita in the finale and appeared to align herself with the ominous Oversight organization, both Q and Fonseca were quick to point out that nothing is ever black and white in the world of 'Nikita.'

"I think people are gonna be surprised at what Alex can come to terms with and what she can't," Q mused. "The Alex character -- there was a reason Nikita was sheltering her and wanted to protect her for so long, because she doesn't know enough, she's too young, she's not ready. But as you know, if you know any teenagers, once they think they know, they just think they know, and you've got to let them go and learn their own lessons. I think that's gonna be something that we're gonna see in the second season -- there are just some things that Nikita can't control, and she can't protect Alex forever."

When we sat down with Fonseca, she echoed Q's sentiments. "I think that if Maggie and I -- Nikita and Alex -- do go against each other, it's not going to be that all of a sudden I'm a villain," she reasoned. "That bond and that relationship will never go away, it will just make it more intense. But I think Alex is going to be probably working for Oversight and with Amanda [Melinda Clarke] and definitely on a different page than Michael and Nikita. That doesn't necessarily mean that we're going to fight each other, but I think that the betrayal of Nikita killing Alex's father is something that definitely will be an issue in Season 2. That's obviously not something you get over."

As for specifics about her storyline, Fonseca could only speculate Lyndsy Fonseca-- since the show hasn't resumed filming yet, she has yet to see a script or meet with Silverstein to discuss Alex's direction.

"I don't think Alex is going to be able to truly move on with her life until she gets some closure with her father's death. I don't think that she's really going to be stopped by much," the 24-year-old predicted. "I think she's grown a lot of strength in the last season; she's always been kind of in Nikita's shadow as far as waiting for what to do. She's been the pawn, but now, I think she's ready to start calling the shots on her own."

One of the most appealing aspects of 'Nikita' from a critical and viewer perspective is the show's propensity for writing strong, self-reliant female characters, a quality sadly lacking in many other primetime offerings, of late. Both Q and Fonseca realize how blessed they are that their characters haven't been reduced to pure eye candy for the sake of finding an audience.

"I always admire the writers because I think that they really care about developing a history and true storylines, they're not about women just running around in bikinis shooting guns," Fonseca observed. "I feel very fortunate that they actually give us some material to work on, and we're actually working really hard, so it's great."

Maggie Q Indeed, capturing the attention and respect of female viewers was of the utmost importance to Q.

"What I'm pleased about is that a lot of women watch the show, which is cool, because that's kind of the goal," she revealed. "Guys are easier in that, with the action and the girls, there's a lot that they would appreciate, but my goal was to get the women viewership. My message [to those who haven't seen the show] would be more to the female viewers; that it's something they could watch with their boyfriends -- I've had a lot of people stop me on the street and say that. Guys saying 'This is the only show that my girlfriend will let me watch with her -- I really like this, we can watch it together, it's one of the few shows that we can.' I think there's something for everyone."

Similarly, both actresses appreciate that the show has already made such a strong connection with fans, and through the growth of Twitter, it's easier than ever for the cast and creative team to gauge their audience's reaction.

Though Q admitted that she doesn't actively seek out comments (positive or negative) online, she noted that "across the board, people have been really nice. They haven't been like 'You suck! You're not as good as the old one!'" Devon Sawa

Fonseca was equally enthusiastic about the fan response: "It's been great. I think the best way to connect with them is on Twitter because it's just instant. With fan mail, it's hard to get back to everybody -- with Twitter, you get that instant, 'Just watched the show just now or I'm in the middle of it,' like it's the commercial break and people are talking to you. Everyone's just been really supportive."

And the concerns of the fans don't go unnoticed, at least by the cast. "There's this whole Owen [Devon Sawa] and Alex campaign, which I think is funny," Fonseca admitted. "We've never even worked together before, we don't even ever have scenes together! But I hope that the writers look at that stuff and go, 'Oh, this is what the fans want.' I mean, that's what I would do if I were creating the show!"

Catch repeats of 'Nikita' Season 1 throughout the summer on Thursdays at 9PM on The CW, before it moves to its new timeslot on Fridays at 8PM -- before 'Supernatural' -- in the fall.

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October 17 2011 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't wait for the Nikita back story to come in S2. I am so excited they are finally going to reveal a bit of her past. Like what happened to her? What's the story with Gary and Caroline (her adoptive mom and dad)? What about her real parents and why did they abandon her? Life at a shelter? First time she met Michael? Did she really kill someone before Division or was it a setup? SOOO many questions to be answered about her and Ill be happy if they at least answer half of these. Esp since we didn't go into her past at all in S1! Again very happy about the back story information.

Im also glad that Maggie doesn't seem to be sweating much about Mikita. Makes me feel a bit better to know that. LOL. Maybe I wont sweat as much now....:P I just hope that there's no "typical" triangle drama. I can handle circumstantial stuff like people from their pasts popping up or maybe a circumstance they are put in with a third party but anything else will grate me the wrong way. Esp with how they've been built up at this point, love of their lives IMHO. Anyway--hopefully that'll be done to my liking but I do agree some angst mixed with the fluff is just how I like it. I just hope it's the right KIND. LOL. Mikita will make it through it all though, they have to! ITA with the A/N bit and I actually thought that, yes to Owen and Alex please! They'd be perfect for each other. Their personalities and snark just work together + they'd be HOT together.

And finally....

"I always admire the writers because I think that they really care about developing a history and true storylines, they're not about women just running around in bikinis shooting guns," Fonseca observed. "I feel very fortunate that they actually give us some material to work on, and we're actually working really hard, so it's great."

I so agree with this.

Another great article Laura. Long comment in response :) but I always look forward to your articles on this show and cast. Thanks again! :D

June 16 2011 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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