Today’s cuppa: fast-food coffee (no fast food, just the coffee)
Q: There were strong reactions,
positive and puzzled, to last season’s finale. What did you think when you
first read the script, and what about it worked for you?
A: When I read the script, I knew that some people would be disappointed by it –
especially since we had discussed in the press that Booth and Brennan would end
up in bed together in that episode. It’s a tricky thing. We had to fulfill
people’s desire to see Booth and Brennan together, without ruining the sexual
tension we have.
I think the
episode was able to give people a bit of what they want, seeing Booth and
Brennan together as a couple, without making them a couple for the rest of the
show’s life. Also, the episode happened in Booth’s mind and Brennan’s, so just
the fact that they thought of being a couple will affect their relationship,
even if it didn’t happen in “real life.”
I was happy with the compromises made, but it’s understandable people
were frustrated. I guess it’s better to have people frustrated than for people
to be apathetic.
Q: Do you hear anything about Brennan’s
impact on young women who might want to go into science (or crime solving)?
A: A friend of mine just told me that his five-year-old niece wants to be a
forensic anthropologist when she grows up because of my character. Of course,
five years old is pretty young to watch dead bodies on my show, but I love
hearing that girls are interested in science because of my character.
That’s what makes the show worth it to me. I think when you do a TV show, you
have to think about what kind of images you are putting out there.
Q: Obviously, Brennan can’t become a
pop-culture-savvy social butterfly or the show would be over, but what small
improvements have you noticed in her social skills?
A: She’s become better and better with people as the years have gone on.
Brennan has learned how to talk to people through her relationship with Booth.
It’s almost like Brennan has upgraded from Asperger’s syndrome to socially
There’s a scene with Sweets, the therapist character, on our show last season
in which I ask him to teach me how to read facial expressions. She wants to get
better at social interaction, and that’s the first step.
Q: We hear about Brennan’s exploits in
far-off lands – would you like sometime for the show to dig deeper into that?
A: Yes! We are doing an episode right now about a mummy. We get to meet a lot
of people in archeology and Egyptology. I would love to travel to
show, or some other exotic place!
Q: Are there still moments when dealing
with the bones and “corpses” is a challenge?
A: Sometimes, but I have become remarkably comfortable with dead bodies. Once
in a while I will be disgusted at work, and I can’t eat my breakfast.