Allison Tolman is a newcomer to series TV in her role on FX’s crime drama “Fargo” as ambitious Bemidji, Minn., police deputy Molly Solverson, who finds herself caught up in some very bizarre crimes.
Zap2it checks in with Tolman to see what she thinks of this new world.
Zap2it: When you first read the script, what did you think of your character?
Alllison Tolman: I loved her. I actually really liked her right away, and I felt like I understood her right away. There’s some parts that you read, and you’re like, “Hmmm, I really have to spend some time with this to figure out what makes them tick, so I can do this naturally.” But I read her and went, “That makes total sense to me.” She made a lot of sense to me. I like her a lot.
Zap2it: Is she like you or like anyone you’ve known?
Tolman: I’m sure she’s probably a combination of people I’ve known. She’s not a lot like me. We’re not very similar. She’s more reserved than I am, and she really does the math on things and thinks things through.
Zap2it: How are your gun-handling skills?
Tolman: They’re good. I had some weapons training. I haven’t had to fire my gun yet in what we’re filming, so I haven’t had any gun-range experience, but I had some weapons training, like, here’s how to draw it and then not drop it on the ground and look like an idiot.
But I’m from Texas originally, so they were like, “You probably know how to handle guns,” and I’m like, “No, we’re not that kind of Texas, unfortunately. We’re from the suburbs.” So there was a lot to learn that first weapons training day.