News came that Amy Acker had been upped to a series regular on “Person of Interest” only moments before the show’s San Diego Comic-Con press interviews began, so Zap2it was among the first to congratulate the recurring actress on her upgraded status in Season 3. Acker says she’s not sure how her character Root’s role could change in the coming season now that she is around full-time, but she is “really excited to find out.”
“They really keep us in the dark, but I was saying I feel like my character’s had such a crazy journey already,” Acker says. “Every episode I get, it seems like they are building upon the character, changing it, and the great thing about working in genre television is that you really could go in so many different directions.”
Could that mean that Root and Michael Emerson‘s Harold Finch could potentially become allies as they hunt for the Machine’s location? Acker isn’t taking the idea off the table.
“I think we do share a lot of the same beliefs even if we come at it from different directions. I think that the end of last year really brought that out in Harold and the fact that he chose to put me in a mental institution instead of letting them kill me, it at least shows that he cares, right?” she says.
As for the cliffhanger ending of Season 2 when the Machine calls Root in the mental institution, Acker says, “I mean, I think that moment, I was so excited when I read the last page and I was like, ‘Oh, this is amazing.’ I think exactly that [Root was validated], because it seemed that everything that she was trying to do had now been validated and that the Machine was in fact on her side, at least from her perspective.”
She continues, “I think [Root is] always looking out for the best interest of the Machine. She doesn’t think of it as a machine, she thinks of it as a live being and she cares about it like probably more than she does actual humans.”
There have been an array of massive TV show anniversary reunion panels at San Diego Comic-Con over the past couple years, the biggest in 2013 being “X-Files.” Acker says she could potentially see doing an “Angel” reunion, especially considering the show is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2014.
“Possibly, I don’t know. I saw Alexis [Denisof] and David [Boreanaz] already, so I guess we could have,” she hedges. “Yeah, I mean, we never came for ‘Angel’ as a whole cast before anyway, so it would be great to see everyone at the very least.”
“Person of Interest” Season 3 premieres on Sept. 24.