As the warm-weather season settles in, Anna Wood doesn’t mind adding extra heat.
The actress plays lawyer Jamie Sawyer, whose cases are marked by her steamy mutual flirtation with opponent Roy Rayder (Cam Gigandet), as the CBS drama “Reckless” premieres Sunday, June 29. The first episode of the series — filmed on location in Charleston, S.C. — was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who also worked with Gigandet on the first “Twilight” movie.
“It’s got the kind of addictive quality and sexiness and scandal of a really solid summer read, except it’s being acted out before your eyes,” Wood tells Zap2it. “This is one of my first jobs, so the director could have been anybody and I would have been beside myself … but the fact that it was Catherine Hardwicke was a really big gift, also that it was a woman who was setting the tone for the whole show.
“I don’t think female sexuality is dealt with in as truthful a way as it should be a lot of times,” notes Wood. “Having a lady as the captain of our ship helped being that home.”
Dana Stevens (“City of Angels”) is the creator and an executive producer of “Reckless,” and Wood believes they’ve become “sort of sisters. I feel like we’re the character’s parents, She has been an open and passionate collaborator, for sure.”
Giant fans in courthouse hallways and soda cans held to necks indicate how literally hot “Reckless” is meant to be. “We’re pushing boundaries in TV in general right now,” Wood reasons. “I’m a big TV fan myself, and I’m amazed at the things people are covering.
“Also, I think that because cable has more of an opportunity to explore without boundaries, it’s in the (broadcast) networks’ best interest to step up to the plate. There were times we were filming when we were like, ‘Is this OK? Is this going to make the cut? Is this even legal?’ “