“The Blacklist” is TV’s top new series this season, with James Spader fresh off a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of criminal Raymond “Red” Reddington. Co-star Megan Boone tells Us Weekly that the whole team has been amazing — even if she did embarrassingly choke on a popcorn kernel the first time she met Spader.
“I went back to my trailer [to rehearse] and started munching on popcorn to alleviate some of my nervous energy,” Boone says. “A PA was helping me learn the lines for the scene. Then, I hear a knock on the door and he says, ‘It’s James.’ When I heard him say his name, a popcorn kernel lodged itself in the back of my throat.
“He cleared the room, and he’s having this long discussion about our characters and so forth, and meanwhile I’m choking on this popcorn. I’m trying to hide it from him; I don’t want him to know [laughs]. But he put me at ease, he actually said, ‘You know, whatever you need, I’m here for you, we’re going to be a great team.’ The popcorn ended up dislodging from my throat, and I ended up shooting the scene where Elizabeth stabs the pen in Red’s neck.”
The season of “The Blacklist” has so far offered a lot of questions and only a few answers, which Boone says is what viewers should expect, because what would be the fun in having no more questions?
“You’ve got a lot that you’re going to find out in this season, for sure. They are going to focus a lot on Tom’s relationship and on Red’s. [Elizabeth’s] past is very much intertwined with those story lines,” says Boone. “And then a lot of new questions are going to come up as well. … If there are no new questions, there are no more presents to open!”
Boone adds that she likes how “The Blacklist” is a very character-driven procedural, since the most engaging part is not necessarily the case of the week. But with the characters’ complex backstories comes a lot of dark material. How do they break the tension on set when filming such heavy scenes?
“A lot of dancing,” says Boone. Now that we would pay to see.
“The Blacklist” airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.