At first she turned down an audition for Graceland, but casting directors begged her to come in and read for the part of DEA agent Paige Arkin. The following week, she was in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida filming a regular role on the USA network drama.
"I'm not sure why I keep getting badass characters to play [namely, Zatanna on Smallville and convict Erica Reed on Breakout Kings], but I take it as a compliment. Actually, I think they border on bitchy, so I don't know if I should take it as a compliment; some of them have severe anger issues and one was a murderer. [Laughs.] I'm happy I could portray a strong woman, but maybe I should start taking a look at myself and see why I am really getting cast in these roles. But Paige on Graceland is a little different."
"Paige has a big heart, she's funny, and she's definitely a little crass. She'll call you out on your shit when you need to be, but it's only because she cares. She keeps everyone in line in that way because it is sort of her compass, but at the same time she's not a doormat. She'll punch you in the face and then step over you and walk to her room and say, 'Yeah, stay down.'"
"And she's the life of the party. As you can see, I've been a brunette for 27 years and all of a sudden the producers are like, 'How do you feel about blonde?' And I was like, 'How do you feel about blonde? Why are we having this conversation?' Lo and behold, I am blonde now, so that took a little bit of getting used to. But Paige is very light and beachy and the surfer-girl-next-door, who also happens to be an undercover DEA agent that is kicking people's ass. I'm sure you'll find the exact same thing in your neighborhood somewhere. [Laughs.]"