The Season 2 finale of the A&E drama series Longmire premieres on August 26th and things are sure to be explosive. Detective Fales (Charles Dutton) returns with warrants, forcing Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) and Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) to face what happened in Denver, while Vic Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) will have to deal with what she’s been running from.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Katee Sackhoff talked about how excited she was to really sink her teeth into Vic’s journey this season, why she thinks Vic and Walt are able to trust each other, what’s it’s been like to work with co-star Robert Taylor, that the finale will wrap up some storylines while raising new questions, that she hopes to hear about whether Season 3 might happen early enough that they can avoid shooting in New Mexico during the hottest time of the year, and that she loves the serialized aspect of the show and is hoping for more of that, in the future. She also talked about why she’s nervous about the reaction to her work in Riddick, and how great it was to get to be a part of the “Women Who Kick Ass” panel at this year’s Comic-Con. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
Collider: How have you felt about Vic Moretti’s journey this season? Has anything most surprised you, as far as what you’ve gotten to learn about her?
KATEE SACKHOFF: This is all the stuff we had talked about, as far as her backstory, before we even started filming. I’m just excited, as a viewer and as an actor, to be able to sink my teeth into something I knew was coming.
During Season 1, were you ever worried that you wouldn’t get to the material that you had to wait until Season 2 to get to?
SACKHOFF: That’s always your fear. When you take on a TV show, you give trust to people that you really just met. You sit down with them and have a conversation, and then you start shooting and things potentially go one direction. You just sit there, biding your time. So, it’s nice to have it all come to fruition.
The relationship between Vic and Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) has really evolved this season. Why do you think those two individuals, who really prefer to keep to themselves, are able to find a trust with each other that they don’t have with many other people?
SACKHOFF: I think the thing that Vic and Walt have for each other is this complete trust and ability to not judge each other. They have seen the worst of each other and allowed it, and they understand it. That’s one of the reasons they have so much in common, and why they do gravitate towards each other, in these moments of stress and heartache. They know that there’s no side of the other one that’s being judgmental. It’s just, “This is what it is, and I know you’ll support me.”
Do you think they can get to a place where they can really confide in each other?
SACKHOFF: Hopefully, yeah. I think that it’s getting there. And I think that, if we come back for a third season, we’ll probably see stuff like that.
Are you hoping to hear about whether you’ll get a third season soon?
SACKHOFF: Yeah. I know they’ve got some time, so I’m not really worried about it. Last season, it was an abnormal event that we found out so soon. Hopefully, we’ll find out soon. I’d like to find out soon enough that we actually go to camera before March, which would be great. July and August in New Mexico is not very fun.
Do you ever start to feel claustrophobic in the police uniform?
SACKHOFF: You know, it’s not even the heat. It’s that there’s so many allergens in that state that I’ve been having skin asthma attacks. So, my skin goes bright red when I’m in Santa Fe, in July and August. So, I’m really, really hopeful that we’ll go back in the beginning of February, if we go back.
Has it been nice to be able to get out of the uniform a little bit this season, and into some regular clothes?
SACKHOFF: Of course, yeah. You start to get to see who this person is, in their private life, which is great for me. I love the fact that this is a girl that wears jeans, t-shirts and converse. That’s an interesting aspect to who she is.
What’s it been like to work with Robert Taylor and develop the dynamic between your characters?
SACKHOFF: I love Robert. He’s very good at his job, and he’s a very calm, great person and personality to have around. He really sets a great tone on set. It’s just been fun. He and I love doing the scenes together that are awkward and weird.
This is a really unusual crime show, in the sense that it’s found a balance between serialized and procedural, and work life and personal life for the characters. Is that the best of both worlds, for you, and is that something you’d really fight for the show to keep?
SACKHOFF: I actually love the serialization of the show. I hope that it goes more that direction. I think that it holds an audience and it keeps them coming back for the next week because they’re dying to know what happens to these characters. So, I love that. The procedural stuff, for me, is the most difficult because the dialogue becomes a bit more difficult to memorize.
Is it fun to also get to do something that’s part cop show and part modern-day Western, with horses hanging around?
SACKHOFF: It’s weird because I’ve never ridden a horse. There was a scene, in Episode 7, where they wanted me to do some of the stuff that Henry was doing with the horses, and they asked me how comfortable I was with horses. I’m willing to do a lot of my own stunts. I do most of my own stunts. But, when something has a mind of its own and I don’t understand the horse, at all, it’s not something I’m comfortable with, and they didn’t have the time to teach me how to do everything and get comfortable with it. So, they gave it all to Lou Diamond Phillips, which was totally fine with me.
What can fans expect from the Season 2 finale?
SACKHOFF: We’re going to wrap up some of the storylines, for sure. There are also a lot of new questions that are going to come into play. As far as Vic is concerned, I think that there is an urgency, at the end of this season. Once she admits that there is this sense of urgency within herself, there’s a calmness that sets over her, where she knows what needs to be done. I think it’s an interesting thing that we haven’t seen from Vic yet.
Because this role shows sides of you that a lot of people haven’t gotten to see before, do you think it will help your desire to do a romantic comedy, at some point?
SACKHOFF: At this point, I think the only thing that’s going to help my desire to do a romantic comedy is if I produce the damn thing myself. It’s something that I’ve set into motion. In this business, any smart person gets to a point where they realize they have to take their career into their own hands and, if doors aren’t opening, you make a new one. So, I think that’s something that will happen. It’s just a matter of who’s going to do it first, someone else or myself.
Even though you’ve become known as someone who can kick some ass, when need be, it was interesting to hear you talking about how nervous you are about the reaction to Riddick. Why are you so nervous about that, in particular?
SACKHOFF: There’s still a large majority of the population that doesn’t know what Battlestar Galactica is and hasn’t seen it, so this is the first time a lot of people are going to see me play this type of character. When you have the large majority of the estrogen quota sitting on your shoulders in a movie, it’s a big task. I joke that it’s not like someone is gonna walk away from the movie and say, “The girl was bad,” and someone is gonna go, “Which one?” My fingers are crossed that it’s going to be really, really great, but I’m incredibly nervous. But, I was this nervous when Battlestar came out. I tested and auditioned for this role in stiletto heels. They cast me in stilettos. That’s who I am. So, to then shift my personality so much and become these strong characters is interesting. It’s always interesting how people are going to perceive it.
When you do the “Women Who Kick Ass” panel at Comic-Con, and you’re there with women like Michelle Rodriguez, Maggie Q, Danai Gurira and Tatiana Maslany, does it solidify the fact that you’re part of this really cool female action hero club now?
SACKHOFF: 100%, yeah. That was a great day. It was a great day for Comic-Con, and it was a great day for women in film and women in action. And I applaud Entertainment Weekly for doing that panel because it is a great panel. As a little girl growing up, this is who I wanted to be, as far as my career is concerned. To have it be validated is a really great thing. I’m sure if everyone on that panel had it up to them, there would be hundreds of millions of strong little girls running around, not taking any shit.
The Season 2 finale of Longmire airs on A&E on August 26th.