Rena Sofer interviewed by IGN

Rena Sofer as Marilyn Bauer in 24 Season 6
Rena Sofer as Marilyn Bauer in 24 Season 6

So what’s it like to be on two of the hottest shows on television… and they’re up against each other?
It’s so frickin’ cool! You know, everybody asks, “How do you do it?” And I’m like, “Well, I’m recurring on both shows, so the reality is, I can do both shows.” And that’s the best position to be in. And Heroes just asked me to come back and do more. So once I stop airing on 24 for a little while, I’ll be on Heroes, and then I’ll be back on 24. It’s gonna be awesome.

Do you think they’ll be a night when you’re actually on against yourself?
Oh, wouldn’t that be fun? I don’t know how ahead Heroes is [from what’s being aired], but I know 24 is really ahead. I don’t really know the schedule, so I don’t know.

What can you tell us about your character on 24?
Her name is Marilyn. And she has a connection with Jack.

In some of the promos for season six, it looks like there is a romantic moment between you and Mr. Bauer.
All I can say is… I love working with Kiefer Sutherland!

We know you’re married to Paul McCrane’s character, Graem. Is Marilyn aware of his criminal activities?
At this point in the show, I do not believe I am.

What’s it like working on 24?
It’s intense. I mean Kiefer’s intense, and the show moves so fast, and you shoot so fast. But at the same time, everybody’s so relaxed and laid back. They love each other! This whole crew loves each other. And when you come in, there’s none of that, “This is our show. You’re a guest. We don’t even need to know your name.” They have so many guest stars, that you’re so immediately welcomed into their fold. Because you don’t know… You could be there for years! So it’s just an unbelievable show. It’s an unbelievable experience. And I’ve done things on that show that in 20 years of being an actress, I have never done in my career.

Emotional things, physical things, or both?

They do some pretty big action and stunt scenes on that show.
Oh my god. It’s so much fun.

Does it tap into those fantasies we all have of being an action hero?
Yes! And you get to be one, and it’s like, “Woo! My god!” Oh my god, yes. There was one particular day where I remember I was just praying that they were gonna call action, because the fumes I was smelling… And knowing what was gonna happen, I was like, “Please, yell action! I must run now!” So much fun.

They brought us to the 24 set the other day, and it was probably the most geeking out I’d seen a large group of press do.
Isn’t that set unbelievable?

It’s great. [24 Executive Producer] Jon Cassar gave us a tour, and he seemed like such a genuine fan of the show himself.
Sofer: He is. And he would get so mad at me when I was doing Heroes. He’s like, “I want you for this show! You can’t go over and do that show!” And I’m like, “Dude, fight over me!” [Laughs]

At the Heroes TCA panel the other day, Leonard Roberts [D.L.] was saying how he’d talked to the 24 producers, and they were saying, “Why do you have to be against us?”
I think 24 is a more mature audience, whereas Heroes is a little bit younger. But I have to say, neither one is child friendly. My daughter doesn’t get to watch either show!

When you were cast on Heroes, had it premiered yet?
No, it was just like, “Oh, Heroes. Okay, sure! I don’t know, whatever.” And then it was just like, “I’m on Heroes! Alright!” And then 24 calls, and I’m like, “Alright!”

How many episodes of 24 can we expect to see you on?
You’re definitely going to see me on eight for now, and then, who knows?

Source IGN