While doing promotion for her new feature film The Girl Next Door, Elisha was asked about her role in this season of 24, and admitted that season 2’s ridiculous storylines proved difficult for her.
Are you enjoying season three of “24”? You’re character got a lot more involved with the story this year after being left on the periphery last year.
Before we started this year I said, “Where’s she going? How do you need me this year? And maybe she could be part of (the Counter Terrorism Unit), Wink, wink, nudge, nudge – instead of being just the daughter.” And they got it. I’m more active this year than last year. Last year was a difficult season for me, I was trying to figure out where I fit in with the plotline.
Over the course of 10 months, you play a character who has only gone through one day. What kind of restrictions are on you as far as changing your appearance? No haircuts or tans, right?
I get my hair cut every five days to exactly the same cut that it was previously. I have the same hairdo for 10 months out of the year. I get it touched up every five days, which is kind of a luxury for a woman. (Laughs.) It’s a chore, but I’m on top of it. Weight gain and weight loss doesn’t bother me. I don’t fluctuate much, but it is something to think about. I can’t eat McDonald’s everyday. I don’t like going out in the sun anyway, so that doesn’t affect me too, too much, otherwise.
Since you always look the same, you must get recognized a lot.
I actually respond to “Kim.” If I’m shopping in the mall, (I’ll hear) “There’s Kim Bauer!” You go, “Oh hey, what up?” It’s pretty funny.