Annie Wersching chats about 24 season 8’s ‘Dark Renee’

iF MAGAZINE: When you were on 24 last season, was there any point where they said, “We’d like you to come back next year?”
ANNIE WERSCHING: I was getting hints of that toward the end of the season, but when the season was over, it wasn’t official yet as far as in writing or anything like that. I was actually up for new shows and then I was offered a couple of shows, so we had to go to them and say, “Hey, we need to sign on the dotted line.” So they did.

iF: So your preference was to return to Renee on 24, rather than take a new acting job?
WERSCHING: Yes. It’s such a great show. It’s such a great role.

iF: Did you guess from the first few episodes of last season that Renee’s arc was going to wind up adopting some of Jack’s methods, as far as torturing suspects to get information?
WERSCHING: I knew it was going to be her struggle and her battle for the whole season, but even up to the very last episode in her last scene with Jack, she still is saying, “Please, what do I do? Tell me what to do.” And he actually says, “Don’t do it. Don’t do anything you can’t live with, because I know what it’s like,” living with those decisions that he had made. I knew it was going to be her whole struggle and her whole conflict for the whole season, but I wasn’t sure exactly where it was going to go.

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