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Elizabeth gave an interview to Moviefone about Manhunt: The Unabomber, and you can read some of it here on the site.

What did you see in “Manhunt: Unabomber” that tripped your radar and said, “I think this is a project I want to be a part of?”

Well, the true crime stuff, I confess to being obsessed with! Any of those kinds of shows I get really sort of sucked into, and I thought the writing was really good and illuminated just a lot of stuff that I didn’t know about.

When I was growing up it wasn’t interesting to me, the Unabomber. I was young, so I learned a lot about it, and just how they caught him I thought was really interesting, and they were able to tell that story but also get into the domestic lives of these people, which made the whole thing feel very real and more high stakes in the way that it was at the time.

What was the thing that you learned about Ted Kaczinski that most surprised you? Because this is as high concept of a criminal as there ever was, what was the eyebrow-raiser about him or his story?

I was really fascinated by the brother aspect, with David’s relationship to Ted, and the fact that David -– and his wife actually, the wife of David Kaczynski -– really recognized his way of speaking in the manifesto that was published. She spoke to David Kaczynski and had to convince him, and then he had to convince himself, and take the step to turning his brother in. That was something I didn’t know about.

You really established yourself with some standout roles on television and then you went into one of the biggest movie franchises of all time. And now you’re back here in TV, where TV’s evolved into almost long-form movie-like quality. Tell me a little bit about that experience to be right in the thick of it during this significant evolution of how we watch our entertainment.

I just think we’re so lucky. At least as an actor and as someone who loves to watch, I just think it’s so much better. [Television is] so much better than the majority of movies I think, just from my taste. I know it’s hard to get people to go out and see movies, and I get why.

Are you drawn to darker material? Is that the stuff that you tend to want to be in?

I always was when I was younger, and I definitely am, but I think sometimes it’s just my face! It seems sad or serious or something, because in my real life, I would love to do comedy. I got to do a little bit of comedy on “Easy,” the Netflix thing, and some things here and there, but people just don’t see me, unless they know me, they don’t see me as a funny person.

They see me as someone who can cry and be dramatic, but I’m happy to do it. What more interests me, whether it’s funny or serious is just telling the truth and trying to be as honest as possible, whether that’s comedy or drama, whatever it is, I just want to tell a story that feels real to me. That’s always what’s the most funny, or the most moving or the most interesting to me, the moment-to-moment sort of reality.

What does it mean to you to sort of know that because of your “Twilight” experience, there’s always going to be a certain fanbase that’s going to check out whatever you do? They love you in those movies and they’ll say, “Oh, she’s in this? I’ll watch that.” Is that a cool extra to have as an actor?

It sure is. I’m very grateful to have done “Twilight,” first of all because it was just an incredible experience, and to touch -– touch sounds so weird, but to be able to reach that many people all over the world. I mean, that just doesn’t happen very often.

What was it like for you to step off that ride and look at what was next? Was it an unusual experience?

It was unusual. It was hard. It was hard trying to get jobs after that. I had some long stretches where I didn’t work very much. I was really trying to find my way back into feeling like an actress again, because when you do a big movie like “Twilight” a lot of times you don’t really do much acting. A lot of times you’re just getting your hair and makeup done, and you’re standing in front of a green screen, or you’re running through a forest. It’s all part of your job, and so lucky and grateful to be doing it, but it’s not like going and doing a play at Lincoln Center where you’re really being challenged as an actress.

I bet. What are you looking forward to? After these current projects wrap, what do you think’s next on this horizon?

Well, I don’t know. There’s some things, like, bubbling up, some more very exciting things, but I can’t really talk about it yet, but I just feel lucky. It’s funny because sometimes people don’t realize how truly hard it is to get an acting job, no matter where you’re at in your career, and every time I actually get a job, it feels like a miracle of some sort.


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