Moon Bloodgood on ‘Falling Skies’ Season 2

An exclusive chat with the female lead of TNT’s hit sci-fi series as she drops a few hints about lies ahead.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

I first noticed Moon Bloodgood in the movie Eight Below. I was excited to see her on time travel related TV shows like “Daybreak” and “Journeyman,” but even the brilliant “Journeyman” didn’t last.

On “Falling Skies” she plays Dr. Anne Glass, a medic who treats the human resistance and helps  fight the aliens. Anne’s story continue in the second season; which is currently running on TNT.

Previously, Bloodgood appeared in movies like Pathfinder and Terminator Salvation, and I saw her next movie Six Sessions earlier this year at Sundance. After all of that viewing, it was a treat to sit with Bloodgood one on one and catch up on everything she’s done in her career.


CraveOnline: What happened to Anne in the three months since Tom left at the end of the first season finale?

Moon Bloodgood: There’s been a huge battle. We called it the Battle of Fitchburg. I think, in the last three months, the reality of the man that was kind of her saving grace in such an atrocious time, I think in the three months that Tom has gone she’s accepted that he’s dead and I think she’s become more hardened, definitely more weathered. There’s a hopelessness that’s starting to creep in that I think she was very good at protecting herself against before.

CraveOnline: Are there still going to be sparks between them?

Moon Bloodgood: I think initially it’s shock. Always sparks, always a love but uncertain of what their destiny is, because he’s been gone, is he different? Is he still the same man? They have to get reacquainted.

CraveOnline: Does Anne still face off against Weaver?

Moon Bloodgood: No. I think there’s one maybe little bit of an argument, but they’re healthy arguments, you know. It’s never a face off. I think we both know, Weaver knows what my agenda is, I know what his is. They’re in alignment. They want the same things, so no.

CraveOnline: That’s a big change from the first season.

Moon Bloodgood: I know. I’d love to go more toe to toe with Will. I think it’d be fun.

CraveOnline: What sort of medical issues are facing the survivors this year?

Moon Bloodgood: I think we’re dealing with lots of issues with the skitters. There’s a lot of deaths. There’s some surprises there. Me trying to have the confidence to know I can save people’s lives. One of the character’s life at some point is in our hands.

That’s a great episode. Me and Seychelle [Gabriel] have to think of how we can fix it. We have to put our thinking caps on and actually she’s the one who comes up with the idea so that was fun. More medical stuff for me definitely.

CraveOnline: Do you get in the field?

Moon Bloodgood: Well, I’m more mobile now. There’s something called the medical bus so I’m with them. I’m not necessarily literally on the field with them, but I am mobile with them and able to then take care of the more, versus being at the high school where I was pretty immobile.

CraveOnline: Is there medical jargon to memorize or is that not relevant here?

Moon Bloodgood: Absolutely.

CraveOnline: There is, even though she’s the civilian doctor?

Moon Bloodgood: Well, I was a pediatrician so pediatricians go through a lot of schooling. They do their residency. There’s a lot of jargon but this is so different because we’re talking about life and death and people with really life threatening injuries. So there is medical jargon and it is intimidating definitely.

CraveOnline: What was it like to see all the kids get older?

Moon Bloodgood: I think my [character]’s maternal nature has shifted a little bit. I think it’s more directed at Lourdes and how proud of her I am. The boys have now grown up and I think that I am now respectful of their independence and not quick to want to replace their mother or be in that kind of position. I think Anne’s way more humble than that.

CraveOnline: How about in real life where a year makes a huge difference in between seasons?

Moon Bloodgood: It’s been interesting because we’re not changing as much but they are. Physically, Connor [Jessup] came back and was taller and thinner. Maxim [Knight]’s hair’s curlier. It’s so interesting to watch them grow in front of you and see the changes in them. I mean, certainly we change too but it’s not as drastic.

CraveOnline: Do you have any more alien encounters like the autopsy from season one?

Moon Bloodgood: Let me think. I definitely have more alien encounters, and with some new aliens. Do I do any autopsies? I don't think so.

CraveOnline: What was that scene like in season one?

Moon Bloodgood: Fun. Super fun. That kind of stuff just is fun for me. They use KY jelly for everything. Then they’ve got steam, guts… It was never gross because it’s fake. It’s not real. Any kind of blood, none of that’s scary. I mean, if it was real, I would probably just faint but it’s not real so it’s fun. It’s like you’re playing with play-doh.

CraveOnline: How long does it take to get cleaned up?

Moon Bloodgood: You know who actually has it worse than me are some of the guys that are really dirty and have blood on them. That blood, man, can just stain on your skin. At some point we’re all dirty. Our hair, our fingernails are dirty. You don’t get all the dirt off. You go to dinner that night, you have dirt all over your neck. You’re living in that world.



CraveOnline: How does it feel to be in a second season after unfortunately shows like “Journeyman” and “Daybreak” that a lot of us liked, but they didn’t make it?

Moon Bloodgood: I know. When those two shows didn’t go a second season, my heart was really broken. I was new to the business. I really was attached. This time I was definitely a little bit more self-protective. Like my self-preservation kicked in. When you go to the second season, you’re actually really relieved because it means okay, all this work that I did [paid off.]

It’s like building a house and then never getting to finish it. So when you build the base and now you’re like, “Okay, great, we’re going to second season, I get to finish it. I get to explore it more. All that work that I put into setting a foundation, the seeds are going to start to bloom.” You feel more confident. You feel a little bit more stable in the world.

CraveOnline: When “Journeyman” started, did you know all along that she was a traveler from the past?

Moon Bloodgood: They don’t really tell us a lot. I think when you’re the lead character, once in a while they tell you things. I think sometimes they’re figuring out things, but no I did not know that. “Journeyman” was a very, very special project. I loved that show. I did not know that. That was a great reveal when they told me that.

CraveOnline: Talking about being new to the business, that was only five years ago or so.

Moon Bloodgood: Yeah, I’m 36, I started acting when I was 29.

CraveOnline: So were those shows before Eight Below?

Moon Bloodgood: Eight Below was kind of my first big leading role. I think I was 30 when I shot that. So it was my first big movie but I’ve only been doing it seven years, maybe eight.

CraveOnline: What prompted you to get into the business at that point in your life?

Moon Bloodgood: I never wanted to be an actor. I was a dancer. I wanted to be a singer songwriter and just for whatever reason, things weren’t panning out. I think it was a difficult time with music. It was during Backstreet Boys and Britney. I wanted to do different things. Who knows? I could give you a million reasons why. Maybe I wasn’t good enough, but I got into acting because it just kept coming my way.

When something knocks at your door so many times and you somewhat have an ease at it, I’m not saying I’m an amazing actor but it wasn’t something that was particularly too hard for me. I just decided to open up my heart and allow it in. You want to work and you want to make money and then I end up really liking it. Now it’s become my life. I never would have thought I would have been an actor.

CraveOnline: All those years ago, if iTunes had been as prevalent, music might have gone completely differently.

Moon Bloodgood: I think iTunes has completely changed the [business.] Music right now is to me in one of the best places it’s been in a long time. I think for the last 15 years to 20 years, it was like moments where good things would come and artists would break through, but then it was so much commercialism.

I hate to say it, but even with “American Idol,” it became less about what an artist looked like and more about what an artist sounded like. Now music, all these great bands like Little Dragon or all these unique sounds, with electronic and hip hop, we weren’t there 15 years ago. I was wanting to blend hip hop with electronic with folk sounds. I wanted Tracy Chapman meets some percussions with the hip hop. You just weren’t doing stuff like that.

CraveOnline: Did you save any of your demos?

Moon Bloodgood: I do have some, but I was never happy with my demos. My demos were always, if I worked with someone, they were always gearing me in a direction and I wanted to be a hybrid, you know. I think maybe one day I’ll go back to music. I don't know. I don't know if sometimes you lose a passion or you don’t lose it, it becomes more personal and less about sharing it with everyone?

You have less of a need to find validation out in the world that you’re good. You just have a need to explore it within yourself or I don't know if that’s just what I tell myself because I’m just a pussy, excuse my language. I’ll always love music, absolutely.

CraveOnline: I always wanted to ask you what is the origin of your first and last name?

Moon Bloodgood: Sure. Moon is actually my middle name. My first name is Korinna. My middle name is Moon and my last name is Bloodgood. Bloodgood is a Dutch name, and Moon is a Korean name that my mom gave me. She gave me my first and my middle name. It’s a story she has about the moon, and I just always felt more compelled to go by my middle name. I never really liked my first name.

CraveOnline: Korinna is lovely also.

Moon Bloodgood: I don't know, it felt too feminine and I really enjoy being masculine.

CraveOnline: It felt too feminine?

Moon Bloodgood: I don't know why I’ve always been uncomfortable being too feminine. If a dress has too many flowers on it, if I’m giggling too much, I’m like ugh, put some combat boots on. I love masculine women. I think it’s because I’m like a fake lesbian, I don't know.



CraveOnline: Did you get to explore the masculine in movies like Pathfinder and Terminator: Salvation?

Moon Bloodgood: I did. Pathfinder I did a lot of my own stunts. Terminator I got to do a lot of my own stunts. I’m very comfortable in my physicality. I’m getting older now. Sometimes my back hurts. Sometimes you’re like, “I don’t want to screw up my whole body.” You have to live in reality a little bit but yeah, I always want to think I’m the girl that can beat anyone down in my mind.

CraveOnline: Is there any good practical joking on the set of “Falling Skies?”

Moon Bloodgood: Our show does none of that. Our show is really serious. We’re so tired. It’s so crazy. We don’t play a lot of jokes on each other. There are times when Seychelle and I, in between takes when it’s just her and I in a scene, that we’ll start singing and dancing and getting the crew into it. But there’s no practical jokes. I think we would get in trouble. There are certain people on our show that probably wouldn’t like that.

CraveOnline: What are the really good Anne episodes coming up?

Moon Bloodgood: I think 206 and 207. 206 I get to go toe to toe with Tom. We get in our first, like, adult fight. I get to do a lot of medical stuff. It’s very stressful. Episode 207 I get to do a lot of physical stuff so it was a nice change for Anne who’s very much a neutral character.

CraveOnline: What will Anne think of the possible new government they’re looking for in South Carolina?

Moon Bloodgood: You know, we never really see her perspective on it. It’s always just in support of time but I think the reason she loves Tom is because he’s a true idealist. He romanticizes history which I personally, as Moon, I love to look back at history and see all the mistakes and all the wonderful things. I love anything that has to do with Abraham Lincoln or the founding fathers.

So I think Anne, it scares her but I think she finds comfort in the fact that there are people that even when the world is completely destroyed, you cannot stop power. You cannot stop people wanting to fight for political rights. That even when you strip everybody of their comforts, they still become the same thing. They still do the same things they’ve done in history. History always repeats itself.

Sometimes the window dressing changes, but humans are humans. They’re always going to want to dominate. They’re always going to want to fight for good. They’re always going to have a side to them that’s evil. There’s fundamentals you can’t change.

CraveOnline: I saw Six Sessions in Sundance when it was called The Surrogate.

Moon Bloodgood: I’m so proud of it.

CraveOnline: Did you have to do research to play the caretaker and know how that’s done?

Moon Bloodgood: You know, no. I just got into my body. I was like, “Okay, how would she walk? This is not a girl who’s primped up.” You saw what I look like. My hair’s slicked back. I’ve got no makeup on. I’ve got glasses. I got to be so real and I say very little. So my research was juts okay, I’m an architecture student, I’m of Chinese descent, I’m here to help him.

I didn’t overanalyze it. I think John Hawkes had a lot to analyze. His character was much more in depth. Mine was a supporting character that just got to be there, got to be the straight face.

CraveOnline: Was she based on a real person who helped him?

Moon Bloodgood: No, she was one of the few people that wasn’t. Everyone else I think was based on a real character.

CraveOnline: Would Hawkes get up and walk around in between takes?

Moon Bloodgood: He would. John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William Macy, I will never forget that experience. The three of them, very different, committed actors and I’m so lucky that I got to work with them. I just sat back and watched them.

These are great actors. I’ve never felt so compelled to do press for something because it’s so different than what I normally play. It’s just a fantastic movie. I actually got my first acting award with them. It says: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William Macy, Moon Bloodgood. I got Best Ensemble. I’m like, “Oh my God, I’ve arrived.”