After playing the youngest Braverman daughter on ‘Parenthood,’ it can’t be easy to step into a role of the love interest of a serial killer. However, it is Ed Westwick. We chatted to Erika Christensen all about her prep for her new role on ABC’s fall drama, ‘Wicked City.’
Goodbye Julia, hello Betty. In Wicked City, Erika Christensen takes on the role of Betty Smith, a nurse and mother of two who gets mixed up with a bad boy — Kent Galloway, played by none else but Gossip Girl‘s Ed Westwick. However, by bad boy, I don’t mean he smokes cigarettes; I mean he’s a killer who hooks up with girls, kills them… then ties them to his bed. Not exactly Chuck Bass. So, what should we expect between the two? Erika tells HollywoodLife.com about the “playful” approach to the creepy new show.
“I think it’s really interesting because we meet Betty, she’s not super comfortable in her own skin,” Erika told HollywoodLife about her new show. “ She falls for someone who’s so dangerous and seems to be down for anything. It think it’s fascinating to see where you go from there and how that can affect someone. Were approaching it somewhat playfully in that. It’s an interesting real-life question: What do you do when you fall for someone dangerous?”
Erika, is also currently partnering with Lean Cuisine®, which just announced their transformation into a brand that stands for modern eating and an ally for women’s wellness. Through bold, ethnic flavors, new attributes, contemporary packaging and a reorganization of its meals into four sub-lines, the brand has evolved to reflect how Americans are making food choices. Erika, who admitted that the meals help her maintain her life as a complete “health nut,” has really put everything into this role, even though it couldn’t be more different than her past role: Julie Braverman on Parenthood.
has really put everything into this role, even though it couldn’t be different than her past role: Julie Braverman on Parenthood.
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“I’ve continually warned Parenthood fans that this is not going to be the same. Julia is going to take a break from life for a while and maybe eventually come back for a family reunion,” she told us… which yes, that means she would like to see some sort of reunion down the road. But in the mean time, she’s all about focusing on Betty and Kent.
“It’s electrifying in the same way that any good love story and or crime story is. It’s an interesting social experiment of what happens when you fall for possibly call the wrong person,” she said. We’re not totally convinced it’s possible that Ed Westwick could be the wrong person for anyone, but as for what she personally thinks of him: “he’s Ed Westwick.”
Wicked City premieres on ABC on October 27.
— Emily Longeretta