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Emily Deschanel
An August 2006 Interview

She's a talented actress working with a great cast, including David Boreanaz, on the set of Fox's hit crime drama "Bones." It doesn't get any better than this for the viewers. We are the lucky ones.

The fact that the lovely actress is in show business should not surprise anybody in this galaxy. Her father is cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel, her mother is actress Mary Jo Deschanel and her sister, actress Zooey Deschanel, beat out a strong field of actresses to land the prime role of Janis Joplin in the new biopic about the late rocker's life.

Emily has thespian blood flowing through her veins and knows how to use it wisely. I say "wisely" because she agreed to star with David Boreanaz in the Fox hit drama "Bones," which centers around the growing friendship between anthropologist Temperence Brennan (Deschanel) and special agent Seely Booth (Boreanaz) as they solve crimes using Brennan's ability to discover clues on victims' bones and Booth's ability to enforce the law no matter what it takes.

On Wednesday (August 30, 2006 at 8pm on Fox), the series begins its second season with an episode entitled "The Titan on the Tracks." Brennan and Booth visit the site of a train wreck to figure out the circumstances that led to the death of a senator and the apparent suicide attempt of a businessman found in a car on the train tracks. The bones expert will also meet her new boss, Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor), a first-rate pathologist who seems to know a little too much about Booth because of a prior relationship. It's a fun episode with enough twists and turns to make any mystery lover happy.

When I spoke with Emily, she put me at ease in seconds. She loves her job and has a ball on the set with her fellow actors, expecially Boreanaz, who keeps everybody loose and laughing. They make a great team.

The Emily Deschanel Interview with Tony Bray

I understand they're going to give Booth some women to deal with this year. Are the writers making your relationship more complex because of that?

Definitely. We have a new cast member, Tamara Taylor. It's hinted that she previously had a relationship with Booth. The character's name is Dr. Camille Saroyan and she is my new boss. It has a lot of different dynamics. There's some jealousy and some competition between our characters. It's interesting. He has that former relationship with the other woman and it definitely has a different dynamic because they're trying to figure out how they feel about each other.
David also told me that you and he also practice a lot on the weekends.
Tomorrow morning we're working together. We rehearse almost every weekend together and then go over the scenes and figure out what to do.
"Bones" was my favorite new show last season.
Thank you.
Do you get much help from Kathy Reichs on terminologies that a real anthropologist might use?
A little bit. She came for a couple of weeks. I was able to pick her brain a little bit. We also have a friend we consult who is not a forensic anthropologist, but knows a lot of the stuff. Kathy reads all the scripts. I've dealt with forensic anthropology with other shows, so I try to do as much research as I can. It's such an interesting field that has advanced so much in the last fifty years. It is fascinating.
Technology makes it a much wider field now.
Once a body has decomposed to a certain point -- it can take as little as a couple of weeks -- it can get to the point where you need an anthropologist rather than a pathologist or medical examiner.
You have a hit pretty early in your career. Has this changed your life a lot when you're off the set? Do people recognize you more now?
It doesn't happen that much. It's certainly more than it ever happened before I did the show. I was in an airport and one of the managers walked by and said, "that's an actress." It was just funny to hear that as I walked by.
You are kind of gutsy. I noticed you used the word "feminism" in a Jane magazine article. I'm surprised politically correct people didn't try to bring you down for that.
I think it's very PC. I don't understand why that word makes people angry, but I know what you mean. Feminism just means you believe in equality between men and women. Unfortunately, that is not completely the case even today.
I agree with you. Do you and Zooey talk much about her selection to play Janis Joplin.
I just saw her an hour ago. She's been preparing for it for awhile now.
She is going to have to be like a boxer and train for that role tons. Janice had such an amazing stage presence ... so much energy.
She certainly is well prepared. She's been singing everyday. She's always been a singer. She has an amazing voice. She does shows in Los Angeles. She has an amazing stage presence as well. She can just bring down a house. It awes me. She blows me away when she sings. I think there is no one better to play that role. It makes me so happy she is doing it. She was born to play it.
Do you know what drew you to "Bones" in the first place, how you got the audition and what you found interesting on day one?
I got the audition because of an executive at Disney. I had done "Glory Road" for Jerry Bruckheimer. He sent me to Barry Josephson for the role. I remember I loved the way the script kind of balanced all these things at once. You have this procedural show, but it's not really so procedural. You have this great witty repartee between the two characters, Booth and Brennan. There's humor. You get to know the characters as much you know how the crime is being solved. I love the humor and the relationship between Booth and Brennan.
David looks like he has a twinkle in his eye in a lot of the episodes. I think that helps. He's got to be fun to work with.
He is so much fun to work with. He does have a twinkle in his eye. He is so much fun. He really keeps the set light and fun. I think the crew is happy to be there because of him. He keeps everyone entertained. He is the definition of an extrovert.
I could tell that when I interviewed him a few months ago. He had me laughing all during the interview.
He is completely unpredictable. Sometimes I don't know what planet he is on. I love it. He is always joking and he's just very funny.
That's probably why you like going to work everyday. It's a new adventure. Plus the writers. You've got a good show. It will be a hit as long as you and David want to be on the show.
I hope so. I really enjoy it. I just thank my lucky stars everyday that I get to do this job. "Bones" creator Hart Hanson is just a great writer and he's got some other great writers onboard. It sounds weird, and I don't want to jinx it, but I really won the lottery on this one. All the actors are so great to work with and David just cracks everybody up everyday. He is totally unpredictable.
What else makes you laugh other than David?
Besides David? I don't know. Really stupid humor, really bad humor. Sometimes my sister thumbs her nose up at me.
Sounds like you've got a good family at home and on the set.
I think it is so important to laugh at yourself, to realize if you're taking yourself too seriously. I think that's important.
You and David have made my job easier this year, plus I love the show. It entertains me every week.
Thank you so much. I hope to talk to you again sometime soon.

End of the Emily Deschanel Interview

For more information about "Bones," visit the Fox Web Site for all the details and videos. Click here to read Tony Bray's interview with "Bones" star David Boreanaz. If you find some old bones in your yard, call a forensic anthropologist to help determine if they are supposed to be there.

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