December 3, 2006 -- TV�s latest man-in-jeopardy drama, �Day Break,� offers one respite from the staccato soundtrack of doors being kicked in, guns being cocked and buses crashing into cars. The willowy and beautiful actress Moon Bloodgood is the one soft spot amid the mayhem, the feminine balm to all the muscle and screech.
That she�s also the show�s damsel in distress makes more her alluring. The Taye Diggs drama follows the misadventures of Los Angeles detective Brett Hopper who is framed and arrested for murder. His alibi is his girlfriend, Rita Shelten, a nurse who knows where he was the night of the crime - in her bed. In a nightmare, Hopper dreams that Rita is murdered, an event he must prevent again and again in his waking life.
"Day Break" is Bloodgood's first series, a coup for someone who has only been acting for three years. The 30 year-old actress likes the show's challenging story structure. "My favorite movies were always thrillers, 'Memento,' 'The Usual Suspects,'" she says. "I love the idea that the audience member gets to solve a puzzle."
Prior to "Day Break," Bloodgood, 30, had only done small roles in comedies. She played Ashton Kutcher's ex-girlfriend in "A Lot Like Love" and kissed Josh Duhamel ("Las Vegas") in "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!" "There are worse ways to spend the day," she says blithely.
In her private life, she spends her days with fiance Eric Balfour, the tall, striking actor viewers remember from his appearance as a CTU employee on "24." Bloodgood won't say if they've set a wedding date, but she speaks candidly about her origins. Born Korinna Moon Bloodgood in Anaheim, California, she is the daughter of an American military man who was stationed in Korea when he met her mother.
"He brought her here and they got married," she says. "Moon is my middle name. My mom thought the moon was beautiful and in her village they didn't have electricity so the moon guided her home," she says. "I know it sounds farfetched."
Growing up in Orange County, she didnt travel in the same social circle as the real-life spoiled brats of "Laguna Beach" or even the fictitious spoiled brats of "The O.C."
"The misconception about Orange County is that it's all Caucasian and Republican. There are parts that are diverse and poor," she says. "It's not just a suburb of kids who have it easy."
Bloodgood has had a relatively easy time making it, but she'd like to make life easier for other children of mixed race. She plans to do charity work with Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"He's half-Korean and half African-American and he wants to help children of mixed heritage," she says. "There aren't a lot of Koreans in the sports world or in [the entertainment] industry. There's Sandra Oh. We're just starting to infiltrate."
Wednesday, 9 p.m., ABC
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