'Killing' Star: 'It's Going To Get Nasty'
There have been many horrifying moments throughout the first season and a half of AMC's The Killing -- from the brutal murder of Rosie Larsen to the public's brutal reaction to the bait-and-switch finale. But nothing has sent as much terror through my body as the moment in last week's episode when Stan Larsen quietly crept into his sister-in-law's bedroom in the wee hours with uncertain motives.
My hands flew to my mouth, I began shouting "No!" at the television and hoped against hope that these two lost souls wouldn't find comfort in one another's arms. Yet they did. And I learned while chatting with actress Jamie Anne Allman, that she had exactly the same reaction.
Insider.com: I pretty much freaked when Stan and Terry kisses -- how did you react?
Jamie Anne Allman: Your response was exactly how I felt too [laughs]. I thought the viewers would be screaming "No! No! No! Leave!" That's how I am when I'm into a show: I'm talking back to the TV, wondering why the characters don't listen to me. And I just knew the audience would be freaking out.
Insider: From an acting point of view, where did that moment come from for Terry?
Jamie: I have to blame Stan [laughs]. He's the one that came into Terry's room while she was chilling in bed listening to music. I think she was confused in those first moments. "Is this really what's happening right now?" You know when things happen in slo-mo, that's kind of what was going on there. She knows it's not right but went ahead and did it anyway. I think she was confused but also really needed some kind of solace for everything she's going through in life. She's still heartbroken because Michael Ames has basically cut her out of his life and she doesn't know why. Plus, Rosie found out about Beau Soleil because of the computer in Terry's bedroom. In a way, Stan made her feel accepted and loved despite the choices she's made.
Insider: She had a minor breakdown with the boys a few weeks back, will we see more of her cracking?
Jamie: Oh yes. There's some stuff coming up where I'm carrying a lot of emotion. So much so that even after they called cut, it was hard for me to stop and then start at the beginning again to do take two. I mean, that's the thing the audience doesn't understand – I'm not crying in one scene, I'm crying in one scene that I had to do 20 takes of. In real life, if I breakdown once, I need to take a nap. But this is the job and I love it.
Insider: Last week also revealed that Stan isn't Rosie's biological father. Did that turn surprise you?
Jamie: I was really surprised. Thought it was such an interesting choice – it never even crossed my mind as an option. But I think that says a lot about Stan as a person -- that he stood by Rosie and treated her like his biological daughter. Only someone with character would do something like that. That's why Terry looks up to him. She's always looked at her sister's life and wanted a man that deeply loved her like that. Despite what happened with Stan and Mitch, he loves his wife. He needs her and wants her to come home. I think the throughline of it all is he's a great man who sometimes makes less than great choices.
Insider: Speaking of Mitch, how does Terry feel towards her sister right now?
Jamie: Terry really loves Mitch but is incredibly frustrated by her right now because it's forced her into a situation that was her dream, but it's a false dream. It can't last forever because Mitch won't stay away forever. So she's stepping up because she loves the family and feels like she belongs there, but at the same time, it's irritating and not really fair for Mitch to just go off and leave everybody because that's how she decides to handle the loss of her daughter. A lot more about their relationship is going to come out.
Insider: What else are you excited for fans to see in the coming weeks?
Jamie: A lot of reveals will be revealed in terms of Terry's relationship with Michael Ames. A lot of the repercussions from the secrets involved with that relationship will come to a head. There will also be repercussions because of her secret with Beau Soleil. It's going to get nasty.
Insider: You just finished the finale. How do you think fans will like it?
Jamie: I was very surprised and shocked by the finale -- and I think they will be too. All of their questions will be answered and they will finally find out who Rosie's killer is. They introduce a whole new case at the end of season two, which means the end of [The Larsen Family] – they're wrapping up Rosie. It's done. Whole new case, whole new cast.
The Killing airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.