iZombie returns this Tuesday, October 6, with a brand new season full of answers about how the zombies came to be and who is behind their creation. Also in the second season of this comedic crime drama, viewers will learn more about Vaughn's (Steven Weber) villainous assistant Gilda (Leanne Lapp), who they met during the season one finale.
We recently got the chance to speak with Lapp about her character, what's coming up for Liv (Rose McIver) and more.
Enstars: Viewers first met your character Gilda during the season one finale of iZombie, but as a refresher just share a bit more about her.
Leanne Lapp: Gilda is your classic femme fatal character. We first meet her at the end of season one in an old diner, where she is exchanging cash for a thumb drive containing some delicate information. She is calm and cool and will not be intimidated. You get the vibe that she's capable of anything.
We know initially you were cast solely for the one episode, but wound up getting written into season two as a recurring character so what was that moment of finding out the news like?
It was completely serendipitous! I had such an amazing time shooting season one. I remember thinking when it was over that the character had turned into something really cool that I never expected and that it was a shame that we wouldn't get to know anymore about her. When I found out the show creators felt the same way, I could not believe my good luck!
What drew you to this character?
She was so powerful! She just didn't give an inch! Sitting across from this guy [Cameron portrayed by Rhys Ward] the average person would find pretty intimidating, she isn't fazed at all and she totally dominates him. I knew she wasn't just a regular girl and I was instantly curious about who she was.
How did you prepare for this role?
I watched a lot of classic, stand out femme fatales in film and television. When we shot season one, I was watching Robin Wright play Claire Underwood in House of Cards. I was very inspired by how still and collected she is at all times. It's terrifying! As silly as it sounds, a big part of preparing to play Gilda was just mentally psyching myself up for it! Gilda is 100% sure of herself at all times. She's extremely confident and has no inhibitions. When you're on camera, it's only natural to feel a little insecure about yourself. I knew going into it that if I was feeling unsure of myself at all it would affect my performance and the whole thing just wouldn't work. So, funny enough, playing Gilda has been a bit of a lesson in self-love!
What can viewers of season two expect from Gilda?
Villainy! She puts a lot of the other characters in compromising situations!
Viewers don't know much about Gilda, but in what ways will that change throughout season two?
As of now, we only know Gilda as "the red head in the green dress" [and] she stays pretty elusive, but over the course of the season more and more is revealed about her.
Do you know exactly how many episodes your character is appearing in?
You know what I don't! The cast gets scripts on a week-to-week basis, similar to how the audience views the show. Every time I get a script I read it with my fingers crossed!
How will your character first be introduced to viewers in the new season?
My lips are sealed! But I will say that she pops up in places you wouldn't expect her!
How will Gilda mess with Liv this season since she is clearly up to no good given her association with Vaughn?
You'll just have to wait and see!
Can you tease your favorite scene that you've shot so far?
Recently I shot a scene that had a "full on zombie mode" zombie in it. It was the first time I'd gotten to have a scene with one and, let me tell you, this actress was so frightening! You see them so much on television you think you'd be desensitized to it, but when there's an actor right in front of you, in full costume and make-up, growling and trying to get at you t's very fun and cool and scary all at the same time!
What has it been like working with this cast?
Everyone has been absolutely amazing! They've been so welcoming to me and there really isn't a bad egg in the group. We have a couple of pranksters as well that are always keeping things light on set. A few weeks ago, there was a fart machine put into one of the prop bags and it kept going off during a scene. We could not figure out where the noise was coming from!
What would you like to see happen to Gilda by the season's end and why?
I have my predictions, but it's hard to say without giving anything away!
Why should people tune in for the new season of iZombie?
It's one of the best shows on TV right now--Okay, I'm biased--and it's really challenging what can be done within the zombie genre. You've got absolutely hilarious writing of the highest caliber, mystery and suspense in every episode and these wonderful, lovable characters grounding the whole experience. In season two we really start to delve deeper into exactly how these zombies were created and who's responsible. It really keeps you on your toes!
iZombie airs on The CW at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesdays.