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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Julie Benz: "I don't know one actor who'd want to be taken off a show like Dexter"

New interview with Julie on The day started with Julie Benz in all her hotness; she was as radiant and engaging as fans would expect, despite not knowing whether 'No Ordinary Family' will be renewed next season. "We haven't heard anything official. The official word will be out in May," she confirmed. "But it's not a good sign when the network starts moving your show around."

With three episodes remaining this season, she's referring to the second-to-last episode, which will be moving to Saturday, March 26, at 10PM before the season finale the following Tuesday at the regular 8PM time slot. Never good news, but you could tell it was particularly hard on Benz, whose shocking departure from 'Dexter' is still fresh in her mind.

"I don't know one actor who'd want to be taken off a show like that. It was not my choice and they told me an hour before they put out the script. Thank god I didn't have too much time to think about it because I loved playing Rita. I loved working with Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, and I loved the producers and the writers. We were very much a family."

The hardest thing for her was keeping it a secret from that family in the final ten days of shooting. "It was hard just going to work. I would have moments where I would sit at home and confront the fact that I wasn't going to be playing Rita anymore. There were a lot of tears and a lot of alcohol. In the final scene, they told the crew an hour before we went to shoot it, so big burly grips started crying. I'd have scenes with Michael where I'd look at him and just start crying for no reason." Read more after the jump...

Still, she tried to have fun with it. Her boyfriend decorated her trailer like a morgue and she floated the Styrofoam tombstone he gave her in the bathtub during her final scene. "That's the nature of the business. I'm just a hired gun. Your job as an actor is to bring a storyline to life and do what the writers ask of you. They wanted a shocking ending and unfortunately, the only way you can change the game besides killing Dexter is to kill Rita."

She may face another game changer if 'No Ordinary Family' doesn't make it past the first season and lose what she considers another close-knit family and another character she loves to play. "Playing Stephanie Powell is the culmination of everything in my career. I get to do really great dramatic work, I get to do some fun comedy and I get to do some stunts. It's a dream role and it will be nice if it continues."

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