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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Aimee Garcia: "You Never Know Who’s Going to Die Next on a Show About a Serial Killer"

Fanhattan got to speak to Aimee Garcia about Dexter Season 7, RoboCop and more. Read her interview below. Beware of spoilers!

Fanhattan: Are you still shooting Dexter?
Aimee Garcia: No, we wrapped for the season and now I am in fulltime Robocop mode in Toronto.

Fanhattan: If you wrapped on Dexter, that’s good news, you made it to the end of the season without something bad happening to Jamie.
Aimee Garcia: Yes, it’s true. You never know who’s going to die next on a show about a serial killer. I definitely flipped through the script very quickly and it keeps you on your toes, I will say that.

Fanhattan: When you first got the role, did you know Jamie was going to become such an integral character?
Aimee Garcia: I didn’t. I knew she would be important to the nuclear family life of Dexter because essentially she’s the mother figure to his kids since Rita was no longer there. So I knew that at least in the personal life of Dexter she would become very important but the thing about the show, it’s so unpredictable, especially when it comes to relationships, so I didn’t know where it was going to go, if she was going to start dating someone or not date someone or move in. There are so many different ways she could go as Batista’s little sister and Dexter’s fulltime nanny, or be at the wrong place at the wrong time and end up with blood all over her so that Dexter can be motivated to make a justified kill. So I definitely had no idea and was just kind of along for the ride. Hit the jump to read more!


Fanhattan: We’re only caught up to the fourth episode of this season, so what’s coming up for Jamie?
Aimee Garcia: Well, in typical Dexter fashion, mum’s the word over here, but she continues to fall for Harrison more and more and really, really loves that kid like her own. She has love goggles for her boss Dexter. He’s the best boss in the world. He gives her spending money when she goes to pick up the kids, Astor and Cody. She just really trusts him and thinks that Louis is crazy for thinking that Dexter is anything other than an amazing father. So she definitely keeps wearing bikinis, I can tell you that much as a true Miami girl, but beyond that, like I said, she could always be at the wrong place at the wrong time on this show or not.

Fanhattan: Were bikinis part of the job description?
Aimee Garcia: Not initially but any time you see the word Miami, you have to assume that half naked is pretty close behind.

Fanhattan: Are you comfortable with that as an actor?
Aimee Garcia: You know, I am actually. I’m part Puerto Rican so I think it’s in the blood to just be comfortable in island wear. I am actually. I did have to do my first nude scene on this show which was a bit of a challenge, but when you’re working on such a critically acclaimed show with amazing actors, you know that you’re going to be lit beautifully and it’s going to be very professional. It’s actually a very freeing experience. It’s been great. Right now I’m working with Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton, but I have to say, working with Michael C. Hall for the past two years, I told him when we wrapped season six, I said, “You know, Michael, you kind of screwed it for me because working with you is so amazing that I don’t know where to go from there.” He’s just so professional and such an incredible listener. Whenever the cameras are rolling, he’s absolutely present. You can see why he is so good. He just makes you better and it’s great.

Fanhattan: Do you think there’ll be a new love interest for Jamie after Louis?
Aimee Garcia: I don’t know. She is flirty and fun and now apparently single, so I think that’s a big possibility.

Fanhattan: Is she going to find out about Louis soon?
Aimee Garcia: I don’t know. I will say this: The writers are so talented that they rarely plant seeds that they don’t see through. I think that’s what makes the show so special, the way the writers kind of weave everything together, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes out later. But it really is nice. Even a simple scene like we saw this season already, when Jamie tells Dexter that Harrison is growing out of his toys, it sets the stage later for Dexter to realize that he’s growing out of his toys which are his blood slides. So for seven years, we’ve seen the serial killer collect trophies and become very attached to them. Here he sees the nanny of his kid throw away toys that Harrison no longer needs and at the end of the episode, Dexter’s throwing away his blood slides. So the writers have this incredible way of making a scene that could’ve been a nothing scene kind of have a bigger impact on Dexter.

Fanhattan: Were you a fan of Dexter before you got the job?
Aimee Garcia: Oh yeah, absolutely. I really think it changed the face of television. The show is on its seventh year and I think it really opened the floodgates for shows like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. If someone would’ve said that they were making a show about a serial killer killing other serial killers, I don’t think that anyone could’ve pulled that off except for the exceptional Michael C. Hall. So I feel like this show is so iconic and I think there’s a reason that the ratings keep going up even after seven years. The writers and cast are incredible and it’s very rare I think, especially in 2012 where everyone can see everything, to have a show that keeps outsmarting you and keeps you on your toes. I was in Whole Foods the other day and I overheard these two girls say, “Do you think she really saw his tools? You don’t think that was a dream?” And the other girl said, “I don’t know, maybe it is a dream because it’d be crazy if she really saw it in real life. I’m sure it was just a dream or something.” It was just so cool that after a show being on for seven years, you’re randomly in Whole Foods and two girls next to you are talking about something as if it was the first year of the series. So I really think it’s a special show and I think it really changed the face of television. Maybe I’m biased, but I think it’ll go down as one of the best instrumental shows in television history.

Full interview here.

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