Abigail Spencer on Timeless's "Elegant Goodbye" and the Present's Legacy: "We're Tremendous Grateful"


These previous two years have been fairly the journey for Timeless followers. The time-traveling drama first premiered in 2016, and since then the sequence has been canceled, renewed, and then canceled once more. After all, by way of all of the highs and lows these previous two seasons, the present has additionally gained a devoted following. The present’s followers, who name themselves Clockblockers, haven’t solely fallen in love with the characters and the actors who play them, however the vital tales the sequence tells about historical past, variety, and preventing for what you consider in.

In truth, the ardent help of the Timeless fandom is a giant motive why the sequence is coming again but once more for a two-hour film in December. After NBC introduced that it was canceling the sequence for a second time in June, followers started to flood Twitter with the hashtag #SaveTimeless. They even paid for a helicopter to fly above Comedian-Con in an effort to carry the present again. As a result of overwhelming response, NBC finally introduced they had been doing a vacation film to wrap up the story.

Whether or not or not the present will get picked up by one other community down the highway (followers are nonetheless pushing to get it renewed), we will a minimum of take consolation in the truth that now we have yet one more journey to look ahead to. Because the present will get able to go on what is likely to be its final journey, I had an opportunity to speak with one of many present’s stars, Abigail Spencer, about every little thing from the present’s fan-favorite romances to her most emotional day on set, in addition to what enjoying Lucy Preston has meant to her.

POPSUGAR: So, these previous two seasons have actually been a mixture of feelings with the sequence getting canceled, renewed, and canceled once more. What was your response if you discovered you had been getting picked up, but once more, for the Timeless film?

“You simply sort of throw your arms up. You are like, ‘All proper. I do not know what’s good for the world,’ and you need to transfer on.”

AS: I used to be fairly upset after we bought canceled the second time. I used to be like, “I am unable to take it anymore.” I believe, after the primary time, you are like, “Okay, we did our greatest.” You already know what I imply? Exhibits get canceled on a regular basis. I believe after the second time the place it felt just like the present bought higher, our fanbase bought deeper . . . You simply sort of throw your arms up. You are like, “All proper. I do not know what’s good for the world,” and you need to transfer on. It’s a must to sort of lick your wounds. I believe I most likely bought on a aircraft and went someplace. I am like, “I am unable to take care of this no extra.” Nevertheless it was thrilling [when we got picked up for the movie] as a result of, on the similar time, this does not occur the place a present will get to have a sublime goodbye. And that is what I have been calling it, is a sublime goodbye, which we’re tremendous grateful for. Most instances you simply get yanked – particularly after that season two cliffhanger finale. It is like, “Actually? That is the place we go away it?” So [I’m] tremendous grateful [to do the Timeless film]. It is tremendous enjoyable to do a vacation film and sort of use the present for that. We had been on set, Malcolm [Barrett], Matt [Lanter], Claudia [Doumit], and I, and we had been like, “Wait a second. Are we in a Christmas film?” We’re like, “Are folks going to look at this yearly at Christmas?”

PS: Most likely, understanding the fanbase.

AS: Yeah. In order that was sort of enjoyable, too, as a result of that is a bucket listing sort of factor. And [we] actually had a ball. Coming again to it understanding that you simply cheated loss of life twice, you are similar to, “All proper. Let’s give it yet one more go.”

PS: The season two finale leaves issues on fairly a little bit of a cliffhanger, with future Lucy and Wyatt popping up. What number of timelines are there within the film?

AS: There are two totally different historic occasions that we go go to, and so they’re each Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which is cool as a result of I did not know that these occasions occurred at these instances. And you continue to sort of get the teachings. You get two classes of the week. When you concentrate on the pilot, we went to the Hindenburg crashing, which couldn’t have been a much bigger, extra explosive, extra – actually the Hindenburg is large. So it is like an enormous historic second. It is an enormous spectacle. After which I really feel like the place we land, the place we go, and who we work together with [in the movie], no person is traditionally “related” within the final second. We simply meet somebody who touches us on a private degree. Lucy even says within the finale, she’s like, “What is the level of saving historical past if we do not save the folks in it?” That is a giant arc for Lucy to go from solely wanting to guard and save presidents or traditionally superimportant folks – it is all in regards to the vital folks and then you definitely notice everyone’s vital as a result of everyone’s historical past is vital. Everyone is vital in their very own timeline. That is an enormous arc and I believe we had been in a position to observe that basically naturally all through the 2 seasons.

PS: I additionally assume that goes with our dialog in March if you talked about how season two targeted extra on ladies and folks of colour. These are the issues that you do not see as a lot of within the historical past books. So to go a fair deeper degree with the film – of not simply historic figures, however simply common folks – to avoid wasting that sort of historical past as effectively is absolutely fascinating.

AS: Yeah. Completely. And we hold with that. In every episode the sort of central communities that we go and go to are Hispanic and Korean, so we positively hold with that move that season two was increase fairly properly.

PS: Throughout season two, Lucy and Wyatt had been going by way of a little bit of a tough patch.

AS: I really feel like they’ve all the time been going by way of a tough patch.

PS: They’ve, they’ve. Nevertheless it was extra of a curler coaster in season two with all of the highs and the lows. However we additionally noticed Lucy develop nearer with Flynn, and it brought on followers to change into divided about who they need Lucy to finish up with. Do you assume that there will likely be one thing for each “Lyatt” followers and “Garcy” followers on this film?

AS: 100%. Yeah. 100%. Additionally, what I’d say is that I believe that it is so cool that individuals are divided. That is naturally good storytelling as a result of if it was simply so clear by some means, then there would not be any battle. So it is actually wonderful that as a lot as folks love Lucy and Wyatt as a result of they’re our time crew, it is sort of like – keep in mind how we met Flynn? Flynn was a terrorist and now individuals are like, “I sort of need Lucy and Flynn collectively.” [Laughter] I believe that is fairly good storytelling and actually good casting.

PS: It is also simply the characters. They’re so multidimensional. They are not only a hero or a villain, they will all be each.

AS: Sure, and that was intentional. That was a part of the design. So I am glad that that is actually been adopted by way of and that folks get hip to it as effectively. They’re like, “Oh, I like that.”

PS: With the photographs which were launched for the film, it seems Rufus is alive and effectively in a few of these timelines, however there’s additionally one picture of the time crew standing round a desk (above) that has followers freaking out as a result of Lucy and Flynn aren’t there. This entire time we have been involved with getting Rufus again, however ought to we be anxious in regards to the destiny of different characters on this film?

AS: Sure. You must. That is all I am going to say about that.

PS: How emotional was your final day on set?

AS: Truly, my second to final day on set was essentially the most emotional as a result of that was the day that Malcolm wrapped. When he wrapped, I burst into tears. We additionally shot a scene that was, I’d say, one of the vital emotional ones of all the sequence. So that basically affected [me]. I believe it began to really feel actual. When Malcolm wrapped, it actually was like, “Oh. This is likely to be the final time.”

PS: Did you’re taking something from set with you as a memento out of your time on the present?

AS: Oh my gosh. If I let you know, NBC and Sony would possibly ship out a sniper to kill me. [laughter]

PS: They will get Rittenhouse after you?

AS: Yeah. Precisely. I am making an attempt to assume, what did I take as a memento? I’ve a few of Lucy’s objects. The massive factor that I need that I have not gotten but, they made three of the Katharine Hepburn attire from “Hollywoodland.” I need a kind of attire. I am like, give it for posterity and for my assortment, it is one of the vital unimaginable costumes I am going to ever put on.

PS: Over the previous few months, there was such an outpouring of help from the present’s followers. They’ve gotten helicopters with banners to fly over Comedian-Con. They even put up a billboard in Occasions Sq. lately. As a forged member on this present, what has that fan help meant to you?

AS: It is helped me reengage with storytelling on such a human degree as a result of I additionally do not wish to make what I do too vital. It is like that blissful medium of I hopefully get to carry pleasure in folks’s life and entertain folks and make them really feel issues. That is a part of the enjoyment of being an entertainer, nevertheless it’s actually made it very private and simply helped me guard what I do, guard tales, actually perceive who they’re for and up the stakes, too, which is an exquisite factor. And it is very humbling. It’s totally humbling that folks would spend their money and time. I imply that’s invaluable and the truth that they’d share it with us, spend it on us, in any capability simply actually blows me away. That is a part of why we bought to return make the film. Everybody wished to do it for them. It is simply so impassioned it could not be ignored. It is cool proper now, and with what is going on on on the planet, is that it gave the ability to the folks.

PS: I do know followers are nonetheless making an attempt to get the present picked up by one other community. Whether or not or not that occurs, will the film tie issues up in a pleasant little bow or will there nonetheless be a number of free ends simply in case the present does find yourself getting one other life, one other time?

AS: I believe, hopefully, will probably be sufficient satisfying and sufficient unsatisfying as all good storytelling is. As a result of whether or not or not we get to make extra Timeless, I believe the hope of the story is that the story will hold residing on in anybody who watches it. That they will take it with them and it will encourage them to do one thing or they will hold imagining what the characters lives are like past when the cameras cease rolling. That is simply the cool factor about storytelling is that basically, on the finish of the day, it lives in our imaginations.

PS: Is there something you did not get to do with Lucy that you simply want you could possibly have?

AS: Oh my gosh. Sure. So many issues. If we might gotten picked up for season three, we might have lived with Tomb Raider Lucy for a season. That will have been actually cool to discover. With the construction of the present, something may have been attainable. There are simply so many tales we wished to inform from the previous. There’s simply so many characters in our historical past that we wished to satisfy. So many individuals we wished to place up on the display screen, so folks may discover themselves in our historic protagonists. That will have been nice to discover.

PS: So many individuals have fallen in love with the present over the previous two seasons, however they’ve actually fallen in love with the character of Lucy. There are folks speaking about how a lot they love Lucy on social media, however there are additionally mothers posting about their little women who’re enthusiastic about historical past due to her. What has that been like enjoying a personality that so many younger ladies look as much as?

“Her superpower is her mind and her humor and her mind, and her cape is her awkwardness and her klutziness.”

AS: Properly, even simply to listen to you say that brings tears to my eyes. That is why I selected to play her. I imply, it is very fascinating to sort of be nearly three years down the highway into my very own story with Lucy. I had simply completed – I truly hadn’t even shot the fourth season of Rectify. I simply completed the third season of Rectify, and Timeless got here my means. I used to be sort of deciding if I used to be going to do one other tv present as a result of it is like, I will be so burned out. And when Lucy got here alongside one, the timing labored out. What I cherished about her and what my hope and my intention for her once I first learn [the script] was that I wish to play a lady who doesn’t lead together with her sexuality, however her superpower is her mind and her humor and her mind, and her cape is her awkwardness and her klutziness, however I additionally wished her to develop. So we actually deliberately – you meet her in a spot the place she’s extra awkward and does not know what she’s doing and actually sort of overwhelmed by all of it, and you actually see her develop into a lady who owns her house on the planet, by way of tragedy too. Lucy, by the top of season two, had misplaced every little thing and but she chooses to maintain going.

I believe what you will really feel within the finale is how Lucy prevails and the sacrifices and the alternatives that she’s needed to make. So, that is a very sort of roundabout means of claiming it means a lot to me. I wished to play somebody that little women may look as much as. Daily we talked about it on set with Shawn [Ryan] and Eric [Kripke]. Each scene, each selection, each costume, each look was considered with the individuals who’d be watching it. I used to be considering of little me. Who would I wish to look as much as? It was achieved with nice intention and to see folks reply to it is extremely overwhelming. It simply means a lot to me and encourages me to maintain doing that whether or not it is Lucy or simply any characters that I get to play sooner or later. I believe we’re in a very pivotal second with ladies in entrance of the digicam and who we put on the market on the planet, and I’m approaching it with nice intention.

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