Q. Kelli, I want to ask you - Iím sure Kelli that you realize as entertainment writers we like to
sort of compare things with preexisting things. Iím sure youíve probably heard youíre the
female Jack Bauer as some point in the early parts of the season.
But itís just a great role. How do you sort of want to see this character developed?
Kelli Giddish: You know, I hadnít heard that comparison, but I think itís got the same - sheís
got the same kick-butt attitude as some other characters weíve seen that are great action
stars with different as - the show takes place in Texas and sheís a Texas girl and sheís also
coming from a family that...You know, I mean, she - her father is a criminal, is an outstanding
fugitive. So sheís a girl that ended up on the right side of the law, and to see how that
happened and why sheís so committed to her job, I think is going to be a really interesting
Q. Right. And Cole, youíre playing a Texan, youíre described as a true cowboy, youíre a
Marshall. How do you sort of keep it fresh, how do you keep it from being sort of clichť?
Cole Hauser: Well, first and foremost Iíve never played a Texan before and I think whatís
so cool about Texas and Texans is theyíre very proud (of the) state, as you know.
So, this is something that Iíve always wanted to just play kind of a throwback American character. And talking with
Jen and Jon Littman and Bruckheimer and David Nutter who cast the pilot and directed it, it became very interesting
to me and I think that through the last seven episodes the team of writers and Jen Johnson have taken this character
and had him go a few different ways, you know what I mean?
Heís not (this typical) kind for redneck who is from the country. Heís a well-rounded smart guy who grew up in the country but moved on to
being a Marshal and is very proud of that.
Q. Why do you think people are always attracted to that, to the chase movies, to the cop shows, to those types of films or TV series?
Jennifer Johnson: You know, from I think - Kelli and Cole and I...This is Jennifer speaking we talked a lot about what made our hearts pump
faster. And we do see so many special effects, and this is about that visceral feeling of chasing somebody and/or being chased.
Itís getting back to basics. Itís getting back to the heroes chasing the criminals. Good guys versus bad guys. Everything is so complicated these
days. This is the return of the American hero.
Cole and Kelli are both so dedicated to their jobs and so dedicated to what they do for very different, different reasons but itís a feeling of
wanting to get back to the basics.
Kelli Giddish: Yeah and you know like when you where speaking, Earl, itís like - I thought of like Bruce Willis in Die Hard, you know, and how
much - I grew up with that and how much we all loved him.
You know and itís that kind of thing. You see the - when I go to work Iíve got adrenalin pumping through my veins and I think for sure thatís
going to show up on film.
You know, I mean they like to see...
Q. Because you enjoy it.
Kelli Giddish: Yeah, thatís right. I mean, itís not...
Q. And people see it.
Kelli Giddish: Exactly. Itís not an eye in the sky that is seeing some big explosion and feeling the sparks later. No, itís - the sparks are
happening, you know, inside of us and I think, I mean, itís going to show up on film in Coleís eyes and my eyes and in our faces and I think
when the writers are writing it theyíve - theyíre pumped and I think itís going to show up in the film.
Jennifer Johnson: And Earl you know these guys do their stunts, youíve got to see Kelli and Cole on set sometime. Stop by.
Cole Hauser: Keep in mind that everything that you see, up until this point, for the most part, is us. And whether itís me driving a car or jumping
out of a six-story window or Kelli hanging out the side of an airplane as itís about to take off or jumping off a bridge. I mean, these are all things
that you donít see on television, the actors doing.
So I think what makes this show special is not only the mental side of it and finding the criminal and getting into the criminals mind but also the
fact that youíre seeing two actors kind of in their prime who are athletes doing a lot of amazing stunt work with a great stunt coordinator and Eric
So, I think itís a wonderful opportunity for us but also for the American audience to see, I mean, two dedicated actors in many different ways.
Q. Jennifer, the first thing I wanted to ask is, obviously, you came off of Cold Case so you would know better than anybody that we have so
many different crime dramas on the air already. What made you want to go back into that genre to create this show?
I mean, how do you differentiate it from all the cop shows that weíve already seen?
Jennifer Johnson: I would call this one visceral. I would call this one - basically when I was approached by Bruckheimer TV to do this the way I
latched on to the idea was, Number 1, that I had a family member had had a crime inflicted upon them and it was a home invasion. It was awful.
And so for me it was so visceral, and this desire to go catch these bad guys. But then to differentiate it I wanted it to be a chase show. I wanted
it to be about actually catching people on the run and not so much about the DNA and the footprints and the fingerprints but much more about
kind of the DNA of the fugitiveís personality; of the fugitiveís desires, of the fugitives needs.
So for me itís completely different because itís about anticipating where a persons going to go. Itís not at all about solving a crime. The crime
show that I worked on, Cold Case, the crime is set up from the beginning but we have no idea who did it and we spend the entire episode trying
to figure that out.
This one we know literally in the - usually in the first or second scene who did it and now itís just about pursuing a person. Itís about figuring out
what they like to eat, who they love, who their ex girlfriends are, who their parents are, what their relationships are.
You know, really looking at yourself in the mirror and saying where would I go and how would I outwit the person whoís pursuing me?
So it feels so much more visceral and thereís so much more energy. Itís less talky and itís more about the chase and the pursuit.
What attracted me and the way I shape the idea was to keep it very visceral and to keep it very much about the action and about the psychology
fueling the action as opposed to interview scenes. You know we do very few of those on the show. We do some, but we do very few of them.
Q. Cole and Kelli I wanted to ask you two, the last time we saw you two on TV, you were both leads on your own short-lived Fox shows with
K-Ville and with Past Life.
Did you two take away anything from those experiences that helped you approach this one at all?
Cole Hauser: Kelli, do you want to start?
Q. Yeah, I was wondering if...
Kelli Giddish: Well, I mean, you know for me like, being able to be a lead of a show, Brittany and knowing that Iíve got an 90 hour a week
ahead of me; I mean, just in a practicality kind of way in how Iím going to manage my time and energy into - to ratchet it up so many notches to
be able to play Annie Frost, I mean, itís a true joy and an opportunity.
But it was great, you know, being a leading lady, having conversations with the show creator, having conversations with the producer and
knowing how to use your energy in the most effective of ways.
Cole Hauser: I mean for me K-Ville was K-Ville and Chase is Chase and you know I had an amazing experience on K-Ville and being down in
New Orleans in a time where I think it was really special to be there just because of what was going on in New Orleans.
And that show is based of on it. This character that I am playing on Chase and where we is a completely different piece. This is a character that
Iíve always wanted to play.
Iíve always wanted to be opposite an actress, which I havenít got the great opportunity to do throughout my career, usually they are male driven
So you know when the opportunity arrives and Jen and everyone else, Bruckheimer and David Nutter came to me I couldnít say no. And I think
you know, not only am I happy with my decision but Iím excited to see where this goes in the future of this show.
Brittany Frederick: Awesome guys. Thank you so much and good luck with the season.
Q. You have some pretty big timeslot competition this season. Hawaii Five-0 has done really well in early viewings; Castle is gaining viewers.
And on cable youíve got Weeds and The Big C.
Are you nervous about that? Or do you think you will be able to stand up those shows?
Jennifer Johnson: I donít feel nervous about it at all. You know, weíve talked about this, you know, amongst ourselves and Iím dedicated to
always writing the best shows I can and Iím not going to write this show to compete with them.
In my opinion we are a bit of counter-programming. You know, our tone is different and no - weíll just always make the best show that we can.
And NBC has expressed - we know what our competition is for sure and you know, weíre going to be patient and wait for viewers to find us.
Q. I really loved the pilot and what I liked the most was the character of Annie and how strong she was and also how realistic she was as a
I just wanted to know was the idea of the leader of the group always supposed to be a woman? Or did that change over time?
Jennifer Johnson: I always imagined Annie Frost. It was always a woman. It was always a woman from the beginning.
I think thatís part of the reason that Bruckheimer television asked me to write it. And that from the first moment, you know, they ask you, who
are your characters, and Annie Frost was always the lead in my mind. And, you know, for me Iím a female writer so obviously, you know, Iím
influenced by that.
But Iím also influenced by the kind of dearth of just like - well, I canít comment on other TV. I donít want to comment on other TV. But what I
can tell you is that Annie Frost and Kelli Giddish; I had an out of body experience when she came in and did her screen test, because she so
completely embraced the character and filled her out in way I could have never imagined.
But I just - I always write Annie Frost from my heart and she, to me, is a very special character. She is tough, sheís very unpredictable, she
jumps and then she thinks about it second. Sheís a person who doesnít over analyze.
You know, we see a lot of kind of the dark New York or troubled characters while Annie keeps her past a little more suppressed. She is much
more of a person who runs as fast as she can.
So I just always write her from my heart. And, Kelli, like I said, just fills her out in such a way, in ways, that I could never have ever imagined.
She is Annie Frost so itís hard for even me to talk about her as my character anymore because sheís Kelliís character.
But you know, Kelli and I are very much in sync with the character and very much in sync with each other and so I see kind of the three of us
sitting in a room together.
Q. Whatís something that most of you did not know about the US Marshall service that you guys learned through doing Chase?
Jennifer Johnson: Kelli do you want to talk about your week that you spent down there with those guys?
Kelli Giddish: Yeah, I went down for a week with the Houston Marshalls. I didnít know that they hated paperwork as much as I hated it. They
loathe it man. They want to be in their cars catching the bad guys. They donít want to be filling out paperwork about the bad guys, you know,
and the ones theyíve caught.
I didnít know that they did (till tabs). You know, where they go in. I didnít know that that was a whole division of the Marshalls. I didnít know
that they were in charge of protecting our judges to be honest with you.
So, that week in Houston completely filled out a lot of details about the attitudes that they take towards the job. I couldnít believe, honestly, how
determined and the will that they have day after day after night after day after day after night, you know, to catch the bad guys and they do.
And I think that that is something that Jennifer has really done successfully with these scripts, with my character. Theyíre just (doggin) in their
determination to keep our community safe and I didnít realize the level at which they, you know, they take the commitment to the job.
Jennifer Johnson: Very well said.
Q. Jennifer why US Marshalls? Why not the DEA or FBI or you know?
Jennifer Johnson: Two reasons. I mean, the first is as I started doing research about fugitives, something unexpected to me was that itís the US
Marshalls who are really in charge of finding them.
They have become in the past, particularly in the past ten years, they have become the experts in finding fugitives. So in other words, if the
Houston Police Department has a fugitive, and thatís anybody whoí committed a crime whoís disappeared for more than an hour is a fugitive.
They always now turn to the US Marshalls because, like I said, theyíve become the experts. Theyíve set up regional offices around the country.
Texas is practically a country in and of itself so they have the Gulf Coast Office Task Force which is what our show is based upon.
They are one of the busiest task forces in America. But they are the experts on catching fugitives and so thatís why I gravitated to the US
And then the second aspect was I wanted to set it Texas and these guys, like Kelli said, really are cowboys. They are on the ground.
I love, Kelli, what you pointed out about them not wanting to do paperwork because they truly abhor it.
And the truth of the matter is they donít have to do much. Itís not a bureaucracy like a lot of other federal agencies are.
This is about the guys on the ground making decisions in a pinch which you will see Kelli and Coleís characters do. They donít have to check
with their bosses.
They, in a sense, each US Marshall is their own boss when they are out in the field.
So its very much about the cowboy mentality, the go-get Ďem mentality, the forming a posse mentality to go get the bad guy. Forming a posse is
actually something US Marshalls can do. They can deputize citizens to form a posse and thatís, you know, - forming a posse that phrase comes
from US Marshalls in the old west doing just that.
Q. Cole, I was wondering, whatís been the most challenging aspect of playing your character?
Cole Hauser: The most challenging aspect? I think the heat down here in Texas has been pretty challenging.
I mean, we got down there two and a half months ago and it was between 107 and 114 degrees. And now Kelli and I hit the streets running.
You know, the first episode, 102 actually, was us chasing a fugitive for about a day and a half. So, you know, we lost some weight along the
way. I think Kelli lost seven pounds Iíve lost about ten.
But, you know, other than that its really fun this show. And I want to make sure that thatís - itís one of those shows that you wake up everyday
and you go to work and we get to do extraordinary things.
We have an amazing stunt coordinator and the stuff, and the stories that are written are really smart and educated and I think that, you know, itís
been a pleasure.
I mean, there is nothing more that I would rather be doing right now with my time. So, that being said, I love the challenge and the challenge is
always welcome here.
Q. Just remember that itís always about hydration.
Cole Hauser: I drank 18 bottles of water one day and I didnít not piss once.
Kelli Giddish: And you donít pee man.
Q. Jennifer, maybe you can tell us, why is social networking such an important part of promotion these days for your show?
Jennifer Johnson: To reach more people, to hit a younger crowd.
Basically, weíre getting so much, such heavy promotion, on NBC, but itís a great opportunity to let people know when weíve got a guest star
coming in and Iím always amazed when I put out a (hit) of Jennifer Morris or Robert Nepper coming and joining us.
How many new hits or how many new followers I get on Twitter because of all of these people have incredible fan bases too. So itís just an
incredible tool to get the word out to the great guest cast that we are attracting to the show and then the subtle things that are happening like
having any spoofs made.
Weíre just trying to put some trivia out there, let people feel part of the making of the show.
Q. Yeah, theyíre closer out there. I wanted to ask you along those lines and probably any of the three of you could address this.
How much of a personal relationship of your characters are we going to see on Chase? How important is their families and their romantic
Kelli Giddish: Well in terms of romantic relationships, I think Jennifer has given a really great opportunity in the first script to get to know Annie
and Jimmy and the rest of the cast and how much of a team they are.
I think one of the strongest relationships in the show is between Cole and I because they have been working together for five years and to see a
professional relationship like I think the one that has been written between us is absolutely great to play.
And to not need that romantic layer added on top of it. Saying that weíve also got Eddie Cibrian coming onto the show. So, kinda later on the
season, youíll get to meet Annie and youíll kinda get to see her vulnerable side in terms of how she reacts to a man that kinda gets into her skin a
And I think itís been a great incorporation of that aspect of bringing that aspect of a character out.
Q. Jennifer that was a conscious effort on your part?
Jennifer Johnson: To incorporate them? Yeah, very much so. And you know what I can tell you Joe is that because thereís, as Cole pointed
out earlier, itís a day and a half or a two-day pursuit, because theyíre on the tail of these fugitives. So once the story starts cooking, thereís not
enough room for our characters to go to other places.
So, in other words, it would be very difficult to have Annie stop and go out to dinner or Cole to go home and visit with his girlfriend. So a lot of
the character work is developed between the team members. And, I, and the writing staff, we think of them as a family, a family unit in and of
themselves. And it shifts the same way...
Jennifer Johnson: Yeah, it shifts the same way families do. So sometimes Annie and Jimmy are the mom and dad, other times they are the big
brother and sister and then kind of Party of Five model, if you remember that television show, kind of all the siblings together.
So it shifts but very much a family dynamic between them. You know Jimmy is the older brother to (Luke)ís younger brother. Jimmy and Annie
are the head of the households. Theyíre also - you know, thereís chemistry between them but they have to keep it professional. We try to hit a
lot of those layers in as many episodes as we can.
And then, as Kelli pointed out, we do have a love interest coming in for Kelli and weíre also going to meet Jimmyís girlfriend (Natalie) in
But very much, the main focus is the task force as a family in and of itself and then how those outside relationships complicate what they are
doing on the job.
Q. Cole, do you have a thought about that?
Cole Hauser: Yeah, I just think that the relationship between Jimmy and Annie, you know, thereís a professional love for each other which I
actually think is really cool.
I think that at times, Jimmy feels obligated to really watch her back, to help her in many ways that - she is so driven at times that pulling the reins
back on her is something that she feels he needs to do. And I think that its something that you do for your partner, you know, if you care for
them; and these two people do.
Theyíve been together, like we said, for a long time and they know of each otherís tendencies. But also there are days where Annieís going
through what sheís going through and Jimmy notices why and he acts accordingly to it.
So I think its very interesting to see - everybodyís asking the question, is there going to be romance? And, you know what? Maybe they will,
maybe but at the same time, is that now?
It is two people that love their jobs and respect and love each other in a professional way.