Ruling the airwaves on one of Showcase's most popular crime dramas is Amy Price-Francis, who plays Jessica King, head of the Major Crimes Task Force, a police squad that is parachuted in to take over cases in crisis, in the show "King." A veteran to TV roles, Francis has appeared in a dizzying array of television shows, from "The Chicago Code" and "Life Unexpected" to "The Cleaner" and "24."
She took time out during shooting for "King" to talk to Crave about her love for her most recent project, how she is a true Canadian (even though she wasn't born here), and how she is surprisingly shy.
CraveOnline: Tell us about Season 2 of "King" – there's a lot going on with your character.
Amy Price-Francis: We pick up right where we left off last season when we found out she was pregnant. It adds a bit of dynamic at work – a woman used to being in control of her work life is physically thrown for a loop because she is no longer in control of her own body. She's still a girl who wants to drink loads of coffee and has a lot of adapting to do, so we carry on with that. Danny and her are still struggling in their relationship, and we get some great cases this year, so there's a lot of action.
You've done a lot of television work – is there a particular project that stands out in your mind?
It's not a fib at all but this one – it's certainly the most challenging and demanding role but the other side is it's the most rewarding. There are great challenges every day – Jessica King is not an easy woman to play. She takes a lot of energy and metal dexterity, but the gratitude and exhilaration and adrenaline that comes from that is rewarding.
What is it about TV work that you enjoy so much?
Each project has its own challenges regardless of the character. The things I used to not particularly like, like technicalities and understanding the dynamics of shots, has become really interesting to me. TV work is such a collaboration, which is a big part of what I love about it. It takes a lot of people to make a TV show and a lot of dedication.
So you're technically not Canadian because you were born in the UK right?
No, I became a Canadian citizen but yes, I was born in England.
Do you enjoy Canada? Do you live here now?
I'm living here throughout the show and I go back and forth between LA and Toronto. Toronto is still home to me. I feel privileged to work in LA and had wonderful experiences there, but Toronto is my home.
Are you on social media?
I'm not – I'm sort of archaic when it comes to that. I was a late bloomer. I text but I can't bring myself to go to those "other places." I respect them but for me it gets a bit excessive and quite frankly there aren't enough hours in the day.
What would be one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I'm a very shy person. I love my job and if I showed up as a shy person I wouldn't be able to do it, which often means I fake it till I make it. But I have the privilege of doing this job so I always practice gratitude.