Rachelle’s new TV show Off The Map premiered last night on ABC, and Collider has a great interview with the actress, including why you may not have seen too much of her in last night’s episode.
How come your character was barely in the pilot? Was that because you were off working?
RACHELLE LEFEVRE: Yeah. I was actually added to the show after they shot the pilot, so they added a couple of scenes for me, just to make sure that I was in it and had a little bit of an introduction. I keep joking with my friends and saying, “I promise you, I’m in it.” We shot those two scenes on the same day and they just cut them into the pilot, so that it would be a little teaser and you would know that there was something with her and Ben (Martin Henderson). But, they had already shot the pilot, so they couldn’t add anything. My character really comes on board in the second episode and starts to have her own storyline.
What’s her story?
LEFEVRE: It’s interesting. It takes awhile to learn about her. I think Ben and Ryan’s story unfolds slowly, and Ryan’s personal backstory unfolds as one of the slowest to get to the bottom of. What you do learn is that she’s clearly impulsive and she’s a free-spirit, and there’s got to be something fueling that. There’s got to be a reason why the girl is swimming naked in waterfalls and hacking through the juggle. She had missionary parents, so she has traveled the world and became a doctor in those kinds of environments. She didn’t take time off to go to NYU and then practice at a fancy New York hospital. She didn’t have that kind of upbringing. She was literally practicing medicine in the jungle, from the day she decided to be a doctor. So, she’s a product of that environment, but isn’t native and is still sort of an outsider, no matter how much time she spends there and no matter where she goes. She is the perpetual stranger, if you will. She’s on the, “I’m running, but I don’t know what from,” concert tour.
… Did you know how Twilight would change your life?
LEFEVRE: I had no idea that it was going to change my life, in that way. But, I didn’t know I was going to end up doing a show where I was going to have to move to Honolulu either. This is the kind of job where you just always have a suitcase packed in the back of your closet, and you’re just ready to go wherever the call is. After Twilight, I had a bunch of stuff that the cast had signed and I did an eBay auction and raised $14,000 for an organization in Los Angeles, called School on Wheels, which tutors homeless children. That was one of the benefits of being involved with Twilight.
You can read the entire Q&A at Collider.