Interview: Gillian Anderson of NBC’s “Crisis”

You’ll be seeing a good amount of actress Gillian Anderson on NBC this spring. Not only is she returning to her recurring role on the acclaimed thriller Hannibal, which started Season 2 on Feb. 28 and airs Fridays, but she is also a regular in the new series Crisis. Crisis examines the extremes to which elite and influential Washington, D.C., parents go when their children are kidnapped during a class outing.

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Anderson plays one of those elite parents, Meg Fitch. During a recent interview, Anderson told me that Fitch “is a very, very powerful woman — usually the most powerful person in a room, used to having that type of power.”

Naturally, when the children — including her own — are kidnapped, Fitch feels a loss of that control, and Anderson thinks that as the series goes along, “what that does to her psychologically and emotionally,” as well as what it does to the other parents, will be intriguing to follow.

“This explosive event sets off explosive responses,” Anderson says. “[The series] has a large cast, and there’s a lot of different character storylines, and so you get to see the relationships play out between parents and children, between siblings, relationships that develop, relationships that fall apart amongst the kids themselves and amongst the people who are left at home and amongst the people who are masterminding the whole thing. … We get to visit various parents along the way who may have their own secrets. … Ultimately, it becomes about what parents will do in order to save their children.”

If Crisis sounds like its premise may be too thin to stretch out over a few seasons, you may not have to worry about that, according to what Anderson told us about what may happen should the series be renewed.

“What we’ve been told is that, probably, the storyline of the kidnapping will come to a conclusion by the end of this season, and I think that perhaps, from what I was gathering, all the related characters will kind of get back to life as normal, and have the sense that things have stabilized — until they’re not. Until something else comes and blows everything else apart. I don’t know what that is yet, but it sounds compelling.”

Crisis airs Sundays at 10pm ET on NBC beginning March 16.

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Gillian Anderson in “Crisis”: Vivian Zink/NBC