BONES’ Katheryn Winnick: Hannah Truly Does Love Booth
September 29, 2010 by Marisa Roffman
BONES fans, tomorrow night is the night.
Some of you have been anticipating it, some of you have been dreading it, but ready or not, Hannah Burley is making her official debut in Thursday’s episode.
I just got off a conference call with Katheryn Winnick (Hannah) and she spilled some of what we can expect from her character…
Hannah might not know exactly what happened between Booth and Brennan in episode 100: Fans know that Booth put it all out there last season in his attempt to further his romantic relationship with Brennan, but will his new girlfriend be aware of that, too? “That’s a very good question — I ask myself that several times,” Winnick told me. “I know that she definitely knows about Brennan and that they have some sort of history and they are very tight. I don’t know if she knows the details of their relationship and what happened last season. I think it would be more interesting to discover that [later on], but I don’t feel like she’s threatened by Brennan. I feel that my character is very strong and independent and motivated in her own personal journey of working in the press corps that I don’t think that she’s threatened by Brennan’s relationship with Booth. That’s what makes her fun to dive into. BONES really knows how to write strong women and that really attracted me to doing this arc.”
Winnick is aware of the haters out there…but she hopes you love her character anyway: “I heard that I may be causing a stir,” Winnick laughed. “But I’m excited about it. I’m excited about my character and I hope that they will welcome me.”
“She’s not there to be part of a love triangle or create a big cat-fight or high school drama: she’s there because she truly does love Booth,” she continued. “And she’s there to explore a different part of her life and start a life with him. I think that people, the audience, will hopefully respect her and her strong character and her strong will and her motivation and drive to work and find facts in her job. She’s not just there to be his girlfriend, she has her own purpose and her own path. And I hope that the audience will give Hannah a shot and fall in love with her because I’ve fallen in love with Hannah.”
Brennan and Hannah will be bonding: “I really feel that Hannah and Brennan are similar in a lot of ways — specifically that they are both driven by facts,” she said. “They’re both very motivated, intelligent, adventurous women and I think that I respect Brennan’s character and hopefully she does the same for me. There’s not any major tension right away, but I think it’s this understanding that we both have a similar past and a similar motivation of what we want out of life. That is one of the reasons we really bond together.”
However, that’s not to say it will all be smooth sailing between the two. “I feel like Brennan’s character can’t help but probably feel a little bit of tension with this new girl,” Winnick admitted. “I think she doesn’t even know if she is at all jealous, but she may be not even admitting it to herself. It will be interesting to see how the story and arc plays out, if she discovers something within herself. I feel like there’s something, being the new girl, being the girl that moves in with him and knowing that they have a strong bond — work-related or not — there’s always a part of me that definitely has one eye open [to make sure] that relationship is what it is and is nothing more.”
We’re going to be seeing more of Booth’s off-duty life, thanks to Hannah: “I really feel that Hannah’s character brings a certain side out of Booth that [we] haven’t seen yet,” she said. “It’s a fun, loving side and we get to know his character a little more and why Hannah and Booth have this strong bond. I feel like my character gets to really pull him outside of work and see him in a different light. So I’m exited for the BONES fans to see that.”
And Booth-Brennan shippers, you might want to prepare for an upcoming scene…: Winnick revealed a highlight to look out for:”There’s a scene that, after I’m in bed with Booth — I don’t know how to say it in a nice way, but after we get a chance to connect and have some fun — one of the first things that I mention is his connection with Brennan. And I ask him [about her], his connection with Brennan is really unique and they’re very close. So in other words, the Hannah character is very intuitive. She reads people very well. She reads Brennan…She’s very intuitive, I feel like that’s a very good example.”
Some additional scooplets:
- How long will Hannah stick around? Winnick would only say she’s around for “a handful of episodes.” However, if the powers that be wanted her to become a regular, she would be open to that discussion.
- Her first episode delves further into how Hannah and Booth met. In addition to arresting her, it seems Booth also saved her life. So far, there haven’t been any flashbacks to their time together in Afghanistan.
- Winnick says her scenes have fluctuated between being light and serious. Booth “pulls a fun, loving side out of Hannah” she says, but the last episode she shot (thus far) had some serious moments where “under certain circumstances, life kind of kicks in and real-life drama kicks in.” Hmm….
Are you willing to give Hannah a chance?
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