WILMINGTON, NC. I sit down with "Sleepy Hollow" star Nicole Beharie at the end of a long day on the FOX series' North Carolina set and a cumulative sympathy has set in.
I'd talked to Tom Mison about his heavy coat.
I'd chatted with Katia Winter as she scratched at welts acquired on a night shooting in the woods.
I'd spoken to EP Ken Olin in the air-conditioned production offices as he explained the difficulties facing the stars in the muggy Southern environment.
And I experienced the tiniest taste of the "Sleepy Hollow" experience as an extra in an airless bar that started off comfortable and became rather less-so as the takes began to add up.
Normally, network TV shows are in production from the late summer through the early spring, but part of the reward for its early Season 2 pickup meant that "Sleepy Hollow" got to resume production in the late spring and plow through the entirety of the North Carolina summer.
Perhaps that's why as late afternoon rolled around and Nicole Beharie sat down, my inquisitive instincts didn't go to the plight Abbie Mills found herself in at the end of Season 1. Yes, finding yourself in Purgatory after an act of self-sacrifice involving your time-traveling partner and his witchy wife is uncomfortable, but is it any worse than finding yourself in August in North Carolina in a leather jacket because you're pretending it's actually autumn in New York?
As with my interview with Tom Mison, a lot of my conversation with Beharie is predicated on the rather safe assumption that at some point -- they were on Episode 8 when I was there -- Abbie is extricated or extricates herself from where we left her in the finale. I don't know how. I don't know when. Beharie didn't say.
She does, however, discuss how Ichabod's lie involving the map to Purgatory creates some trust issues and hints at the fresh dynamics brought up by new characters Sheriff Leena Reyes (Sakina Jaffrey) and Nick Hawley (Matt Barr).
Beharie also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of both the heat and the early ramp-up to Season 2 production and how comfortable she is or isn't feeling in her second season as a TV regular.
Season 2 of "Sleepy Hollow" finally begins this Monday, September 22 at 9 p.m. on FOX.
Full interview below...