If this past week taught us anything, it’s that there’s a lot of exciting television coming up this fall.
One of the most anticipated new shows, Blindspot, stars none other than Thor‘s Lady Sif herself, Jaimie Alexander. She plays “Jane Doe” — a woman who wakes up naked and completely covered in tattoos in Times Square, with no memory whatsoever of how she got there. Each tattoo ends up being a clue to a crime, and it’s up to her and the FBI agent (whose name is also tattooed on her back) to figure them out each week.
Turns out, getting yourself inked from head-to-toe each week is quite the process — who woulda thunk it?
“So for the full-body tattoos, which we did about four times in the pilot, it takes seven and a half hours of makeup. And then they gotta do my face!” Alexander told The Loop Thursday in Toronto during CTV’s upfront presentation. “And then it takes three hours to get them off. But they’ll stay pretty decent if I’m really careful for three days. It’s just that eventually they get a little sticky and they pick up lint in the air. So I’m like a walking lint roller, essentially.”
The actress brushes it all off as part of the job, but aside from the time spent in makeup, she also has to be standing up the entire time, naked, in front of three or four makeup artists while the Beatles blare in the background (the one time they didn’t have the band’s music playing, the makeup wouldn’t stick at all, so now it’s superstition).
“I have to stand every day in front of male makeup artists with a sticker over my bottom half, my lady bits — just in the front mind you, nothing’s covering the back — topless, while they paint these tattoos on me,” Alexander revealed. “It’s very nerve-wracking. And then I thought, it’s actually kind of liberating. I’m going to go out there, I’m going to do this. My body is not perfect. I do not have a six pack of abs. I have cellulite. I’m flat as a board — my chest is completely flat, and yet my body serves its purpose. It’s good, it keeps me healthy, I keep it healthy. As I say, you just have to appreciate yourself because without your body you’d be dead.”
Alexander does admit that she has no problem buffing up for her superhero role in the Thor movies, or looking super-fit for other television roles like Kyle XY, but here she just wants to look like a normal woman — not a superhero or an alien.
“I want to make sure she’s a fit, healthy-looking woman that young girls can see as a good image to look at. I’m not going to lose weight, I’m not going to get breast enhancements or whatever else just because I’m naked on camera,” she insisted. “It’s not gonna happen. I want to make sure I look just as my body is in everyday life, I’ll look like that on camera. It’s important these days to show what a natural body looks like. I’ve never done anything to myself. I’m 31 so… maybe later? Probably not though. I just don’t care enough.”
Blindspot debuts this fall on CTV.