Poppy Montgomery on 'Unforgettable's' Big Makeover — and the Challenge of Being a Redhead
Poppy Montgomery is enjoying her "Unforgettable" makeover.
No, we're not talking about a new hair color — she's still a fiery redhead for the role — but the CBS show, which returned to the air July 28. It has been revamped in several ways, and it shows.
"It's summer. It's upbeat. It's much closer to my personality," Montgomery, who plays Carrie Wells, the NYPD detective with a photographic memory, tells Yahoo! TV of the new direction of the show after it was briefly canceled, then resurrected for a second season. "I'm more upbeat than my character, so now she's a little more like I am, which means I don’t have to act as hard. I actually get to smile and show my teeth."
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In addition to getting to act sunnier, Carrie is less preoccupied with her past — specifically her sister's death, the only murder she can't seem to solve. And her career has gone in a new direction: Carrie and Dylan Walsh's character, Detective Al Burns, have moved their flirty partnership from their Queens precinct to Manhattan's Major Crimes division, where the crimes are more high-profile and the crime-fighting tools more high-tech.
"We have some good episodes coming up," the 38-year-old native Australian promises. "We had a bank robbery. There's one like 'National Treasure.' We've got a 'Die Hard' episode. Really cool stuff. I'm excited." In this Sunday's episode, the scientist who helped Carrie understand her unusual memory abilities is murdered, and she's on the hunt for the killer.
Watch two sneak peeks from Sunday's episode:
While many changes are afoot on the series — including the addition of cast members Dallas Roberts, Tawny Cypress, and James Hiroyuki Liao to complement returning TV vet Jane Curtin — the romantic spark continues to flicker between Carrie and Al. It's just become a little more subtle.