While she hasn't been a Justified series regular since Season 3, Natalie Zea is still a big part of this hit FX series, set in Harlan County, Kentucky. The actress plays Winona Hawkins, who was pregnant with Raylan Givens' (Timothy Olyphant) child at the end of Season 4. I recently had the chance to speak with the actress for her new indie film Sweet Talk (in theaters December 13), where she spoke about the baby, who will be revealed in Season 5. She teased in a recent tweet that the baby would be named "Winona's Fault," and when asked if that is actually the child's name, she had this to say.
"No, but it's close (Laughs). It makes sense. It's funny, and we don't even say it, yet. Nobody says the name on screen yet, but for me, I was like, 'Of course, that's the name.' That's perfect."
When asked how many Season 5 episodes she'll be appearing in, the actress had this to say.
"I never have a set number. The way we worked it out is, I got off contract after year three. It was originally supposed to be year two, and they asked for me to stay on so I could wrap it up, and I was more than happy to oblige. After that, they said, 'You know, we understand you need to go and do other things. Would it be possible for you to come back for a handful of episodes every year?' The way it works on TV is, if you're contracted on a different show, you're allotted three episodes of another show. That's actually up to the discretion of whatever network, and so far, every network has been happy to oblige. I can only do as many as three. I've done one, and if they want me to do a couple more, I'm happy to."
She also talked about her Amazon Studios pilot The Rebels, where she plays a widower who inherits her late husband's professional football team. Here's what she had to say, when asked if she went through a football crash course for the role.
"Oh, no, I didn't need to. Yeah, she's very new. It's such a refreshing character for me, and I was telling (Justified star) Tim Olyphant this the other day, that I don't play anyone's girlfriend, I don't play anyone's wife, I don't play anyone's ex-wife. This is very new territory for me, where it's this fully-realized character that has nothing to do with her sex or dating life. It's about just who she is. She's naive about this, but at the same time it was her husband's life, her husband's world. She knows enough, and she's a really smart woman, she's just not smart about football. I can certainly identify on those terms. I know a little bit. I know enough to host a Super Bowl party, but aside from that, I'm not going to own a team. I'd be a mess. There was very little acting that had to go into that (Laughs)."