Out walking in the Moonlight with Sophia Myles

British actress Sophia (pronounced sof-EYE-a) Myles is adjusting to change and loving it. Like several of her fellow countrymen and countrywomen also in the acting business, the fair-haired, blue-eyed beauty landed a starring role in a new American show and left her island country for the movie- and television-making machine that is Los Angeles.

While many people would have time to mull over this sort of important, life-changing decision, Myles barely had a day to accept her role as reporter Beth Turner on one of CBS's new fan favorites, Moonlight.

"[The Moonlight producers] offered me the job, and I had 24 hours to make my decision," Myles said during a conference call with a handful of reporters. As she tells it, she was on a plane the next day and began shooting the program's pilot only three days later--not exactly a lot of time to prepare for her character.

But apparently that's the way they like it on the set of Moonlight. "The thing about Moonlight, it has really been an organic process. It evolves day in and day out. There's no 'big picture'...week to week no one knows what's going to happen. But we keep getting better." Then, clearly still overjoyed by the honor, she trumpeted the fact that Moonlight recently won the People's Choice Award for best new drama.

Her favorite aspect of the show, which follows a private detective who also happens to be a vampire, is the storytelling, particularly the love story between one person who is mortal (her character) and one who is immortal (the vampire Mick St. John).

Talk quickly shifts to the next episode, which airs this Friday and is Moonlight's last original episode in the can due to complications from the writers' strike. "Talk about leaving you hanging," says Myles, indicating that episode 12 is quite a doozy. "[It's frustrating], this being the last one we show. The story is not over and we have lots more to tell."

She then coyly addresses the issue of what happened to Coraline, played by Shannyn Sossamon (one of Myles' best friends in LA, she admits), who was last seen--err, actually, not seen--in her hospital bed and may or may not be a vampire now. After biting her tongue a bit, she can only refer to the love triangle between Beth, Mick, and Coraline, hinting that she thinks Coraline will be back (and convincing everyone on the call that even she doesn't know). "It's a bit complicated. You'll see. I love Shannon dearly. Selfishly, I don't want Shannon going, I want her at work!"

Though she has plenty of experience playing roles in vampire movies and shows (in addition to Moonlight, she played the sharp-toothed seductress Erika in the Underworld movies), Myles wasn't attracted to the roles because of the subject matter. She's not a closet Goth girl, but has found that she appreciates the occult through her work.

"I've learned about the [vampire] mythology [through working on Underworld and Moonlight]," she explains. "I play Beth as though she didn't know much about vampires. So I play her as a vehicle for people who don’t know much about vampires. I ask all the normal questions to the writers and crew, like, 'Can they have sex?'"

The topic moves toward her personal life, and she confesses that she first started acting because she had a crush on her drama teacher when she was 16. But she found she loved it, and notes Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, and John Malkovich as some of her inspirations.

And her favorite thing about Los Angeles? Besides repeatedly praising the sunshine, this television star loves her some good Mexican food, something she doesn't get in London.

Aside from the occasional bout of homesickness (she can't get London's Pizza Express in the States), she's loving life in Los Angeles and feels absolutely lucky to be on Moonlight.

"I have no expectations [as to where the show will go]," says Myles. "I feel like I'm on this roller coaster that I didn't look at before I got on the ride. I'm on this thing and it's moving and I got a lot of adrenaline. Who knows...it can go any which way."

And that's just how Moonlight fans like it.

The final episode of Moonlight's strike-shortened season airs this Friday at 9 p.m. on CBS. For more information on the bloodsucking drama, check out TV.com's previous coverage.

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This chick was the worst part of the show. I loved the show but hated her. Why am I not surprised that she's not acting in anything else these days?
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I love Moonlight, can believe its over. How stupid is CBS. I know tons of people who love it. And if it's over, why not tie up the loose ends, instead of leaving us hanging for more? I've never wrote about a show before, I must really want more Moonlight! My fingers are crossed.
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I honestly don't see how fans of "Angel" can automatically hate "Moonlight" just because it's not "Angel." As a fan of both shows, I can honestly say I like them both equally, for different reasons. I can't wait for the return of "Moonlight"!!
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Does Moonlight remind anyone else of Forever Knight that was on back in the early 90's? Started out on CBS, ended up on USA and then reruns on SCI-FI. Both are fantastic shows.
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Sophia really lights up this show in this dark venture.
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Sophia is lovely in this show. She's doing a fine job and I hope she enjoys living in Southern California. Must be quite a change from London.
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Every new episode is even better than the one before. Great writing, great acting, and it looks so beautiful in HD. I can't wait to see what happens next (after the writers' strike is over, of course!)
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I really love this show. It takes elements of vampires and vampire lore spinning it into a whole different direction. We as viewers get to see, feel, think, through the eyes of a conflicted vampire, a woman thrust into this new reality and the other vampires silently living amoung us. To try to describe this show in the few words I have written above truly doesn't give the depths of these characters justice. I do generally enjoy shows of this nature and have watched most of those that have come before it. Please believe me when I say that each and all deserve their respective achievements but I really see Moonlight's potential to take the next step. Actually it is happening now with each and every new installment. Yes, I have been bitten! I'm just so glad that I never listened to the naysayers and nitpickers who harshly judged Moonlight before it had a chance to find its feet.. OH what I would have missed!!
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I love the show Moonlight and can't wait to see where the characters are headed once the writer's strike is over.
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You know, I like "Moonlight," but unlike everyone else here, I don't think it's all that and a bag of chips. "Angel" was a much better vampire show, and "Life" is by far a superior new drama.

Like Sophia Myles said, the "organic" folks over at "Moonlight" don't know what they're doing. The individual pieces are well-crafted, and the actors are impressive, but someone needs to put it all together into a "big picture" before the show can deserve that award it won.
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Moonlight is my favorite show on TV. I cannot get enough of it. If you won't watch it based on the fact it's about vampires (like Angel, Forever Knight, etc.), then you are being a little childish, if you ask me. That's silly. Just WATCH the show's 12 episodes and you'll see it's different from those shows. It has a different feel and everything. Alex is FANTASTIC as Mick St. John. He was born to play this role.
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The show certainly is based on Angel's premise, but, like Journeyman with Q-Leap, has done a good job of going in a different direction with that. The stories are good, the characters are good, the writing is good. I recommend it (I do wish Mick would stop meeting people who can kick his ass. I understand an older vamp being a better fighter than him, but it seems like every vamp out there beats the crap out of him before he finally wins out -- LOL -- Seems to me that he ought to be able to at least kick butt on a newly turned vamp)
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I must admit to finding the comment about it ripping off the premise from Angel kind of hilarious, since Angel took the premise off Forever Knight. And Moonlight is light years beyond either - Mick has a personality BEYOND the brooding, which is refreshing, and the cinematography + soundtrack are amazing!
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This is an AMAZING show that has gone light years past anything that Angel, Blood Ties, or Forever Knight attempted. The cinematography is a must see! I can't wait for the next new script.
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Agreed, definitely the best new show, too bad though the writers wanna keep me from enjoying it some more, curse them!
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they may have 'ripped off angel's basic premise' but the ydid a good job of it and is going in a way better direction than Angel could ever even imagine.
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Sorry, I refuse to watch this show simply because they ripped off Angel's basic premise.
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Whie it started out as a show that was simply about a PI who happened to be a vampire, both the explorations of Mick's feelings for Beth and the diving into vampire culture have made it so much more.
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I love Beth
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Moonlight has grown so much since the pilot, I find myself anxiously waiting for the next episode. The writing is getting better and acting is top-notch, a very pleasant surprise considering people wanted to hate this show from the start.
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I'm not too big a fan of this show... :-D... However, she was good on Doctor Who and funny on Extas!
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i absolutely adoreBeth..i hope they keep this show around..
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Moonlight is the best new show on Tv.
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this is a great show! that picture of Mick above is really funny, too :)
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love this show
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Very sexy show! This is my favorite show since Charmed. I really hope that it returns soon and sticks around for a long time.
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I love this show! I can't wait till it comes back.
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That's interesting - the two leading characters aren't American. Mick is played by Australia's 'Alex O'Loughlin'. Sophia is a great actress, I really hope the show gets to continue telling its story after the strike ends.
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