Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Bomb Girls with Meg Tilly premieres in Canada tonight

Meg Tilly's new show Bomb Girls premieres at 8 pm on Global in Canada tonight.

A few new interviews with her showed up in recent days. First, she was on George Stroumboulopoulos this week. The clip can't be embedded, but you can see the interview on

MSN Entertainment has an article about the show and Meg's return to acting (yes, Caprica gets a mention, too). Snippet about Bomb Girls:
Lorna is Tilly's character Lorna Corbett, the middle-aged shift matron at Victory Munitions. Married to a crippled WWI vet and with two sons fighting in Europe, Lorna watches over the women of Blue Shift, but her blind patriotism and harsh ways make her an object not only of respect but of fear amongst her young female charges, including the wealthy but naïve Gladys Witham (Jodi Balfour). I ask Tilly how important it was for her that Lorna does not come off as villainous.

"Everybody has light and dark, right?" she asks rhetorically. "We all behave well and we all behave badly, and I think that's one of the things I love about the show is that that's all there and present. Sometimes I'll read a script and be like 'Really? She does what? Oh no.' And then I'm like 'Oh, Lorna. This is not going to turn out well.'

"Sometimes I wake up at night, like this wave of sadness for Lorna, of her situation and her isolation and her loneliness and her trying so hard to be good and do right, and the humanness of her breaks my heart. I love Lorna, but my heart breaks for her too, and I don't know how things are going to go for her, and I worry about her. It's like she's my friend."
And there in another one at The Vancouver Sun:
"I wasn't planning on it," Tilly says of her latest turn on the screen - her first in 17 years. But after finishing a stage run of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Vancouver Island this year, Tilly fell for Lorna's character after reading for the part - largely at her agent's behest.

"I'd never even heard of (bomb girls before). . . . It's such a huge part of Canadian history," Tilly said in a recent interview at a Toronto hotel. The drama focuses on the lives of five fictional Canadian women working at a munitions factory during the Second World War. Filling in for the ranks of men who were shipped away to battle, these women provided much-needed ammunition for the Allied troops fighting in Europe. Joining Tilly in the ensemble cast are Jodi Balfour as a freespirited socialite turned bomb girl, Charlotte Hegele as a preacher's daughter, as well as Ali Liebert and Anastasia Phillips.

The real women who worked in Canadian factories were brought together from across the country.

"It was a really amazing time for women - everything just kind of shifted," Tilly says. "And these doors just blew open wide, because it was a necessity . . . for our boys, for overseas and for the world.
Here are a couple of new previews, from Spoiler TV:

More updates later this week.

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