'Alphas' Laura Mennell: Walking the trail Sigourney Weaver blazed

Zap2it: Sci-fi used to be something of a boys club. Are those days over?Laura Mennell: Pretty much, yes. Being younger and seeing shows like "Alien" and seeing Sigourney [Weaver], a woman, just get in there and be so strong and get involved in the action was so great for me. The nice thing about it all with the sci-fi genre is that you're seeing more and more of women getting to play interesting, meaty characters.Zap2it: How did you prepare to play "Alphas" Nina?Laura Mennell: Since her ability is more of a hyper-hypnosis, if you will, I did things like trying to research hypnosis through YouTube or videos of Derren Brown on the subway, just a lot of odd little things here and there. It's actually amazing what I found there, which is fortunate if you are working in TV, because everything is coming at you so quickly. The Internet in itself is just an easy...



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