Abigail Spencer has made a name for herself on various hit shows like Suits, Mad Men, True Detective, and Rectify. Now, Spencer is journeying through history on her new show Timeless, which just wrapped its first season. Here, the actress talks to us about the show's shocking season finale, the period she loved time traveling to the most, and her thoughts on changing the course of history.
The finale was such a huge twist! What did you think about how season one ended? Abigail Spencer: I knew my mother wasn't real. I had a real moment where I thought Carol was a hologram. And maybe Lucy was going crazy and she didn't live with anyone. I don't know what to think. I think it's scary to live a whole life, and then one day your identity and everything you know is untrue. That is horrifying. And to feel that your own parents betrayed you. It's a layered ending for sure.
We are hopeful for a season two. Can you tell us anything about that and what you would like to see happen for the characters, particularly Lucy? AS: I always imagined Lucy to start out as a clumsy, very human, somewhat terrified of her own shadow historian who blossoms into this epic, fierce time traveler. I'd love to see her go undercover—take on different identities, accents, looks, languages. I'd love to see her spend more time in the past. Maybe fall in love with someone from the past. Really be immersed. I'd love to see what happens with Lucy and Wyatt, and the ongoing deepening of the friendships of Rufus, Lucy, and Wyatt... and of course sing and dance. In some capacity. Because why not.
In Timeless, we see you jump between different eras. Did you have a favorite period and why? AS: I truly loved 1927 Paris. I love that era. I love anything Paris. I loved the Bonnie and Clyde episode. The ‘30s and ‘40s are DEFINITELY my era. And the undergarments are a bit more comfortable than the 1800s. There's just something very artisan and glamorous about the ‘30s and ‘40s that I keep wanting more of... There's something reflective going on now I feel.
If you could go back in time and change anything in history, what would you change and why? AS: I think the most interesting thing about the show is that if you have this power, should you use it? The ramifications it can have negatively on a million other things are incredibly risky. But, I think [if I were to] go back in time, [it would be] to change something that happened a bit more recently.
Is there anything from the season one set that you have taken for yourself or would like to take? AS: I want ALL of Lucy's costumes. All of them. And my Jesse James episode pants. Our costume designer Mari-An Ceo is a genius.
What is it like working with Matt and Malcolm? What's the dynamic on set? AS: M squared are my brothers in arms. Much like the time team, we have been on this adventure together. We are lucky because we truly get along. We truly respect each other, make each other laugh, see each other, and challenge each other. We agree and disagree, and are respectful of what each other needs to do our best work. Very, very lucky indeed.
When you're in DC, do you have any favorite spots to hang out? AS: Honestly, this will be my first trip to DC. Don't judge. I'm so excited! I'll let you know in a week.
What's next for you? Are there any film or TV projects coming up that fans can see you in? AS: Yes! I have a movie called The Sweet Life that comes out at the end of March, directed by Rob Spera and starring Chris Messina and myself. Rectify is still rolling out and all the seasons are on Netflix. And I'm writing away on a few projects.