Rose Byrne talks 'Damages,' says she was 'terrified' of Glenn Close (Video)
As Rose Byrne prepares for the end of "Damages," whose fifth and final season begins airing on DirecTV on Wednesday, she recalls her preliminary feeling about main star Glenn Close - fear.
Close appeared to expect this. She told OnTheRedCarpet.com and other outlets in a satellite interview: "I think Rosie was scared to death of me!"
"I was terrified," Byrne added. "Like, what am I doing here? I couldn't talk. But it came good - we've come a long way. We are pretty much parallel to the character in the first season anyway. I was obviously, incredibly intimidated. But you end up spending a lot of time with the cast, you really do. It becomes like your other family."
Bryne's initial feeling about Close is not particularly surprising. One of the latter actress' most notable roles was in the popular 1987 thriller "Fatal Attaction." She plays a psychotic woman who has a fling with a married man and terrorizes his family, going so far as to kill and boil his daughter's pet rabbit, after he rejects her.
"Damages" first aired in 2007 and chronicles the life of bright and sharp law school graduate Ellen Parsons, played by Byrne, who becomes the protege of Close's character, successful and hard-hitting high stakes litigator Patricia Hewes.
The show deals with scandals reminiscent to ones that occurred in real life. The fifth season focuses on a case that mirrors the highly-publicized WikiLeaks scandal. Ryan Phillippe plays the founder of a WikiLeaks-type of website, while Jenna Elfman plays an investment bank employee who sues him after he publishes private information about her.
While the show contains heavy content, the actresses, who are both Oscar nominees, gushed that they try to keep it lighthearted while on set.
"Lots of laughs, we have a good time," Byrne said. "We like to lighten the mood, you know, it's heavy content - so we lighten the mood in between takes for everyone involved."
"Rose is funny - there was a reason she was in 'Bridesmaids!'" Close added. "We don't crack many jokes in "Damages."
The premiere of the final season of "Damages" airs on satellite provider DirecTV's Audience Network at 9 p.m. ET.
"It goes out on a really high, fabulous note, " Byrne said.
Watch interviews with the cast from DirecTV's YouTube channel below. For a season five teaser trailer, visit the official website for "Damages."