Bandar CemeWhatΓÇÖs The West WingΓÇÖs C.J. doing on the May 11 episode of Lost? No oneΓÇÖs officially saying anything about Emmy winner Allison JanneyΓÇÖs mystery character (identified only as ΓÇÿWomanΓÇÖ), though online speculation has it that she may be playing the mother of Mark PellegrinoΓÇÖs Jacob or Titus WelliverΓÇÖs Man in Black ΓÇô two of the few recognizable faces in this trippy third-to-last installment titled, ΓÇ£Across the Sea.ΓÇ¥
ΓÇ£SheΓÇÖs incredible, but we canΓÇÖt give away who sheΓÇÖs playing,ΓÇ¥ says executive producer Damon Lindelof, confirming only that AllisonΓÇÖs role is a major one. ΓÇ£We will confirm that she will be a woman.ΓÇ¥ (Dang, there goes my big island tranny creation theory.)
Fellow executive producer Carlton Cuse adds, ΓÇ£We were so happy that she was able to do this. It was really hard for her because she was getting ready to shoot a pilot, but she squeezed us in. Then once we saw her in this part we were like, ΓÇÿHow could anyone else have done this but Allison Janney?ΓÇ¥
ΓÇ£In fact,ΓÇ¥ adds Lindelof, ΓÇ£weΓÇÖve been talking about this character for awhile and how nervous we were that we wouldnΓÇÖt find the right actress. When we first started talking about this character in the writers room we called her ΓÇÿAllison JanneyΓÇÖ under the assumption that we wouldnΓÇÖt be able to get her.ΓÇ¥
But the two EPs got on the phone with Allison and had ΓÇ£a lovely conversation,ΓÇ¥ tells Lindelof. ΓÇ£SheΓÇÖd seen enough of the show to ΓÇÿgetΓÇÖ it, but wasnΓÇÖt completely dialed in. So we explained the part and said it was as close to writing a role for a particular person as weΓÇÖd ever done. And she moved heaven and earth to go down to Hawaii for eight days.ΓÇ¥
Cuse says the mystery role required ΓÇ£incredible presence,ΓÇ¥ which Allison demonstrated on her long-running NBC drama. ΓÇ£She had so much presence in The West Wing,ΓÇ¥ he recalls. ΓÇ£She was in charge and had the strength we needed.ΓÇ¥
HmmmΓÇª So, since my tranny creation theoryΓÇÖs out the window, might it be possible that JanneyΓÇÖs character was sent to the island on official business byΓÇª Martin SheenΓÇÖs President Bartlet? Not even in a flash-sideways!