Emily Deschanel returned to the country she loves last week when she made a whirlwind trip to New Zealand. She stars in the hit show Bones which screens on Mondays at 8:30pm on TV3.
Originally over for good friend Melanie Lynskey’s wedding (Heavenly Creatures), Emily spent four days in picturesque Queenstown before spending two days up in Auckland, greeting media and visiting old friends.
Deschanel met Lynskey and her new husband Jimmy Smith when all three of them worked on the mini-series Rose Red, based on the novel by Steven King. She actually met both members of the happy couple before they knew each other, and was honoured to be a bridesmaid at the wedding.
However, Deschanel’s Kiwi connection stems back far further than her close friendship with Lynskey. Deschanel spent four months living in Auckland when she was shooting the film Boogeyman, which was shot in the West Auckland suburb of Henderson.
Deschanel has come a long way since filming the low-budget thriller, with her show Bones a huge hit in the States, recently picked up for a third season. On the episode screening this week, she and Agent Booth (David Boreanaz) must try and solve the mystery of a would-be mail order bride, who is found in a river with her bones removed.
Suspicion therefore falls on the man who ordered her, who makes himself look even guiltier when he does a runner.
For Deschanel, a strict vegan, she admits that the gory nature of her role has somewhat desensitised her to blood and guts. Probably a good thing when you consider that she does things like pull de-boned corpse props out of the river on her show.
See New Zealand’s number one fan Emily Deschanel every Monday night as she stars as Dr. Temperance Brennan on Bones, TV3 at 8:30pm.
For more information visit tv3.co.nz/bones