‘It hurt and the ending was tough’: Stana Katic still wonders why she was kicked out of ABC’s castle
“It hurt and the ending was tough,” the 39-year-old Canadian-American admitted to EW on Saturday. “Actually, I’m still unclear about the thought process behind how this happened.”
The former Bond girl played NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett for seven years alongside Nathan Fillion’s mystery novelist Richard Castle, and there were rumors of a breakup.
At the time, the 46-year-old SAG Awards nominee – who signed a contract for Season 9 – wished her “partner” well via Twitter and thanked her for creating “one of television’s greatest police officers”.
But a day later, Us Weekly claimed the Canadian idol was a “bully” who frequently made Stana “cry in her trailer on set.”
In the lamentably edited and rushed series finale – titled “Crossfire” – Kate and Richard were depicted “seven years later” still happily married and playing with their three children.
“I hope it will remain something special in the minds of viewers forever,” Katic continued.
“I met so many beautiful people on this project, and we collaborated on something really unique in that it’s not every day that you get a show or series that has eight seasons and has was a success for the network.
“It would be doing a disservice to these people, to the work we did together and to my work, which contributed in part to the success of the show, to be anything but grateful because, at the end of the day, it was a fantastic platform. It was a formative experience, and we told a love story that I think moved people, touched them, and I can only be happy to have is part of something like that.
The University of Toronto alum then went on to produce and star as FBI agent turned fugitive Emily Byrne in the 10-episode serial killer series Absentia, which premieres next Friday on Amazon.
The Rendezvous actress took on the role because she wanted to avoid “the mommy thing” where a character is only there to serve as a backdrop for the lead role.
“Often, in the past, the characters who have had this kind of role in a story, the main quality is that they care. That’s all, Stana explained.
‘And then I read [Absentia]and I thought, ‘Oh, that’s really interesting,’ because Emily had all of these roles rolled into one person, and she’s still a badass, and she’s still an active member in the storytelling. ‘
On a personal note, Katic – who is fluent in six languages - will celebrate her third wedding anniversary with her husband, business efficiency consultant, Kris Brkljac, in April.
Meanwhile, Nathan will next reunite with Neil Patrick Harris, his nemesis from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, for the second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which will begin streaming March 30 on Netflix.
In it, Fillion plays Lemony Snicket’s (Patrick Warburton) doomed older brother Jacques, who is portrayed as having a unibrow and a tattoo of one eye on his ankle, like Count Olaf (Harris).