“Against the Wall” star Rachael Carpani is looking forward to catching up on some sleep – now that the first 13 episodes of her Lifetime police drama are almost a wrap.
“There’ve been a few times I’ve wanted to hit Snooze again on the alarm — I’m not a morning person. In fact, I have done that and I’ve gotten into trouble,” claims the Aussie actress with a laugh. Seriously, adds Carpani, “We were just saying the other day how sad it’s going to be not to see each other for awhile. It’s a fun set, the kind where you find yourself doubling over laughing at midnight. We were so lucky. I didn’t meet anybody until we shot the pilot, and then we were saying ‘You look a little like me,’” she says of series brothers Brandon Quinn, Steve Byers and James Thomas — and parents Treat Williams and Kathy Baker.
The series has Carpani as an Internal Affairs detective whose job puts her at odds with her cop-filled family. She’s smart and strong but makes mistakes and sometimes clutzy moves. “When I read Abby, I thought, ‘I don’t care how. This character is hilarious. I’ve got to play her,'” the actress says.
Carpani is used to putting in long hours on a series set. She starred for “six and a half of my formative years” on Australian TV’s “McLeod’s Daughters,” which took place in a cattle station in the outback Of the differences in productions, she says, “Really, it’s just on a bigger scale here. The crews are pretty much the same. A set’s a set. Getting up at 4 a.m. is getting up at 4 a.m. ‘McLeod’s Daughters’ was more physically challenging; we were on horseback every day. Obviously, with ‘Against the Wall’ I do feel a little bit of pressure,” she says of carrying the show. “But I try not to think about that part, and just do a good job.”