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Anna Friel on Pushing Daisies

Published October 3, 2008 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of ABC
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On Pushing Daisies, the two stars can never touch. Ned (Lee Pace) has the power to bring people back from the dead, but the second touch returns them for good. Chuck (Anna Friel) has benefited from his first touch, so now they avoid contact to preserve her life. However, Friel said the show's creators keep devising new ways to allow the characters to get close, safely.

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"Bryan [Fuller] just said that he invented a contraption that allows us to lie next to each other and spoon," Friel said. "There’s going to be a hug machine in the next episode, as part of one of the cases. I kept saying to Bryan that Chuck should try to take it away so that we can use that and pretend we’re giving each other hugs. That’s a constant note we always have. There’s also the other side of it. If it’s on a wide screen and you want the two of us to be in a wide shot together, you can’t move. One of Ned’s major characteristics is that he always holds his arms back, or puts his hands in his pockets, so we don’t get together."

Season two of Pushing Daisies gets off and running with big changes for Chuck. "We do a recap of last season, for people who didn’t get to see it, or who have forgotten what happened. Then we start off a year later. Olive has run away to a convent and I move into her apartment because Chuck and Ned need a bit of space. There’s a little bit of trouble between them, at the beginning. They still love each other, but they have real issues that come up. I move into Olive’s apartment and we become very French. I move into Olive’s apartment, and then Ned gets distressed because he misses Chuck so much. Chuck gets her very first job. She goes and get a job, where she works in a place that makes honey because of her love for bees."



With all these changes, the characters have new issues with which to deal. "Olive and Chuck are at loggerheads. Chuck and Ned start off having a little of a problem. If it’s all just sweet and romantic all the time, then there’s no challenge and there’s no conflict, and there’s no drama without conflict. Chuck still doesn’t know [that aunt Lily is actually her mother], and Olive feels so guilty that she’s kept the secret from Chuck, that she runs and joins a convent. The convent is amazing. She becomes a nun, in a beautiful, Sound of Music way."

One thing that remains is Chuck's compassion for the murder victims Ned brings back for clues. She will continue to honor their final requests. "She was like a little angel. She wants to fulfill their last wishes, as opposed to Emerson and Ned, who want to find out who did it, and want the money. So, I do keep that side very much alive."

Pushing Daisies airs Wednesdays on ABC.
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