CASTLE had an unexpected week off, but the show returns this Monday with a brand new episode…and it just happens to dive a bit into Beckett’s modeling past.
In “Dressed to Kill” an assistant at MODERN FASHION is killed, so Beckett and Castle are called to investigate. Unfortunately for Kate, she needs to speak with MODERN FASHION boss Matilda King (a very DEVIL WEARS PRADA-esque/Anna Wintour-like woman), whom Beckett has a history with.
I spoke with CASTLE guest star — and fan of the show! — Frances Fisher (Matilda) to get a little more info about the hour…
How did this guest spot come to be? Were you familiar with CASTLE before they called?
Frances Fisher: Yes, I was familiar with the show and I loved it. I loved the relationship between [Beckett] and [Castle]. He has so many expressions, and they’re just so funny. I love the banter between them.
So I got the offer, I read the script, I thought this would be great fun to play a role like this with them. And I said yes!
That’s fantastic. Since you’re playing a fashion mogul, did you get the chance to do any prep into that world before you started filming?
FF: I did a little research online about fashion editors and things like that. But it happened very quickly. I think I got the offer and then went into wardrobe for photos we had to do for the episode to put on the wall [in the MODERN FASHION office]. I was very busy with all that stuff, so we just kind of jumped in.
What can you share about her past with Beckett?
FF: They did have a relationship in the past when [Beckett] was modeling, and I asked her to model for me and she said no.
Are there any flashbacks? Or are we just told about what went down then?
FF: It’s still alive in Matilda, what happened, so it’s referenced. There isn’t an actual flashback.
How are things like when they reunite. Is Matilda wary of Beckett?
FF: I wouldn’t say wary. They come to investigate a murder, the murder of my assistant, so there’s that present situation we have to deal with. And the past is something that’s there, but it isn’t brought into the present, because there are more urgent things happening.
What’s Matilda’s reaction to Castle?
FF: Well, there’s a circumstance present; I mean, he’s a good looking man with a sense of humor. You can imagine what her reaction would be if there wasn’t someone asking her about a murder. [Laughs]
Does she have any thoughts about him and Beckett being a couple, especially since she knew Beckett before Castle came into her life?
FF: No, I don’t think that’s addressed. The murder investigation trumps everything else.
That’s fair. Did you get to share screentime with everyone? Or was it primarily with a few actors?
FF: All my scenes were with Stana [Katic (Beckett)] and Nathan [Fillion (Castle)], which is exactly what I wanted to do. They were great.
Since you’re a fan of the show, were you able to meet the rest of the cast between filming scenes?
FF: I only saw the people I was working with. I would have loved to meet everyone, of course, but there was no time the way the script was structured.
That makes sense. What was your favorite part of the experience?
FF: I love acting, so actually doing the work was great, but I loved the time in between [filming]. I loved getting to know Stana. As we were waiting for the setups and stuff, we had some great conversations. She’s very astute, with a great sense of humor, and a wonderful person. And I really liked getting to know her.