Versatility Personified

If the name doesn't ring bells immediately, you'll definitely recognize Sarah Carter's face. The budding actress has appeared in various television shows, and has played characters ranging from lawyers to werewolves to Superman's love interest. We caught up with one of the big and small screen's most versatile ladies and discussed her many projects...

Men's Fitness: What immediately strikes me about your work is that it's extremely versatile. From Dark Angel to Entourage, both Final Destination installments to Smallville, all the shows (and characters you portray) are diverse. Is this something you shoot for, or does it just happen by coincidence?

Sarah Carter: I haven't been typecast, that's for sure (laughs)! But I guess it just happens; I love playing characters. I'm not a personality actor, so I take advantage of every opportunity to be as wild as possible, hence my resume.

MF: To this point in time, which has been you're favorite (or most enjoyable) role?

SC: I'd have to say my character in [Spike Lee's upcoming legal drama] Shark, Madeline Poe, the one I'm playing now.

MF: Tell me about Shark.

SC: Shark is a lawyer show, but it isn't case driven. It's driven by humanity, ethics. Its about a man who realizes that people are worth fighting for, that's its not about fame and money. The concept of truth is relative. It's just a show that will make people think and feel and it's a big honor to be a part of it.

MF: How do you like working with Spike and James Woods?

SC: Working with Spike was an incredible experience; he's such a strong presence and a force to be reckoned with and he gets the performance that he's looking for just by being so clear and all-powerful. When Spike's on set, you know he's there and it makes you want to be the best that you can be. Working with James is the same kind of thing; he's a master of his craft and so much fun to play off of.

MF: And your character, Madeline Poe, what's her deal?

SC: She's extremely driven to win and will do whatever it takes to be the best in the office and wants to be the best attorney in the country, in the world. She's on the opposite path that [James Woods' character] is on.

MF: Is she an extension of your real-life persona?

SC: I'd actually say she's the exact opposite, which is why it makes it a great experience. I'm learning a lot from Madeline Poe.

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