Piper Perabo credits senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum as being her “good luck charm” when it comes to gaining awards recognition for her new series “Covert Affairs.” During their recent webcam chat, she reminded them that they were only one of two interviews she did prior to landing a Golden Globes bid for Best TV Drama Actress.
Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”) won that race last January, edging out Perabo as well as Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) and Kyra Segwick (“The Closer”). All of them are in the running at the upcoming Emmys. Other potential contenders include 2006 champ Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) and past nominee Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”) as well as newcomers Kathy Bates (“Harry’s Law”) and Mireille Enos (“The Killing”).
As Annie Walker on “Covert Affairs,” Piper Perabo has much in common with Jennifer Garner‘s character on “Alias,” a rookie agent caught up in the complex game of spy vs. spy forced to go undercover to find out the truth. Garner earned four consecutive Emmy bids as Best Drama Actress beginning in 2002.
If Perabo reaps a nomination, she plans to sumbit the pilot episode to the Emmys judging panel. “The really good thing about the pilot is that it starts at zero and ramps up to 100% for the show. You get the steepest learning curve of any episode we did. Annie is pulled out of training and put into a mission (immediately).”
“Covert Affairs” just kicked off its second summer season. Although seven episodes are already in the can, Perabo wasn’t saying much about what lies ahead. “I’m not supposed to spill all the stuff that I know.” As the actress readily admitted, “It’s a little difficult because I’m not very good at keeping secrets. I have to just sit on my hands and try to think of something else to talk about.” She is proud that the series has avoided any sophomore slump. “We’re building on what we did last year and just going bigger. The action is bigger…the locations, the stunts.”