Lee Pace, Anna Friel Comment on Pushing Daisies, Characters

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Anna Friel, Lee Pace
Lee Pace isn't exactly complaining that Pushing Daisies is receiving such critical praise. But there is one drawback to such acclaim: pressure.

"If I'm feeling good, I'm very grateful for that," the actor recently said in an interview with Zap2it. "Some days, though, it makes me nervous, like, 'Oh, God, I hope we don't mess it up.'"

We doubt they will. Meanwhile, the actor took readers inside the character of Ned a bit.

"From the beginning moments of the pilot, (Ned has) created a place that he understands," Pace said. "He can give people fresh pie and goodness and be a generous person within a small world.

"Then he brings Chuck back to life, and his entire world is blown open. He learns something new, I think, in every episode about how to enjoy his life, how to make other people's lives a better place. That's the big psychology, I think, behind his gift, in that ... it's a tricky one, one that comes with a consequence and a dilemma."

Speaking of Chuck - or Anna Friel, the actress that portrays her - how does this British star feel about really making a splash in the United States?

"I was a little bit frightened because I never had done quite this style of acting before, where it's a little bit and there's a lot of comedy involved," she said. "But I thought, 'I'm going to choose the thing that scares and challenges me the most.' I loved the whole fairy-tale essence of it all, and I thought it was the most exciting script I had seen in a very long time.

"Chuck is just a wonderful character. I mean, she makes honey for the homeless and she's been raised by these two extremely mad aunts and learned several languages and read thousands and thousands of books. That's a great start for a character."

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Pushing Daisies Quotes

She read about people she could never be, on adventures she would never have. Life was good enough until one day it wasn't. Chuck wanted more. But at Boutique Travel Travel Boutique she got more than she bargained for.


Chuck: Do you believe in reincarnation?
Emerson: Hell no. The planet's falling apart. Right now, it's the children's problem. We reincarnate, it's our problem