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."

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


Pushing Daisies Quotes

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

Vivian: Charlotte was a nice girl.
Lily: With the exception of puberty.
Vivian: Which was when Lily was going through a change of life.
Lily: Impolite to talk about one's menopause in mixed company.