You did “Bones” “for 12 seasons. Congratulations. That’s an
incredible accomplishment. [ Cheers and applause ] And this is
the fourth season of it. This is a very gritty show.
Are you — You’re playing someone who is
on the other side of the law. -Yes.
-Are you enjoying that? -Yeah, it’s fun. Everyone wants
to play a bad guy, right? I mean, I’m not —
A misunderstood person that just happens to be on the other side
of the law maybe, but, yeah. So, you know, I came from,
like, goody-goody “Bones.” We’re solving crimes.
And then I’m playing somebody who just got out of prison,
and it’s, like, raw and gritty. -In your head, did, like,
your character on “Bones” maybe put away your character
on “Animal Kingdom”? -She could have.
-Yeah, she could have. -She probably could have.
She could have. And, well, it’s just
so different because, like, on “Bones,” my character was a martial-arts expert
at the beginning, and I’d fight people,
but it’s all fake fighting. You do that, and somebody
would move their head. -I know how show business works.
Yeah. “And this is all movies? Wait. So there are
no fights in movies?” -There are stunt coordinators.
-Okay, gotcha. -No, I’ll tell you all about it
after the show. -You’re fighting. Do you have
some fighting in this? -I have fighting in this. Well,
okay, so there’s a scene — It wasn’t written
that I’d be fighting. But the way it was written —
They didn’t really mean to. They didn’t realize this,
but basically it was just men fighting and me watching,
the way it was written. And as a feminist
and as a woman, I, like, took issue with that. And I wanted to be
a part of the fight. [ Cheers and applause ]
Thank you. Thank you. But also as an actor, you just
kind of want something to do. At “Bones,” we would fight
for the clipboard ’cause you want to have
something to hold. People also put their lines
on the clipboard, too. -Wait. You’re really letting us
behind the curtain tonight. -Secrets.
Hollywood secrets. But, yeah, I just wanted
something to do in the scene so I wasn’t just awkwardly
standing there while men fought. So I was like,
“Can I be a part of the scene?” They’re like, “Yeah, yeah, yeah,
be a part of the scene.” But the fight scenes on this
show are much more raw and real, and they want me to
actually kick the person. -Okay.
-Like, really kick the person. They have, like,
retired MMA fighters. They’re like,
“No, you can beat me up. I’m okay with that.”
-Yeah. -And so I, like —
We shoot the scene, and I really kick the guy,
but he brought his leg up. So instead of kicking
his abdomen, I kick his shin. Basically, I sprained my ankle.
I didn’t know what I’d done. I just was limping away, and I’m, like, trying
to be really tough. It’s all these guys.
I’m like, “Yeah, no, I’m cool. I’m cool.
I’ll just stomp from now on.” And I was like, okay,
and then I drove home. My leg got all swollen. And it was very —
It became very painful. And I got home, and my mom
calls, and she’s nearby, and she’s like,
“I’ll take you to the E.R.” I’m, like, trying to be tough, and then, like, my mommy’s
taking me to the E.R. You know, I —
I lost all my power. -“You’re going to be fine, and Daddy’s going to
introduce you to Beyoncé.” -I get to the E.R.,
and I’m like — I try to explain like —
“I was doing a scene. And it was a fight scene.
And I kicked somebody.” I’m telling the nurse that,
and then the doctor comes in, and they’re like,
“So, next time in acting class, you need to be — Take it easy in acting class
from now on.” I’m like,
“I wasn’t in an acting class. I’m a professional. I’m actually
a professional actor, okay?” I was fighting an MMA guy.
You know? Like, these things happen. Anyways, then I’m, like,
in an air cast and crutches for a few days. -You’ve got two kids.
-Yes. -8 and 4 backstage?
-Almost 8. -My 7-year-old would love that.
He’s 8 now. -How do they feel when their mom
is limping around the house ’cause she kicked an MMA guy? Are they, like, into that? -Well, my younger son’s birthday
was the next day. And so all the kids were
talking to me. I was like, “I was fighting bad guys,
and that’s how…” Then I hear, like, you know,
from their moms and dads, “Did you tell my son that
you were fighting bad guys?” Yeah. They’re asking if Calvin’s
mom is a superhero. You know?
Basically I’m a superhero. -It basically worked out. This whole thing
worked out pretty well. -It all worked out really well.
-I think the next time she’s in a movie with you, Beyoncé
is going to be watching you. -Yeah. -Hey, thanks so much
for being here. It’s great to see you again.
Emily Deschanel, everybody.