Leslie Bibb has been a fan favorite for us for a long time. And we’ve been waiting since she appeared in Iron Man for her to have a role that put her in the place of the superhero. Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy is the opportunity and we’re so happy to have her as Grace Sampson aka Lady Liberty and one of the most badass characters on the show.
Grace, the wife of the Utopian, has a lot of weight on her shoulders. She’s a superhero, the Wonder Woman of her age that people look up. She’s also a woman trying to make it in a world that side-eyes independent, collected, and smart AF women like her. She’s a wife, caught in between her husband’s code and a changing world. And she’s also a mother who feels like the bonds that she has with her children are being tested due to the choices made by member of her family.
Basically, Grace has a lot going on when she’s introduced in Jupiter’s Legacy. But like her name, she handles things with more grace and poise than I have in my entire body. Bibb, who plays this superhero talked with us about Grace, her journey, and wearing those rocking wigs. And instead of bogging this down with the usual lineup of interviews, we thought we’d go for 5 things we learned about her and her character Grace on Jupiter’s Legacy!
1. The boys had the rougher go when it came to being aged up.
“They always had 3 hour earlier calls than I did. So, mine was easy. They just put some wrinkles here and under here [points at different parts of her face]. We just showed my skins flaws. And I just thought, “If they need more, they’ll probably add more stuff afterwards.” But the guys were under for a crazy amount of time. Also, at the end of the day they had to have all of that stuff taken off. So, that took like 45 minutes.”
2. She loved her wigs.
“I’ve never worn a wig before and it was kind of fun to do that. Because as soon as you put it on, it’s like you immediately change. My problem sometimes with the wigs, you’re just like…you can see days when it was maybe done a little better than other days. But I liked it and was very obsessed with the color being the right color. Doing grey is so great now.”
3. Grace is caught between her husband, her kids, and the code.
“She is caught between her job, which is to protect the world and uphold this code. But she’s also a mother and I think Grace is a lioness when it comes to her kids. And she’s also caught with her husband who has a very stubborn black or white sort of view of the world. And I think you are seeing Grace sort of unable to toe the company line right now.”
4. She didn’t use other superheroes to inspire her Grace.
“I had to start with her roots. I had to start before she was Lady Liberty, who she was, which was Grace Kennedy. And I love Grace in the 20’s. I just love her moxie and her chutzpah and her fearlessness. Those I sort of used, for me…I was in my trailer and I always put pictures of characters that I’m looking for inspiration. So I used more people. So, Amelia Earhart was someone that I used. I used Harrison Ford in Raiders. That’s also a part of her. I love Katherine Hepburn. So that was also somebody that I felt had to have a little bit of Grace’s mojo.”
5. Grace colors outside of the lines.
“She was the captain of her wrestling team. The fact that she was a wrestler in the 20’s…it’s like some fun fact that I found out about her. So when we were doing the fight sequence, I remember my stunt coordinator….we were doing it and they were like very like lady like sort of fighting. And I was like, “This has so vibe to it.” I was like this isn’t this woman. And he’s like, “Well your name is Lady Liberty.” And I said, “Yeah, she’s not a lady. She’s a fighter. She’s a badass. She was the captain of her wrestling team.”
Jupiter’s Legacy is set to release May 7th on Netflix.