If you were to know me at all, you would laugh at how much I love FBI: International. It’s as if I get to take a trip every week without going anywhere. It’s also that I love the characters of the show, their nonsense attitudes, and their want to make the world better. Maybe it’s also part of the fact that the cast in their interviews shows so much passion for their jobs.
Maybe it is the fact that each of these shows makes a difference. They are telling something that makes us all think. Maybe it’s that they are showing us the worst of the world and making us think of the best and just how much we need to find hope in that cases can be solved.
One of the reasons that I love this second season of FBI: International so much is because of its newest star, Eva Jane Willis. The no nonsense Smitty, is fiercely protective of the fly team, a badass behind the wheel, balls to the wall, gives no f**ks kind of agent.
When we spoke to Eva Jane Willis about Smitty and the reasons that we loved her, she loved those same qualities in Smitty, “The minute I read the part, I saw those characteristics in the character when Derek, the producer and also writer of the show, gave me the audition scenes. I really like that about her as well. I like that she has these two faces, in a way. Sometimes you get to see them in the bar and stuff like that, relaxing and having a drink. She really likes to poke fun at things. Sometimes she has a bit of that British cynicism where she can see the comedy in a situation, but then when it’s time to work, it’s absolutely serious. She’ll do anything to get the job done as you said.”
She definitely will and part of that has to do with her relationship with Scott. Her unwavering dedication to the fly team and why that is.
“I definitely think Scott is a huge part of that. We touched a little bit on their history when I first joined, and we’ve made a couple of hints here and there about some of what they went through together, I’m really hoping that we’re going to get more and more of that in the future,” she said, “There was a scene, I think– What episode was it? Maybe, 10. I think it was Episode 10 where we had a small scene. It was a transition scene almost, where we just, for a second, she mentioned about her choosing Budapest and why she decided to come here. It was because of him, because he was the best boss she’d ever had.”
She continued, “I think it’s professional, but it’s definitely personal as well. There’s something about what they went through together that I think– Again, more will be revealed, but I think that’s what means that she will put her life on the line for that team because he’s the leader of it.”
When we spoke about tonights FBI Global Crossover Event, she couldn’t say much. But she did say a lot in not saying much.
“It’s amazing how FBI just keeps adding the intensity. Every single episode, it’s more and more and more. I can’t give away too much, but the things I am allowed to say are, well, first of all, it’s really exciting for us that FBI: International is going to kick off the three-part crossover event. We’re going to be there opening at eight o’clock on the 4th of April on CBS Television Network and Paramount Plus. For us, that’s really exciting. Then it will unfold over the three hours how we are then having to call on the FBI OG, and then Most Wanted as well, to bring all three teams together to deal with something that, obviously, is going to be pretty huge in order to take all three of us, all three teams,” she said.
She continued, “I can talk generally about the themes in the episode. There’s a real sense of right versus wrong and what tough decisions each of us has to make in order to not only get the job done but to do what’s right. I think, ultimately, that will either put each individual in jeopardy, or you’ll end up putting someone else in jeopardy. That’s where the professional crosses over into the personal. There will be lots at stake personally for each character in this episode as well. What else can I say? I think you already know it’s taking place against the beautiful backdrop of Rome, which is breathtaking in itself and makes the whole thing incredibly exciting.”
“For me personally, I got to work with Jeremy Sisto and Shantel VanSanten, which was amazing. I wasn’t here last season, so I didn’t get to do the crossover before, so I hadn’t even met anyone in the original two shows. For me personally, this has made me feel even more part of the FBI family and brought all of us together to really feel like one big team.” she said finishing off the answer.
We talked more about the crossover event, Smitty’s loyalty, life in Budapest, the impact the show is having, their group text, and which member of the fly team calls instead of texts.
The FBI Global Crossover Event airs tonight on CBS.