In the Limelight

Scoop talked to Power Rangers actress Catherine Sutherland two weeks ago at Great Philadelphia Comic Con. Sutherland shared her favorite parts of being in the Power Rangers series, gave an update on The Order, and offered some tidbits on her character in the movie.

Scoop: How has the convention been for you so far?
Catherine Sutherland (CS): Lots of fun, I’m happy to be back on the East Coast, it’s been a few years, so I’m happy to be back here.

Scoop: You were in Mighty Morphin, Zeo, and Turbo – did you have a preference for one series over another?
CS: I loved them all. I loved how my character came onto the show, so I really enjoyed that part. But, I think Zeo was like Cat’s season. I feel like we got to know her a lot better in that season.

Scoop: What was it like starting out with a bit of a bad girl arc and then turning into the good, popular Pink Ranger?
CS: I really liked playing the evil Cat. I had so much fun doing that, and I got to be with Rita and Zedd all the time, so it was really fun. Once I became good, it kind of tamed her down a bit. I liked the arc, I thought it was really well done. It was really nice for them to give Kimberly a nice ride out because some of the other characters didn’t get that opportunity.

Scoop: Did you have a favorite storyline when you were on the shows?
CS: My favorite episode, actually, was in Turbo. It was called “Wait and See.” I just really loved that message for little girls because it was about dealing with eating disorders and insecurities and discovering that it’s about what’s on the inside that counts. So, I really loved that message. I was a dancer, so I understood that a lot. You know, dealing with a lot of ballerinas that struggled with anorexia and things like that. I liked that message.

Scoop: Let’s switch to The Order, can you give me anything – any new teasers or information?
CS: We were supposed to start filming at the end of January, but there was a little glitch with SAG, so Karan [Ashley] is figuring all of that out now. We’re hoping to pick up again later in the year or early next year.

It’s going to be great. I feel like Karan and David Fielding wrote a really great script. I think the fans are going to be really excited to get to see us fighting again. It’s a darker, edgier version.

Scoop: Do you think any of the characters in the movie reflect the personalities of any of the Power Rangers?
They are very different. Very different. There’s a lot of mystery in it – you don’t know who is good and who is evil or who is turning. It keeps you on your toes. It’s very exciting.

Scoop: It looks like there’s a lot of technical fighting in the movie. Did you do any training for the movie?
We only filmed the trailer and we did that in three days. That was pretty much just figuring it out on set. We had five minutes to figure something out and make it look cool. For the movie, obviously, we’re going to have a lot more time to do stunt fights. So, we had started stunt rehearsals, only a week away from production when that whole thing happened with SAG. We had amazing stunt coordinators and it was really fun. I got to practice how to use weapons. It was fun.

Scoop: Can you tell me about the character you’ll be playing?
CS: Her name is Erica. She is very mysterious, conniving, you never know what she’s thinking. She doesn’t speak unless she’s got something important to say. I can’t tell you whether she’s good or evil, though. [Laughs] But, she’s pretty amazing.

Scoop: Are you having a good time at Great Philadelphia Comic Con?
Yes, I love it. I was in Allentown, that was the last time I was in Philadelphia. That was a few years ago, so it’s really nice to be back. I’m having a great time.