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The USA Network drama, Queen of the South, focuses on the drug war in Mexico. Actress Blair Bomar plays Kim Brown on the brand new show. You can keep up with Blair Bomar on Instagram and Twitter @HealyBlair.
What can you tell us about your new show, Queen of the South?
It’s based on the best-selling novel written by Arturo Perez-Reverte, La Reina Del Sur, which also became one of the most popular telenovelas of all time. The story is about a woman, Teresa Mendoza, and her rise to becoming one of the most powerful drug queenpins.
Can you talk a little bit about your character on the show?
I play Peter Gadiot’s (James) live in girlfriend, Kim Brown. He is something of a lieutenant in the drug cartel. When Teresa arrives in Texas, our lives quickly intertwine and you see us fighting to survive in a world exorbitantly doused in drugs, passion, betrayal, love and violence. Historically, drug empires have been run by men, but this time the ladies of the show are taking the reigns. Kim is found well kept in an opulent Dallas condo, yet she is struggling heavily in her relationship with James. This is the man she is in love with and feels so deeply tied to, yet she is confronted with this lifestyle that is far more corrupt than she had imagined. There’s quite a lot at stake for Kim as her heart and mind are engaging in a war of their own.
When did you decide you wanted to be an actress? What pushed you into that world?
The moment I vividly remember, knowing, that performing had to be some part of my destiny was after watching The Red Shoes on Broadway when I was precisely 9 years old. My mother, Linda, gave me a choice of having a birthday party in Dallas (where I was raised) or going to NYC and I just about died over the city. I literally thought there were diamonds in the streets. So yeah, I guess there was just something about watching Vicky Page dance herself to death in red pointe shoes that really did it for me. I’m also pretty passionate and full of energy myself and I never really knew where to go with all of these darn feelings!! I loved the idea that I could turn my sensitivity into something of a super power instead of feeling like I didn’t fit in most of the time. Acting gives you this amazing opportunity to explore and express not only your own feelings but also those of the inevitably complex characters you get to inhabit. I went from thinking I had to hide this part of myself to feeling like I could celebrate it with like-minded folks, and that was considered to be valuable work.
Did you have any actors that inspired you growing up?
I went through a pretty serious Shirley Temple phase. I used to tap dance down the halls at school and drive all my friends nuts. I also really loved Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz and fantasized that my childhood pup was related to the real Toto.
What kinds of things do you like to do away from acting and your work?
I love to get outdoors and hike with my perfect little gentleman, Bruno. He’s a short haired Miniature Pinscher/Chinese Crested hairless mix and a true wonder in my life. We’re going steady. Also pretty obsessed with any kind of workout class. There’s such a plethora of options in this city! Additionally I try to make a habit of delving into my unconscious mind and tuning into the collective when I get the chance. You know…the usual!
Where would you like to see your career in 10-15 years?
I see myself having written something substantial, maybe a play, with a family of my own living at least part-time on a plot of land in Texas. I see myself having a well of empowering work to draw from, that I’m proud of, and steadfast people to share it with that inspire me to the dickens. And by dickens I mean like hell and gorgeous wildfire.
Do you have any personal goals that you would like to accomplish in the next few years that you could share with us?
I’d love to sink my teeth into a great series. I’m a huge fan of shows like Mr. Robot, Good Girls Revolt and Masters of Sex. The writing on these shows is just incredible and the acting is equally as impressive.
Is there anything else you wanted to mention or talk about?
Well, as long as we’re here, does anybody know where I can find a suitable fella? Preferably one on the up and up. Oh hush…I’m kiddin’ y’all! I would never leave James 😉 XO