'Torchwood: Miracle Day' star Lauren Ambrose: 'Every detail is accounted for'

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The Starz premiere of "Torchwood: Miracle Day" delivered on almost every promise of high stakes and global storyline, with one notable exception. Where was Lauren Ambrose?

Viewers finally get to see the "Six Feet Under" actress when her character is introduced during the July 15 episode, "The Gathering."

"She's this vicious PR agent," Ambrose said of her character, Jilly Kitzinger, when Zap2it met her on the "Torchwood" set. "That's why I took this part... That was a new one for me. And I get to wear really fabulous clothing."

It's not all nice outfits, though.

"I'm on the commerce side of it, the marketing and selling of it," she says of titular "Miracle" that keeps the world population from dying. "It's sort of a comment on how these things are spun for profit."

Ambrose notes that the relatable aspect of the science fiction premise is what drew her to "Torchwood," her first foray into the genre.

"What I do know is that whenever there is sci-fi stuff and the rules aren't there and they don't make sense, that is so frustrating," she says. "Every detail is accounted for here. It's about these big ideas. It speaks to so much that's going on in our world right now -- health care, health insurance, life expectancy and overpopulation -- and all of these things we face, looking at them in this heightened way... in this fable."

First approached to take the part by "Torchwood" creator Russell T Davies, Ambrose says it was an easy sell -- even though she had never seen the series before. "I was really inspired by his words and by his care for every detail of the story," she tells us. "He has a reason for everything."

Sharing most of her scenes with Bill Pullman ( who plays convicted child murderer Oswald Danes) was also pretty tempting. "Bill and I are sort of a team," she says. "We have this love/hate relationship. It's contentions, but we need it. And he's so great"

We spoke with Lauren the day she filmed her final scenes for "Miracle Day," and even then she admits that the scope of the plot was still something of a mystery to her.

"I don't know how much I can tell you," she says, laughing. "I don't even know what's going on. That's the good thing about this character, she's constantly trying to figure out what's happening too. So that part hasn't been hard to play."
Photo/Video credit: BBC, Starz