Conlin Wears White for 'Bones' Finale
"It was kind of crazy to end the year with a wedding," Conlin laughs. "I didn't realize -- I don't know why -- that even though I was just playing a bride and not really getting married, you still go through all the stress of fitting the dress and taking the pictures and walking down the aisle and all that."
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"It was very, very surreal. It felt very real," Conlin says. "Billy Gibbons, who played my father, when we were standing in the foyer before the doors opened to walk down the aisle, he looked and he's like, 'My heart's really beating. This is nervous.' I said, 'Why?' He said, 'It all feels so real.' And it does. The production values are so high."
Yes, the Billy Gibbons in question is the bearded ZZ-Top icon, a character detail introduced in the first season and never exactly commented on, though Gibbons' role is greatly expanded for the finale. Conlin has worked up a full back-story for the relationship.
"He's been gone for a lot of her childhood, traveling and on tour," she explains. "And I know that a lot of Angela's quote-unquote 'free-spirited' nature came from sort of raising herself as a child and being a bit of a wild banshee, not really having parental guidance. He's not around very much, comes in and out, and I think that she'd love to have him around more. I think he will actually be around more, I hope, in the third season. It's unexplained, but for a good reason. I think that Angela wishes that they were closer than they are."
At least one person couldn't be happier about the character's rock-n-roll paternity.
"My real father, who I had to call up and say 'They've cast someone as you, dad, and I hope that you approve,' he's so excited about the fact that it was him, because he's such a big
On a show so dominated by the chemistry between ostensible leads
"It's an amazing experience to fall in love with someone on a show, as it is in life," she says. "It's the most humbling, grounding, moving experience and it teaches you so much and that's what it's done for her. It's grounded both of them and put their feet on the ground. It's a beautiful thing when you fall in love with someone and that's what it's done for both of them -- given them a lot more to look forward to at work."
That being said, Conlin adds, "I like being involved in one relationship, but at the core of Angela's character is that she says what she feels and she doesn't edit before she speaks. It was fun for a season to be able to do that and she's been a little more reserved this season, as well she should be, considering she's walking down the aisle."
And how does the actress, whose character is one of the biggest cheerleaders for a Bones-Booth hook-up, feel about that potentiality?
"I've been working with those guys for a long time, so I know that if it ever happens, I think that Angela would be in the front row with a VIP ticket and a big popcorn and a Diet Coke. She's really into it. I would love to see them hook up, but once they do, what happens after that?"
For now at least, viewers don't need to worry. It's Angela's turn to wear white.
The "Bones" finale airs Wednesday (May 16) night at 8 p.m. ET.