ABC’s new drama “Wicked City” is aptly named: Set in the anything-goes club scene in LA in the early 80s, the show follows the exploits of a serial killer (played by Ed Westwick of “Gossip Girl”) and the cop (played by Jeremy Sisto of “Suburgatory”) trying to track him down. But Westwick’s Kent isn’t just some sick loner — he gets involved with a lonely single mother, played by Erika Christensen (most recently of “Parenthood”). As to what could suck someone in to such a monster, well, Christensen says it’s complicated.
“She’s on such a ride from the moment she meets Kent. She’s just in, hook, line and sinker, but she doesn’t know where she’s going. I think that she’s going to learn a lot about herself,” she explains.
It seems hard to believe she could be so oblivious to the actions of her paramour, and Christensen says she may eventually work out what Kent’s up to. “I think she has to at some point, and I don’t know how much she learns, how fast, and how on board she’s going to be with it. But we have to start from the place of knowing that she is madly in love with this person,” she explains.
And Kent is pretty good at getting people to like him. “He’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man. He makes her feel comfortable in her own skin. He makes her feel sexy and wanted and he offers an excitement that she doesn’t have in her life. She’s an abused person. She’s not been treated well. And so for someone to be a kind of Prince Charming for her, she’s going to follow him wherever she goes.”