The past keeps calling to Charlotte Hegele.
Not in a ghostly kind of way.
But the Canadian actress keeps getting cast in period pieces. She’s one of the series leads in Bomb Girls, which returns for its second season, Wednesday, Jan. 2 on Global.
Bomb Girls, of course, focuses on a group of Canadian women working at a munitions factory during World War II.
“The thing with women in period pieces is that they tend to be a bit demure and a bit reserved, which is something that I guess I am,” said Hegele, who is pictured at far right in the above photo, and also below.
“So I guess it comes naturally to me, as opposed to someone who is a bit more assertive and aggressive. Although I still can do that, and I’m eager to play parts like that, I just haven’t had an opportunity to do it yet.
“But yes, I love period pieces and I keep getting cast in them. I think it must be the demeanor that I sometimes give off.”
Starring alongside Ali Liebert, Jodi Balfour and Meg Tilly (pictured above left to right) in Bomb Girls, Hegele plays Kate Andrews, a young woman who comes from a maniacally religious and abusive upbringing.
In season one, Kate winds up working at the munitions factory after escaping from her controlling father, only to have him track her down at season’s end.
Without revealing anything specific, there is a substantial development to Kate’s story line in the debut episode of season two.
“I got (the scripts for episodes) one and two at the same time, before we started shooting, and it was shocking,” Hegele said.
“Well, maybe I wasn’t totally shocked, because you knew something had to happen with Kate. But it was interesting that it happened in the first episode, that it happened so quickly.”
Kate’s link with her best friend Betty McRae (Liebert) also gets more intense due to the new circumstances. And that already was a complex relationship, with Betty having romantic feelings for Kate at a time when such things were not even remotely socially acceptable.
“Within each subsequent episode, my character goes through different phases of dealing with what happens,” Hegele said. “So in that sense, it wasn’t so much my choices in how to play it, the actions were written already for me.
“But the thing with Kate is that she’s very good at compartmentalizing parts of her life. She’s wired in a way that I’m not, and most people aren’t.”
Then again, as Hegele pointed out, the era in which Bomb Girls is set plays a part in that, too.
“Horrible things sometimes happen to everyone, and yet somehow most people still function,” Hegele said.
“Having this story take place during World War II, the characters kind of understand that your purpose is not just to find your own identity. It’s to be part of the larger picture, to be part of the war effort.”
Charlotte Hegele certainly has great perspective on her role in Bomb Girls. But as accomplished as she is with period pieces, shouldn’t her next role be in a project that’s set, like, 60 years in the future, to balance things out?
“Yes, definitely,” Hegele said with a laugh. “I need a character that’s fighting aliens or something.”