Nikita star Lyndsy Fonseca, who plays Nikita’s protege Alex, recently discussed her character’s arc in season 3, including a potential relapse of her drug addiction and her relationships with Nikita, Sean, and Owen. Spoilers ahead!
HuffPost TV has the interview:
In the season’s second episode, “Innocence,” Alex is hit hard by the story of a girl who was kidnapped and forced to train by a rogue Division agent; the girl “has a big impact on Nikita and Alex in different ways that they weren’t really ready for,” Fonseca says. “[S]he’s so much like Alex as far as what she’s been through and what’s going on and that look in her eyes.”
And while “Alex deals with the parents and mostly the mom,” Fonseca explains that for Alex “[t]here’s so much closure” in the situation because “Alex’s mother didn’t know she was alive and this mother doesn’t know. And then in the end, Nikita gives her this beautiful gift of letting her take Liza back to her family. And that’s so meaningful in such a deep way. And Nikita knows how much that means to Alex.”
As for the Alex and Sean relationship, Fonseca teases that she recently filmed a scene where she is “making out with him in a storage closet.” However, “it’s going to be a very bumpy road to get to that closet” because “[t]his isn’t a regular young woman who knows how to have a normal relationship.
“With all the trauma that’s been in her life,” Fonseca says, “it’s like… well, what else is she going to do? She has to stay in this Division world because that’s her whole life, so he’s going to give her some ultimatums and it’s going to be like, ‘Me or this place? What do you want?’ And they’re going to have to come to some sort of understanding.”
If Alex remaining in Division is causing problems with Sean, then why is she staying? “I think that Nikita is a huge part,” Fonseca says. “Their bond is so intense that, can you imagine Alex just going off with another life without these people? This is who she is, and she doesn’t have anyone else.
“But also, it’s not just Nikita — it’s the purpose. We as people are happiest when we have purpose, when we feel like we have a job to do and we feel like we’re a part of something. And so to just have all of her money and just go off and go on a honeymoon, that’s really not going to be great. Where most people would be like, ‘Yeah. Awesome,’ that’s just not what she wants. That’s what Sean wants, so that’s the problem,” she laughs.
As for Alex’s relationship with Nikita, which saw some major bumps in the road in season 2, “[s]o far it’s been really great,” Fonseca says. “I think that there’s a lot more maturity in their friendship this year” because “Alex is in a place where, even though there’re some addiction problems coming up, in general there’s just this really great understanding of they have.
“They’re working together and they’re really on the same page,” she adds. “I feel like they really have dealt with all of the secrets that they’ve been hiding from one another and they can just move forward and be present in the moment.”
Alex will also be interacting with Owen for the first time when he returns to the show in episode four. “Owen comes back into the story this year in a way where we don’t really understand where he’s been. We don’t know what he’s been going through,” Fonseca previews.
“So we need to question him and figure out what he’s been doing and what happened to him and where he stands, physically, mentally, emotionally, and so Ryan has me interrogate him basically because I’m the one that’s not close to him. Nikita, everyone else knows him too well…”
But that will not be the end of their interactions. In fact, “they have this strange spark between them that I don’t really understand yet. There’s something there… I don’t know if we’re necessarily going to get into it or maybe eventually we will, but I think the fans will like it,” she says.
Also in terms of returning characters, there is Amanda, who also returns in episode four. “Amanda wants to kill Nikita, obviously, but I think that she realizes this year that the best way to get her is to get all the people she cares about,” Fonseca teases.
“What we’ve shot so far, that’s kind of just the beginning of it, and what’s going to happen is still up to the writers,” but “there is going to be connection between Alex and Amanda and there’s definitely going to be a power and a hold that Amanda has over Alex…”
Nikita airs Fridays at 9:00 p.m. ET.