LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alexa Davalos has handled her share of rough-and-tumble action in movies including “The Chronicles of Riddick,” ”The Mist” and “Clash of the Titans.”
But in TNT’s new series “Mob City,” the actress takes on the sophisticated nuances of film noir, in which come-hither glances and snappy patter are as key as the gunfire.
Davalos plays Jasmine Fontaine, a woman trying to keep her footing in a post-World War II Los Angeles that’s the dangerous turf of mobsters including Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), and the police waging war against them.
The drama series from writer-director Frank Darabont (“The Walking Dead,” ”The Shawshank Redemption”), which debuts Dec. 4 for a three-week run, enthralled Davalos from the moment she read the first script.
It’s evocative of such classic noir films as “The Big Sleep” and “Double Indemnity,” and so is the Paris-born Davolos’ performance, which recalls sultry, tough-dame turns by Lauren Bacall and Barbara Stanwyck. The 31-year-old actress discussed the genre and her character in a recent interview with The Associated Press.