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TV Junkie Interview: Joelle Carter of FX's 'Justified'

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Joelle Carter plays Ava Crowder on FX's raw series, "Justified," which will have its season 2 premiere this Wednesday at 10pm.
We first noticed the very beautiful Joelle Carter as Penny Hardwick in 2000's High Fidelity and had seen her intermittently in films between now and last year when she appeared on FX's new series, "Justified," co-starring with Timothy Olyphant. Set in rural Kentucky, amongst meth labs and evangelists, the story follows U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens (Olyphant) as he returns to his hometown and tries to set things right. In the first episode he encounters Carter's Ava Crowder, a childhood crush, who has just shot her husband to death at the dinner table. Suffice it to say that circumstances only get more complicated as Raylan encounters more enemies than friends from his past in his attempts to protect Ava from her dead husbands kinfolk - oh, and he further compromises himself by getting romantically involved with her to boot.Carter, herself a product of the South, was eager to portray a character as complex as Ava - a strong woman who was not your stereotypical Southern belle. In our interview she explained some of the traditions that her family maintains and how important the idea of "kinship" is to these communities. She also gave us some hints that, although the relationship between Raylan and Ava seemed to have cooled a bit by the end of last season, there is a spark between them that still exists and very well might be revisited in season 2. We spoke with Carter on the last day of the Television Critics Association winter sessions at the Huntington Hotel in Pasadena in mid-January. In addition to FX's "Justified," you can also see Joelle Carter in the upcoming film, City Of Jerks, which is currently wrapping up production. The "Justified" season 2 premiere is this Wednesday, February 9, at 10pm on FX.

["Justified" was even discussed, let's reduce that to, briefly mentioned, on NPR's "Morning Edition" this morning.]

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We'll have an interview with series star, and executive producer, Timothy Olyphant, posted on Wednesday.