When "Human Target" returns for its second season on Fox, Christopher Chance and the gang will take aim at some new recruits. Up first on the docket is multi-millionaire philanthropist Ilsa Pucci, who first comes into contact with Chance as a client requiring his services before recognizing the value in his operation and consequently deciding to bankroll his future endeavors.
But even Pucci's powerful presence allows room for another feminine presence. Enter Janet Montgomery, who joins Indira Varma as the second new series regular on "Human Target." The British actress plays Ames, a master thief who decides to lend her considerable skill set to Chance's team - but only after they catch her in the midst of a high-level theft.
"She's one of the best thieves [in the world] and she gets caught, unfortunately. I think it's one of the first times she's been caught and isn't able to talk her way out of [it]," Montgomery told CBR News of her character's introduction. "She knows who Guerrero [played by Jackie Earle Haley] is, and she knows his reputation, and I think she's genuinely shit scared - until she realizes that she has a lot of respect for this guy and what they're doing. She thinks that maybe this is something she could be involved with. 'I think they need me,' is what she's thinking, and I think they agree with her."
Montgomery said Chance's willingness to accept Ames as part of his operation owes a lot to the fact that he sees himself in the young thief. "If you could see Chance and Guerrero when they were younger, she's like them," she said. "I think that's why, although she can be bloody annoying, she's endearing. They've been there. She's so skilled and so smart that they can't ignore that she's something special."
Among the character's various skill set is her obvious sex appeal, though Montgomery said she's fighting against having Ames rely too heavily on her powers of seduction. "In some moments, it's needed and it's good," she said. "But for me, what's more interesting, is that she can be one of the guys and achieve the same things they can, but maybe in different ways. I think it's more about her just being this chameleon who can become anyone. Because she can do that, and do it on the turn of the hat, most people in the situation think that she must know what they're doing - that's how she gets in places. Sometimes she uses sex appeal, I'm not going to lie, but I don't want it to be every time. I think the writers agree with me on that. It's not about her being very sexy - she's just badass."
"It's like Angelina Jolie, who can take a role that's written for a guy and just play it," she continued. "She's one of the only people who can do that. She can also do the sexy thing - let's be honest, she's one of the sexiest people on the planet. I'm not trying to be Angelina Jolie, because I probably won't succeed, but what I love about Ames and what makes her so enjoyable to play is that she's an obscure shape with all of these different sides I can explore. All of these characters she becomes, because she's so perceptive of other people around her, she just knows how to play every situation to her advantage."