Taryn Manning returns to series TV for the first time, excepting a few one shot guest appearances, since the short-lived Get Real. Drive adds the feisty young starlet to its ensemble of fast and furious drivers. After years on movie sets, it was time for Manning to return home.
Manning Takes a Drive to Television
"Basically, I bought a home in LA," she said. "I'm always out of town. I'm never in time and I'm just happy to work in town and furnish my house. I'm kind of turning into an old lady. I just want a normal job, I want to work from my house."
Like her movie roles, Drive offers Manning a complex enough character to hold her interest for the long term. "I play Ivy and she's basically this girl, she's sort of a drifter and she's a struggling musician and she wants to go on the race to win the money and that's about it."
That's a mouthful, and it only looks to deepen as Manning plays her. "Just her singing career, just like the fact that she's willing to do whatever it takes to win the race and she gets to do all kinds of fun stuff. She has all kinds of levels of emotion. It's just going to be exciting."
Don't worry, the singing won't be behind the wheel. "They're not always going to be in the car."
Though the show is full of car chases and wrecks, it's hardly like the big budget movie equivalent. "It definitely feels like TV. TV's definitely like a whole nother pace, quicker takes. With film you kind of have to get in your mode and really prepare and the producers and directors respect that. With TV, it's sort of like 'Action!' Oh, all right."
Like most women, Manning appreciates good fast cars. "Yes, I love fast cars. I have a Crossfire. You know the Chrysler Crossfire? It's awesome. It's like an American car that Mercedes makes, goes really fast. That's what I have. I love fast cars. It's definitely more of a guy thing but I know I'm a passenger a lot of the time."