Last week’s episode of ABC’s drama “Quantico” finally revealed who among the class of young FBI recruits was behind the show’s multiple ter...
‘Quantico’ Star Yasmine Al Massri Talks ‘Heartbreaking’ Season Finale, Last Week’s Big Reveal
“We had to live with the possibility of literally each one of us being the Voice,” Al Massri told TheWrap, referring to a phone call recorded with the presumed terrorist. “Every time we did ADR [post-production dialog recording], they asked all of us to read the lines for the Voice. I can’t tell you how scary that is.”
Every episode of the ABC drama’s first season – which ends Sunday – put a new character through the ringer, raising suspicion that they could be the one behind the terrorist attacks. For Al Massri, who stars as twins Nimah and Raina Amin on the series, every day of shooting the 22-episode first season was like playing “Russian roulette,” with each episode aiming the gun at a different one of her cast mates.
The actress said the revelation at the end of last week’s episode that Liam (Josh Hopkins) was the terrorist was a disappointing thing for the cast and crew. “To say goodbye to one of our family was the hardest thing about it,” she said.
Read the full interview below, in which Al Massri talks playing two characters, representing Muslim women on screen, and teases what’s coming in Sunday’s finale.
TheWrap: What was your reaction to Liam being the terrorist?
Al Massri: We’ve been playing Russian roulette with that since the first episode. Literally every episode was like pointing the gun at everyone’s head. Since we had the chance to shoot 22 episodes, We had to live with the possibility of literally each one of us being the Voice. Every time we did ADR, they asked all of us to read the lines for the Voice. I can’t tell you how scary that is. How much pressure and how much tension. Every week we had to be reminded it was one of us. … So knowing that it was Josh was not the shocking thing creatively, it was a total relief. But it was heartbreaking, disappointing. Because we grew to be a family. To say goodbye to one of our family was the hardest thing about it.
In last week’s episode, Raina makes the decision not to leave the FBI. Can you explain what was going through her mind at that point, why she changed her mind?
Raina, at the beginning, she didn’t want to go to the FBI. That was Nimah’s idea. But she went because she loves her sister very much. And she knew that Nimah wouldn’t be able to go and realize her dreams if not for the fact that they were twins. I think Raina grew up to discover what she’s capable of. She realized she could be one of those heroes that can save the United States of America. I think that’s what happened with Raina. … When she confided in Ryan about her fears and he asked if she talked to Nimah, she said she couldn’t because Nimah denies her fears. So Ryan told Raina to find someone she could trust, and she went to Simon. He opened the door for her, allowing her to choose. I think that’s the best thing that happened in last week’s episode. Raina realized she’s not a victim. She can choose. I think the moment she felt she had a choice, she realized she did not want to leave before it was over.