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June 10, 2012

NCIS' Pauley Perrette talks becoming Lois Lane in 'Superman vs The Elite'

DC Comics and Warner Bros video's "Superman vs The Elite" is coming to DVD June 12. The latest adventure with the Super Hero puts the Man of Steel up against some of his most lethal adversaries to date.
In "Superman vs The Elite," Superman's effectiveness as a super hero comes into question when a new group of super powerful crusaders, known as "The Elite," appear on the scene.  As super heroes, the Elite know no bounds, and are more than willing to kill, even on a massive scale, to stop villainy -- putting them on a collision course with the ever-ethical and decidedly non-lethal Man of Steel.

NCIS star Pauley Perrette lends her voice to Lois Lane in the movie, playing opposite George Newbern who reprises his role as Superman.

The all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives June 12, 2012 as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD will include an
UltraViolet™ Digital Copy. To order click here: Superman vs The Elite [Blu-ray]

Pauley sat down to chat about playing the most famous leading ladies ever. Check out the interview below:
SOE: Were you a Superman fan growing up?

Pauley:
 When I was little, I think that I wanted Superman to be my boyfriend. So this is the next best thing. I get to pretend to be Superman’s girlfriend. Although the older I’ve become, I’ve sort of decided that I would rather be Superman myself. So I’m trying (she snickers).  But even my first memory of a super hero was of Superman, because I had a crush on him. Well, it was on Clark Kent, Superman and Christopher Reeve, all rolled into one.

SOE: Did you have any of how you wanted to play Lois Lane before you started recording?

Pauley:
When you’re doing voice work, and I said it right when I came in the door, I said, ‘I’m very obedient, and I will take direction.” Because the people who have written this, and the ones who have been envisioning the animation in their head, they have such a specific concept on what they want, that it’s good for me to say, “Give it to me. Give me every piece of direction you want. I’ll do it 10 different ways. Whatever you want.” It’s their vision, and I want to achieve
that. If I get an idea while I’m doing a voice, I will offer it …“Hey, can we try this?” But it’s still up to them.

SOE: You studied sociology, psychology and criminal science in college. How have your studies prepared you as an actress.

Pauley:
I do think my background in sociology, psychology and criminal science has helped me as an actor because I spent years and a years and years studying human behavior as a science, and as an actor -- in approaching a role like Lois Lane or any character – it’s always fascinating to me to try to figure them out psychologically and sociologically. In many ways, acting is really like a science to me to figure out the human behavior of any character that I’m playing.
SOE: Lois Lane as an important role model for girls. Who were your role models as a kid?

Pauley:
Lois Lane is an inspirational character because she’s a smart and powerful woman. Even when she’s with Superman, she has no problem putting him in his place, and giving her opinion. It’s quite an honor to give voice to Lois Lane and be part of that legacy. My personal inspirations were a lot of the smart women throughout history, like Marie Curie and Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart. Those are the ones that really inspired me. And the love of my life, Abraham Lincoln.

SOE: You do a lot of charity work and volunteering. How important is that kind of work to you.  

Pauley:
 My life outside of work is pretty much about charities. I have a big passion about civil rights for everyone – whoever is being downtrodden at the moment, it doesn’t matter: racial discrimination or sexual orientation or gender. Whatever it is, I’m there. I think I was a born civil rights activist. I can’t stand the smashing of a community. It’s not fair and it’s not right. We’re supposed to be here for liberty and justice for all, right?

SOE: Are you a geek yourself?

Pauley:
My geekiness is in science and math. So if I had an ultimate geek role to play, I’d be a super scientist who was also a crime fighter. But on NCIS, I’m actually playing a crime-fighting super scientist right now, so maybe all my geeky dreams have come true!

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