WILMINGTON, NC. It's nearly half-way through production on the second season of FOX's "Sleepy Hollow" and Katia Winter is getting to scratch an itch.
Let's pretend that I'm being metaphorical and talking about the expanded opportunities for Winter's Katrina, who spent the first "Sleepy Hollow" as more of a recurring plot device than a recurring character. She'd show up in expositional flashbacks or she'd pop up to help cut a narrative corner through witchcraft, but it was hard to get a feeling for Katrina as a person, much less for Katrina and Ichabod as a couple.
Perhaps that's why a large segment of the "Sleepy Hollow" fandom was able to ignore that when they shipped IchAbbie, one of the principals was a man who was, at least ostensibly, happily married.
Through the two episodes that have aired, we've already gotten more of Katrina as a human character than we got all of last season and the contemporary scene with Katrina and Ichabod last week was new for the show.
So let's say I'm being metaphorical.
No, it's a steamy day in late August in North Carolina and the itch that Winter is scratching is very literal. She was out shooting in the woods the night before and, as seems to happen simply as a matter of course in such circumstances, she was eaten alive by unidentified insects. So as we sit talking about Katrina's expanded Season 2 role, Winter is going through a cycle of scratching and apologizing.
As you might guess, skin irritations aside, Winter is happy to find herself with a regular TV role this season, as well as a character she can sink her teeth into, like a chigger sinking its teeth into a Swedish actress in the forest. In our conversation, she discusses the tensions between Katrina and Ichabod, as well as Katrina's feelings for her Moloch-affiliated son.
And we talked about the bugs and humidity. It was hard not to...
Click through for the full Q&A... And catch a new "Sleepy Hollow" tonight at 9 p.m. on FOX.