The Bridge Red Carpet: Diane Kruger’s Sheer Dream

9 Jul

New FX drama The Bridge debuts tomorrow night (July 10) and Diane Kruger looks stunning on the red carpet in LA yesterday in a sheer green, black and grey Jonathan Saunders gown (accompanied by the always wonderful Joshua Jackson – someone give him a show please).

Diane Kruger The Bridge Premiere

Kruger is playing Detective Sonya Cross, a member of the El Paso Police Department and she has to team up with Marco Ruiz (played by Demián Bichir), a Mexican officer after a body is found on either side of the border. The Bridge is an adaptation of Broen; a Danish/Swedish venture and one of my favorite shows of last year with Saga Noren (the Sonya Cross of Broen) following in the footsteps of the female leads of Borgen and Forbrydelsen as they are some of the best written and most interesting female characters on TV. So while I will try to spare you from too many comparisons between the two and despite having been burnt before with an adaptation of a Scandinavian project, I am cautiously optimistic for this version. Kruger’s character Cross has Asperger’s syndrome (this isn’t explicitly labelled in either Broen or The Bridge but it is clear that Saga and Sonya are on the spectrum) and this is one of the many challenges that will complicate her relationship with Ruiz.

Recently Diane Kruger spoke about her decision to do this TV project saying “From Mad Men, to Homeland, to Robin Wright in House of Cards, those female parts are so well-written and unafraid. It seems to me that they thrive and the audiences are looking for characters like that. It’s very exciting for women in general. I’ve never been offered an in-depth character like this in movies.” One of the benefits of TV is that you have a much longer period to develop a character versus the two and a half hours or so that you have to do it on film, so it’s not surprising that Kruger gives this as a reason. It also helps that TV is no longer seen as a step back and there are so many exciting and interesting roles on TV that appeal to those who have mostly stuck to film acting (Kruger does have an uncredited appearance in an episode of Fringe).

Are you looking forward to The Bridge?

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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