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Serinda Swan gives us a sneak peek of what's in store this season on 'Graceland'

With Paige and Mike’s new romance blooming and Paige’s determination to find out what is happening to those “tinker bells,” we’re seeing a lot more of Paige Arkin in season 2 of Graceland. Serinda Swan gave us the inside scoop on season 2, and talked about her charity work to combat human trafficking in Cambodia.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: First things first: Paige and Mike. They’re definitely together this season, but it’s still very new. Is it a fling? Something more?

SERINDA SWAN: We’re figuring that out as we go. Definitely the sparks were there in the first season, but in episode 2 of the second season, Paige is like “Shabam! Let’s do this.” I remember reading the script going, Oh, she walks by in a towel—a little suspect. She walks into her room and doesn’t close the door, a little more suspect … and the towel is on the floor.

I read it and was excited for Paige, but then I was like, Wait that’s me. I have to do that. And then my hands went all sweaty. When I had to do the first kissing scene with Aaron, I was super-nervous. I haven’t had to do that many kissing scenes. It’s different when I’m in power as me—I’m like, “This is the moment, I want to kiss you.” But when it’s on camera, it’s an action. You have to kiss him now and at this angle because the lighting is coming from there and there are 45 other people in the room. It’s the weirdest thing ever.

Aaron said he wasn’t nervous. He just seemed like a pro. There’s a certain safety aspect with our job when everyone is being very professional. It’s something that is very specific to our job and awkward and bizarre.

We keep joking that [the towel dropping] was my sweaty hand moment, and there are many more sweaty hand moments to come in season 2. It wouldn’t be Graceland and it wouldn’t be Jeff Eastin without a little conflict and some twists and turns. There’s definitely a road ahead for Paige and Mike, and it could be smooth sailing or it could be the bumpiest road ever.

One of the things that could potentially cause trouble for Mike and Paige is Jessica back in D.C. Every time you flirt even a little bit, Jessica somehow winds up on the phone. Is Paige going to find out about Jessica? Does she already know?
Paige is fast. She’s an undercover agent, so she’s very good at reading people. I think you can see that in the second episode: When Paige tackles the guy, she loves it. She’s always in the moment. That’s her thing, so we see a bit of flirting, there are some sparks, and then she’s like, Boom, here’s my ass. I think she’s aware of something going on. She’d be stupid not to be. Any girl is curious when the guy you’ve been interested in moves away for six months. You’re like, “What’s up? what’s happening over there?” But they don’t have that line of communication open yet. She’s just testing the waters.

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You mentioned Paige jumping out the window to tackle that big guy in episode 2. That was amazing! Do you do your own stunts?
Oh, I’m glad you liked it. Yeah, I do all of my own stunts.

Had you done stunt work before?
On Breakout Kings, I did almost all of my own stunt work. There was only one that I couldn’t do, which was running and jumping onto a moving truck. Insurance wouldn’t clear me for it, so they had someone jump on the truck while it was moving. Then they cut and hung me off the side of the truck and I had to get up on my own.

They couldn’t harness me for it, so they had a stuntman lying in the truck holding onto my ankle as I hung over the bed of the truck backward. All the producers and the director were freaking out because I wasn’t supposed to go that far over and I said, Just wait—I’m going to make it look awesome. Since then I got the bug for it. I really enjoy doing my own stunts, and this season, you get to see a lot more stunts from Paige. A lot.

In episode 4, we just got into the human trafficking aspect of the season. Can you talk a little bit about your charity work and how the human trafficking plot came to fruition?
Absolutely. About three years ago, I watched a documentary on sex trafficking. It was something that I turned on to help me fall asleep. It wasn’t something that I knew much about, but I thought it’s an interesting topic and not something that is going to be too stimulating for me.

Four hours later, an hour-and-a-half walk around the block in -30 degrees balling my eyes out, I come back to my apartment and start searching for flights to Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand. I ended up heading to Southeast Asia and knocking on doors and asking what was going on. How did I not know about the second-largest criminal crisis in the world, and how did I not know that it was affecting girls my age and much much much younger? Girls who haven’t made any wrong decisions. The only thing that happened was that they were born in a certain location.

In Southeast Asia and specifically Cambodia, one in four women are trafficked. It’s huge: 1.2 million women and children get trafficked every year. After hearing all of this information, I sat down and decided on a few plans of action. One was a charity skydive that we do every year called 18 for 18, which is raising $18,000 by jumping 18,000 feet. We raised $18,000 our first year, and now we’re up to about $100,000. It’s going really well and we have amazing celebrities who are involved. People jump for us in Australia, New York, L.A., Vancouver, and we raise about $100,000 in 12 days.

It’s amazing to think that a little documentary that I watched three years ago was able to put the seed of action in me that turned into this movement. It’s not world-changing, but it’s my world changing, and hopefully somebody else’s world will change because of it. We have another skydive coming up this year, and then we do a cycle across Cambodia.

How this plot came into the show was that I talked to [creator] Jeff Eastin and the writers and said, “I really care about this. I think this is something we could wrap up in entertainment and I think the audience would really love this and find it interesting.” We have a really intelligent audience and I feel that they want the same opportunity that I was given to know about the issues of the world.

When I heard the pitch for season 2, I was so excited to see what happens. Paige’s story is directly entwined with this human trafficking ring. I felt like the voice that I promised these girls from Cambodia was given a much bigger platform because of the writers and because of Jeff. And for that I am insurmountably grateful to him. It’s so cool.

Everyone else seems to breaks the rules all the time, but Paige is very by-the-book about her work. Will we get to see Paige break lose and bend the rules a little more?
I think she takes her job seriously because of her heart. She cares about what she does, but she’s not uptight. There’s also a difference between her and Mike, because Mike takes his job really seriously too, and as he starts to break the rules this season, you see it kind of as a naughty kid breaking the rules. Paige’s gray area is a little bigger than Mike’s, but she does have a strong grasp on what’s black and what’s white.

They really wrote for Paige this season. They’re really giving her a voice, and as we said, it’s amazing to have the human trafficking storyline come up in the show. A lot of the housemates break rules because they want something so badly. You haven’t seen Paige break the rules yet because you haven’t seen her passion yet. You haven’t seen her in action, so this year you really get to see her take care of business.

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As a DEA agent, is it hard for Paige to transition into this environment where she’s not dealing with drugs, she’s dealing with people?
Because human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world, DEA agents are very well versed in the situation, and the worlds often collide. As a DEA agent, they are briefed on human trafficking and know what to look for and know what the signs are for drug mules, because the two go hand in hand. It’s something that Paige is very aware of, but hasn’t faced. So while the intelligence on the situation is there, her heart isn’t ready for what she’s about to encounter when the issue suddenly has a face, and she makes promises to that face that she may or may not be able to keep. So it’s something that DEA agents definitely know about, but she can’t believe that it’s happening right in her backyard.

All of the characters on Graceland are rather tragically flawed. What do you think Paige’s biggest flaw is?
I think her heart. In a beautiful way, because she really cares. She’s cool as a cucumber, but she really cares. Look at her story with Mike. She really is trying in the first season. She knows who she is and is fine without him, but is also really interested to see what she’s like with him. She’s very centered, she’s very driven, but this thing with Mike has gotten her a little off-kilter and that’s because of her heart. She has to be careful with who she allows to affect her and who she lets into her heart. As you’ve seen with Mike and with a few other characters this season, if she cares about you, be careful of the mama bear because it’s coming out.

OK, now for some fun questions!
Do it!

If Paige wasn’t an undercover agent, what do you think she’d be doing?
Such a good question! First off, I was thinking she would be amazing on a safari, like an animal rescuer or something with a crocodile. But she also likes fashion, so she’s a little metropolitan. She has to have some sort of duality, an alter ego, where she’s an animal rescuer/MMA fighter and there’s something a little more girly about her too. Maybe a Costa Rican surf bum. That’s her other side, where she’s just going to go have an organic farm in the middle of nowhere and have a three-legged dog and surf all day.

If Paige had any free time, what would her favorite TV show be?
Graceland. No, I feel like she would do a lot of home renovation shows. I think she’s crafty like that. She’d also have some shocking secret shows, like she’d watch the Housewives of something or other and then hate herself for it. She’d have a mix. She’d be responsible and watch the news, but also House Hunters International. Charlie would be the Food Network. Mike would watch stocks or something boring.

What’s on Paige’s iPod when she goes running?
She does the classics, some old-school Linkin Park and Jay Z. Linkin Park’s “Bleed it Out” when she’s angry-running. She’d have happy music too—maybe Pharrell’s Happy.

Last question—the same one we asked Vanessa Ferlito about Charlie. Who’s the better actor: Paige Arkin or Serinda Swan?
Well, Serinda Swan acts as Paige Arkin, so I’d have to say Serinda Swan. Yeah. Paige is pretty good, though. This season she had a Russian accent; in the webisodes she has an English accent; last season she had to sing in Korean. Paige had to tackle a 6’7” dude who weighed 300 pounds. She had to get her ass slapped by a guy in cornrows and pretend to like it. Wait, I’m changing my answer. Paige is a way better actor than me, because I would have decked that guy. Serinda would have taken him out.

Graceland airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on USA.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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