When Gloria Reuben first became a TV star, then on ER as physician assistant Jeanie Boulet,
she famously left the series after six seasons to sing backup vocals for Tina
Turner on the Twenty Four Seven Tour. In the 15 years since, the actress
has become a reliable supporting player onscreen, with notable roles on Law & Order: SVU -- which also sees
Anthony Edwards reuniting with Mariska Hargitay this season -- and Falling Skies as well playing Elizabeth
Keckley in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
Most recently, she’s found herself in a recurring role as psychiatrist
Krista Gordon on creator Sam Esmail’s USA series, Mr. Robot, which has garnered as much attention for its shocking
twists as it has for the formidable acting of its cast, including the renaissance
of Christian Slater and an Emmy win for breakout Rami Malek.
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“The pilot was pretty intense,” Reuben recalls to ET, “and
it was unlike anything I ever read before.” That first episode sees the show’s protagonist,
Elliot, ranting about societal economic problems in an imagined monologue to
his therapist, who is “having a difficult time getting underneath the skin of
this young man who is obviously guarded, very smart and very sensitive,” she
says. Later, Elliot shows off his hacking skills by focusing his attention on Krista’s boyfriend, discovering that he’s secretly married and has a wife in
the suburbs, and eventually forcing him to break up with Krista.
“For me, it was the relationship between Elliot and Krista
and what was happening there,” Reuben says of her interest in the show. “Obviously,
the bigger story was with Elliot but I thought it was fascinating and nothing
I had seen on screen until this time.”