Interview Toks Olagundoye


She does her own stunts. Well, mostly. "My stunt double is lovely, lovely, but she doesn't have to do much," notes Toks in crisp English burnished with a Nigerian accent. "She's done a couple of things I would have broken my neck doing, but just the basic fight stuff -- that's kind of fun. I've gotten really, really banged up. It's a rewarding feeling as long as nothing is broken, you know."

She adds that Hayley "is feisty. She's a feisty girl; she's not scared of a little hand-to-hand combat. I've done stage combat and ballet. I was never a dancer but I did study dance for many years, choreography and everything."

She is also very much aware of the "Castle" fans and their feelings about the series. "I'm not really concerned about anyone liking me or disliking me, but about making sure the fans are still able to enjoy the show they love. I don't want to be a source of contention for anyone," she says.

Interestingly, Toks has only seen about three episodes of "Castle" that she viewed when an actress pal had a recurring role. She deliberately did not binge-watch seasons past.

"My first instinct was to go back and watch everything they'd done, and then I thought, 'No.' If it had been a character who had known them throughout their lives before I would have done it, but Hayley is completely new to their world. After the experience of working with everybody I'm really itching to watch it, but I don't want anything to influence my reaction to any of the characters. I want it to be new and fresh for Hayley. I'm going to wait until I think halfway through the season before I start watching."

Helping to ease the pressure: "Everybody has been so nice -- all of the cast, the background actors, the producers -- everyone made a point of welcoming me. They're lovely. I never thought I would be as lucky as I was with 'Neighbors' again, but now here I am doing this."

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