Behind the Screens with Joshua Maloni
Jill Scott is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, a New York Times best-selling poet, a critically acclaimed actress ... and a giant "Fringe" fan.
The multi-talented performer guest stars in tonight's episode (9 p.m., FOX).
" 'Fringe' is one of my favorite television shows from its inception," she said. "I absolutely love all of the science fiction of it, the mystery of it, the science in it. The characters are wonderful and so rich. Walter, of course, is my absolute favorite, and I had met with pretty much every company, television broadcast company in America. I kept saying these are the kinds of shows that I want to be involved in. I just put the word out there and, of course, I asked for it. I believe in saying things out loud, and I had 'Fringe.' "
Scott stars as Simone, whom she calls "a quiet warrior."
"She's sort of an oracle of someone who can foresee the future," Scott explained. "There is an integral part of Olivia's quest, and Simone has direct knowledge of that, although I won't say knowledge, she has an intuition about how to help her on her quest."
Of all the "Fringe" characters, Scott most admires Walter (John Noble).
"I was waiting for that moment to work with him," she said. "Ever since I heard his line - he said something about he skeeted a little when he was in the backseat of a car and he peed on himself just a little out of excitement - I knew that this was a show that I wanted to be involved in."
Scott enjoyed her time on the "Fringe" set, but walked away with a few regrets.
"I did not get a chance to see (Noble) and I'm hoping to. I need the show to go a little longer just so that I can meet him."
In fact, "I wish it wasn't the final season. I'm really upset about that."
Plus, "I wish I wanted more powers. I mean to be able to see into the future is pretty incredible or to have an intuition about things like that is pretty awesome. But I definitely wish I had something growing out of me."