Let’s address one thing right away, Sleepy Hollow enthusiasts: Maya Kazan is very aware that you’d rather watch Ichabod catalogue the archives in real time than spend an evening courting Miss Zoe Corinth.
“I have definitely noticed that the fans of Sleepy Hollow are gung-ho in a way that fans of any other project I’ve worked on have not been: intense in their love of these characters and also, therefore, in their dislike of me,” she tells TVLine, laughing.
And Kazan, whom you may recognize from roles on The Knick and The Mindy Project and who brings her history-minded alter ego back in Friday’s episode (Fox, 8/7c), says she can’t even blame them.
“I totally understand people ‘shipping that Abbie/Crane romance. It has been a little strange to be the other woman, because Zoe has the best intentions for Crane, and she seems like a pretty sweet girl to me.” She laughs again. “But let no one stand in the way!”
Read on for more intel on the hour, straight from Miss Corinth herself.
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TVLINE | As an actress, how do you reconcile that Zoe’s totally OK with the weird way Ichabod talks and dresses?
She doesn’t know anything about his situation, and his true inner life is so different from a modern-day person. But she just thinks he’s a little eccentric, and there’s something appealing about his old-fashioned charm. He really is very chivalrous and treats her with so much respect. Modern dating culture is not that polite. She’s willing to let go some of these more oddball things… because he’s so nice to her. It’s very different from the way people act on Tinder.
TVLINE | The synopsis of this episode mentions that “Crane finds that his romantic encounters with Zoe may have caused long-lasting trouble.” What can you tell us about that?
Because Ichabod has not been able to be honest with Zoe — in my experience, secrets do not lead to a very healthy relationship. There’s some tension between the two of them as a result of him not being able to be completely honest with her. She’s on the outs with him because he can’t tell her what’s going on with him. That doesn’t bode well for a very happy and healthy dynamic.
TVLINE | You and Tom Mison seem to have fun on screen. You hadn’t worked together before, right?
I didn’t know him before. We had some friends in common. I just love him. He is a wonderful actor. I think he’s so talented and just one of the nicest people in my acquaintance. Fans of the show fall in love with Crane because he’s such a delightful and charming person, and that’s absolutely true of Tom, as well.