TORONTO - Jaimie Alexander begins her work day by stripping and then getting completely covered in temporary tattoos.
The star of NBC/CTV's new conspiracy thriller "Blindspot" proudly declares that the head-to-toe ink that covers her mysterious character is not fake.
"When I first sat down with the showrunner and the producers and (executive producer) Greg Berlanti, I said, 'Look, if you're going to do this please don't cut corners, let's not CGI, let's not do a body stocking —let's really make this artistic and amazing and just go for it," Alexander said during a stop in Toronto to promote the series in June.
"And they did."
Alexander said her skin art is a mix of medical adhesive and actual ink, and it really is applied everywhere — in a process that takes seven-and-a-half hours.
The "Thor" actress stars as Jane Doe, a heavily tattooed woman who emerges naked from a duffel bag left in Times Square. She has no memory of how she landed there, how she got her tattoos, or any details of her past.
But the marks on her body point to a puzzle that needs solving, and the biggest clue is the name of an FBI agent, Kurt Weller, played by Sullivan Stapleton. Jane also exhibits some very curious talents — for fighting and languages, especially — and the mystery deepens.
"I wasn't really told too much about the character ahead of time, which in a way was intimidating at first, but then as I went through and started filming the pilot I thought this is actually a gift because I can create her with the writer, with the director as I go," said Alexander, known for playing Lady Sif in the "Thor" franchise.
"And there are no rules, there's no limitations, I can just go for it."
Much has been made of a slew of female-focused series hitting the small screen these days, among them "Quantico," "Supergirl," "Marvel's Jessica Jones," and "Agent Carter."
Alexander said the folks behind "Blindspot" are working hard to offer up a strong female character, even if she might be disrobing from time to time.
"It's so cool as an actress, as a female, to get a role like this that's very Jason Bourne, which you don't see for females very often. But also have a creative say in what's going to be happening," she said.
"I prayed that this was the right choice for me in my career to move onto next. I've spent a long time away from television — I've done bits and bobs here and there but I've mainly stuck to film — and when I got this script I said, 'I don't care what it is, it could be a commercial, I'm doing it because this is a role of a lifetime for me.'"
"Blindspot" debuts Monday.