Reiko originally auditioned for the parts of Nina Myers on Season 1, and Kate Warner on Season 2.However, after losing to Sarah Clarke and Sarah Wynter respectively, the producers asked her to play Michelle Dessler.
Among them was Leslie Hope, who played Jack’s first wife Terri Bauer until her apparent death in series one, and Carlos Bernard, who was Jack’s confidant Tony Almeida before seemingly being shot and betrayed by his former partner in the seventh series.
So now it’s an established brand and you’ve been picked up for a third season already. Well, I just felt lucky to be cast, because I already knew it was a good show. For Nina, they told me about her history with Jack and that she worked in his office. And for Kate, they told me that I was this tough lawyer — a lot tougher than Sarah Wynter plays her. Sometimes my editor and I get these angry emails from viewers who read my recaps. [laughs] I guess ultimately they didn’t want to miss out on some lesbo action.
I actually hate talking about this, but I tested for Nina originally, so when I read the pilot, I didn’t exactly know where it was going to go or if it was going to be picked up. I think they basically picked a bunch of people they wanted to work with, and then the writers more or less wrote for the actors. [laughs] We told him [Val Lauren] that there was an entire thread on him. They are so over-identified with the show, they truly believe that my recaps are a personal attack on them.
Sutherland was also reunited with Kim Raver, who played Jack’s kidnapped lover Audrey Raines until, at the end of the sixth series, Jack is forced to abadonon his quest to rescue her.
Sarah Clarke, who played Nina Myers, the Number 2 of the LA Counter Terrorism Unit until apparently being shot dead by Jack at the end of series three, was also there.