Lyndie Greenwood is a Canadian actress best known for her role as "Sonya" on The CW's "Nikita", which she starred on for three years. Though that was cancelled last year, Lyndie quickly rebounded with a recurring role on Fox's "Sleepy Hollow"; Lyndie plays "Jenny", the sister of police lieutenant Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie). Earlier this year, Lyndie received the good news that she'll be returning for the show's second season as a series regular.
Lyndie was kind enough to spare The Hottie Stop some time to talk about her sweet new gig, her Canadian heritage (so polite!) and her newfound appreciation for high-powered machine guns.
So tell me what an exciting time this is for you, having gone from one really popular TV show to another…
It's been great, especially since I only recently found out I've been bumped up to series regular on "Sleepy Hollow." That's very exciting. It's such a great show to work on, so I'm really happy to know I'll be there for at least another season. Yeah, things are crazy right now; I'm from Toronto but I'm in L.A. now, it makes me feel like I never really touch down in Toronto anymore. I haven't been home in a while.
As it's winter now, it might not be a bad thing.
I'm not missing the Polar Vortex, I don't mind avoiding that.
What was it like when you heard you were going to be a regular on Sleepy Hollow, that must have been incredible.
It was great. I heard people who work on the show tell me I'd have a bigger role, but I never like to count my chickens before they hatch. When it was official, I was pretty stoked.
Do you know what's going to happen to your character this season?
No, not really. (Laughs) They really like to keep you guessing. I'm excited to find out.
"Nikita" really put you on the map, so you still must have a lot of affection for that show.
Oh yeah, absolutely. When I was hired, it was only supposed to be for a few episodes, and people just loved Sonya and they kept her around. There had planned to kill her off at least a few times, but they just kept re-writing it and never killed her! (Laughs) That was a really great situation for me.
In an intense life-or-death situation, who would you prefer to be with, Nikita or Ichabod Crane?
That's a really tough question! It depends on the type of trouble. If it involved some kind of problem solving, I think I'd have to go with Ichabod. But if you had to kill a bunch of bad guys, maybe Nikita.
Maybe the real question is who is easier on the eyes.
(Laughs) They're both pretty easy on the eyes, but I think I'd have to go with Ichabod there.
These shows are kind of special because they're really geared toward hardcore fans, not just casual viewers. Have you had many interactions with the fan bases?
I'm so impressed with the fan base "Sleepy Hollow" has produced. I haven't really had personal interaction with them except over Twitter and Instagram and things like that. I'm super flattered. I've heard there's some intense fan fiction as well, but I haven't read any of it. I'm really excited to go to PaleyFest and actually meet some of the fans in person.
Are you prepared to achieve full-on Television Superstar status soon?
(Laughs) I don't know about that.
Do you ever Google yourself?
I have Googled myself. It's usually after an event or something like that so I can see the photos, because I'm always so scared they're just going to be awful and ruin my career. I don't always take good pictures, so it's always a possibility.
Did you know there's a "Lyndie Greenwood Network"?
Is there? What is that?
It's a Tumblr page devoted to you.
Awww, sweet. I'm going to have to check it out. Do they say nice things?
It's very nice, and not in a creepy way.
You've handled a few high-powered guns on TV, are you comfortable shooting off an automatic weapon?
You know, I am Canadian, so guns were kind of foreign to me, but I've really enjoyed working with them. The first time I worked with them was on "Nikita". Of course, on set you're not shooting with real bullets, but I have gone to the range to get some practice in and it's one of my new favorite pastimes.
Is it true that Canadians are the most polite people on Earth?
We are really polite, yes. It's actually pretty annoying. People are always laughing at me because I say I'm sorry too much.
As far as stereotypes go, that's not such a bad one.
That's true! There are worse.
I assume you eat poutine everyday.
I would eat poutine everyday if I could, but there's no poutine in L.A.! It makes me sad.
What do you do for fun when you're not working?
I love to hike and run. I love to read comics, and books in general. I study wine, and I love to drink. (Laughs) I binge-watch television. I think I watched 12 episodes of "The Walking Dead" the other day. Finally all caught up.
What's the first step to becoming a wine aficionado?
I worked in the service industry for a long time, so I learned a lot about wine that way. I actually studied at the International Sommelier Guild, and I'm hoping to complete that education one day, but I've been so busy.
If you were going to be in another TV series - total theoretical question! - which one would you pick and why?
Well, I already mentioned "The Walking Dead", that would be awesome. Though people get killed off so quickly! Maybe "The Good Wife", I love that show as well.
If you could act in a scene opposite any actor or actress, who would it be?
Oh, I'd love to work with Tilda Swinton. I think I would be very nervous about it, because I respect her so much, but I think I could learn a lot from her.
If you weren't acting, what do you think you'd be doing?
I'd love to own a vineyard in France.
Nice, and put out your own wine? What would it be called?
Oh, good question. I think it would depend on the type of grape.
Spoken like a true sommelier!
Yeah, it's a lot to think about. You'll have to come back to me on that one.
I definitely will. Thank you for your time!
You can follow Lyndie on Twitter right HERE. "Sleepy Hollow" returns this fall on Fox.