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We hear you’ve been doing tons of fight scenes and weapons training. If a crazy KITT lover attacks you in a dark alley, how will you defend yourself?

My character is known for her kicks and excellent marksmanship. If the attacker is far away, I’ll shoot him down, and if he’s close, I’ll kick him to the ground. In other words, she’s not just the good-looking girl in the corner who cries and doesn’t know how to defend herself. I’m gonna pick a fight with the boys. I’ve been learning a mix of everything from karate to kick boxing to doble olisi.

For all the Knight Rider fans out there, how can you assure them you guys aren’t butchering the franchise?
The most important part of Knight Rider was the car, and we’re putting it on the highest pedestal we can—honoring it as this incredible machine. Nowadays, everybody has a talking car, with GPS systems and OnStar, but this KITT is on a whole new level. For example, he’s able to morph from a truck bed back into a Mustang.

Deanna Russo -- Sept 2008 -- Image 1

Deanna Russo -- Sept 2008 -- Image 2

Deanna Russo -- Sept 2008 -- Image 3

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