How Claudia Ferri landed her role on Rogue

Apr 2, 2013 at 8:42 a.m. ET

Claudia Ferri had one exceptionally bad day work out pretty well for her!

Rogue's Claudia FerriRogue's Claudia Ferri still remembers the day she auditioned for the role of Hernandez.

"That day was not a good day. I was upset," she recently told SheKnows from the Rogue premiere's red carpet.

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Whether she purposely meant to channel that anger or not didn't matter. It came shining through during her audition.

"To put it mildly, there was a line where I said, 'Don't [ahem] lie to me.' And it just came out so... from me," she said. "From the soles of my feet right out of my mouth... It made an impact. They really liked that."

That bad day clearly worked out to her advantage, even more so than you might initially recognize, too. As it turns out, Hernandez was originally written as a role for a man.

Ferri's awful day didn't just land her any old role on DIRECTV's Rogue, but it scored her a part meant for a man. The show's writers had to go back and completely rewrite the script to work around the fact that Claudia (and now Hernandez) was a woman. Because everything happened so quickly, it was a process that was ongoing throughout the filming of Rogue's 10 episodes.

Things that had to be rewritten? Well, a woman and a man handle authority and power in different ways. And what about physical things?

"If the role is written for a man and walks into the bathroom and shoves the guy against the wall...," Claudia explained. "So we rewrote certain things."

Sounds like a lot of work, but a lot of fun! Hopefully whatever started off Claudia's bad day was quickly resolved. But thank goodness that bad mood helped her land the role. We can't wait for Rogue to start so we can see just what's in store for her character, Hernandez, as well as the main character, Grace (Thandie Newton).

Rogue premieres on April 3 at 9/8c on DIRECTV's Audience.

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