Mireille Enos has declared she wasn't worried about stepping into the lead role in the US remake of The Killing.
The slow-burning Danish police thriller became an unexpected, word-of-mouth hit but Mireille, who takes over from Danish actress Sofie Grabol as homicide detective Sarah Linden (Sarah Lund in the original), said she was not daunted by the role.
She said: "Why be worried? I had no control over it. We could only do the best possible job creating it. Some of our US audience would have been familiar with it but most wouldn't, so in some way it was something new."
She decided not to watch the original series ("I wanted to keep it out of my mind from the ground up") and, luckily, had already earned her stripes as an actress, having won plaudits in America for playing twins Jodeen and Kathy Marquart in Mormon drama Big Love, which aired on HBO.
"Big Love was by far the biggest role I'd had. Before that I'd done a couple of guest star roles in series. The Big Love women were so wonderful it was my playground for learning how I worked in front of a camera. It definitely built my comfort level with film work and segued into this role beautifully," said the 35-year-old.
:: The Killing begins on Thursday, July 7 on Channel 4.