'24's' Mary Lynn Rajskub goes punk in 'Live Another Day'

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:47 PM ET

When we first see Chloe in 24: Live Another Day, she has, well, quite the punk look.

“I thought you were going to say, 'She's got some problems, some issues,'” said Mary Lynn Rajskub, who plays Chloe O'Brian. “She has gone through a lot and it is reflected in her dark look, and incredibly sharp rings, and stuff in my ears.”

Of course, given that 24: Live Another Day – which debuts Monday, May 5 on Fox and Global – is set in London, England, Chloe's attire could be considered an homage to 1970s bands such as the Sex Pistols and the Clash, too.

“Oh yeah, for sure, it's not a new look, but what I realized when we were coming up with it is that there's a whole genre of people who go in that direction, for different reasons,” Rajskub said. “With Chloe it kind of made sense when you put it all together.

“We tried different versions of it and that's the one that stuck. We had lots of really fun hair, makeup and wardrobe consulting before we started shooting. There was the dreadlocks Chloe, the platinum blonde Chloe.”

What the hell is this, Orphan Black?

Anyway, it has been four years since 24 wrapped up as a yearly series. The thinking in 2010 was that lead character Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), his trusted ally Chloe and whoever else survived would be coming to a movie theatre near you. But that never happened, and 24 is returning to TV in a new setting and with a tighter format (12 hours instead of the standard 24 hours that gave the series its hook and its name).

When Rajskub was asked if there was a point when she thought she never would play Chloe again, she responded, “Oh yeah, I had completely moved past it. But I will say that my Twitter followers, a good portion of them, have never let it go.

“I had started doing standup comedy (as well as many appearances on various TV shows, both sitcoms and dramas). My roots are in comedy. I was travelling around the country performing in comedy clubs when I heard that 24 was coming back. So let me do a 180 here.”

What might have made that transition a tad easier is four years have passed in the world of 24, too. Chloe and Jack understandably aren't exactly the same people they were when we left them.

“When Chloe and Jack encounter each other for the first time, there is, I don't know if I'd say hatred, but something like it,” Rajskub said. “We definitely are interlinked, but it's complicated.”

Hey, 24 always has been complicated. But for Mary Lynn Rajskub's punk-attired Chloe O'Brian, this truly is anarchy in the U.K.

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