Diane Kruger promises 'The Bridge' season 2 will be even darker

Diane Kruger of

Diane Kruger of "The Bridge."

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:40 PM ET

Smooth is not the groove for Diane Kruger of The Bridge.

Playing an El Paso, Texas, police detective who has Asperger syndrome, Kruger is determined to make the character as real as possible, even if that leads to some awkward moments for both viewers and crew.

“I find myself being very protective of (Sonya Cross, Kruger's character) because I think it’s natural for the directors or even for people who observe a scene while it’s being filmed to want something that is a little safer, let’s say,” said Kruger, whose series returns for its second season, Wednesday, July 9, on FX Canada.

“For example, we did a scene where somebody dies, you know, it’s a very teary-eyed scene. Then somebody touches my character on the shoulder, and in that moment, as you know, if (someone who has Asperger's) feels out of control or helpless, they really can overreact. One of the notes that I got from my Asperger’s adviser was that Sonya would completely overreact in this situation and probably scream at this person, so I did the scene and it was quite extreme.

“A writer who was on set that day was like, 'Well, maybe we should do one where she’s not so angry.' And I kept saying, 'No, no, we have to have it this way.' So I find myself really trying to protect the integrity, even though I know it’s going to make people uncomfortable, but we’re just going to have to be okay with that.”

The Bridge is a crime thriller starring Kruger and Demian Bichir, who plays a police detective on the Mexican side of the border named Marco Ruiz. The first season saw a specific crime bring Sonya and Marco together, for better and for worse. Season two expands the landscape, focusing less on a singular story line and more on the shady world that exists where the U.S. and Mexico meet.

“I think it’s a very different show in many ways,” said Kruger, comparing the first and second seasons of The Bridge. “We don’t really have a classic serial-killer story line. We were following the original Scandinavian show in season one, and now we’re completely on our own and have our own stories.

“(Executive producer) Meredith Stiehm went back to Homeland, and it’s just Elwood Reid as the main voice of the show, and his vision is darker for sure, but also more complex.”

Season two is darker? Good lord, season one was pretty damn dark.

“Without giving too much away, (the relationship between Sonya and Marco) gets tested a bit,” said Kruger, a native of Germany. “Sonya has reason to believe that Marco is compromised and she distrusts him quite a bit, and there’s a big fallout over whether or not she believes that he has taken too many steps into that darkness, into that grey zone where she learns about his dealings with the bad guys, basically.

“There’s a lot of personal hardship for Sonya. Some great joys in the beginning of the season, and then, it’s pretty dark for her. Yet at the same time, it’s a great year, a season of personal maturity. She's starting to realize that things are not quite as black and white and sometimes you have to sort of make a concession, which has been, for Sonya, completely unimaginable.”

Previously a well-known movie actress, The Bridge has been Kruger's first foray into series TV as a full-time cast member.

“I’m not sure that this kind of character would’ve been offered to me in a movie, because people with Asperger’s are not necessarily the lead in a film,” Kruger said. “They’re often sort of used as comic relief or they’d be the odd guy that shows up every once in a while.

“My character is so obsessed with dead people, I think she gets along better with dead people than she does living creatures.”

So Diane Kruger's character in The Bridge sees dead people? Oh wait, wrong story, never mind.

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