*She hunted down bad guys as an international spy on NBC’s ill-fated “Undercovers.” On Wednesday, actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw takes it down a notch as a social worker assigned to evaluate a young boy and his father as they hunt down bad guys in Fox’s new drama “Touch.”
Mbatha-Raw’s Clea Hopkins must evaluate the domestic situation of an autistic 11-year-old boy named Jake (David Mazouz) and his father, Martin (Kiefer Sutherland). Jake, by the way, does not speak. He prefers to communicate through complex numeric computations – and as his dad finds out in the pilot, he uses those numbers to reveal specific atrocities that will happen in the future. This forces Sutherland to get his Jack Bauer on each week to stop the bad things before they happen – once he deciphers Jake’s math, of course.
Mbatha-Raw, who saw plenty of action in “Undercovers,” will be a step removed from the good/evil battles this time around as Jake’s case manager.
“She has a lot to do with his case. She oversees his assessments, she has to liaise with Martin when he starts seeing these numbered connections,” Mbatha-Raw told EURweb exclusively at the Television Critics Association press tour this month. “Even though she goes along with it in the pilot, her first priority is always the child, and whether the state is going to take him away from Martin, because he’s got to prove himself as an adequate parent.”
Fox will preview the full pilot for “Touch” on Wednesday (Jan. 25) at 9 p.m. ahead of its official series premiere on March 19. [Scroll down to watch the trailer.]
In the audio below, Mbatha-Raw takes us back to “Undercovers,” and offers her own idea of what went wrong.