Olympic gold medalist, McKayla Maroney, went into the audition for a character on Bones while having a severe sore throat and not having rehearsed her lines. She never dreamed that she would land the part, but she did and will be appearing on tonight's episode.
"I had strep throat when I went in. I didn't know my lines or anything!" Maroney told TVGuide.com. "I kind of just winged it. I honestly had no idea how I did. ... So when I got the part, I was so excited."
Her character is obviously a gymnast, and is the prime suspect in her rival's murder. "The plot is so crazy," Maroney said. "It's funny because a lot of people have been tweeting me, 'I always knew she was a little dangerous. Of course she'd go in for this. Of course she's a suspect.'"
Even though her character is a gymnast on the show, this opportunity called for Maroney to show off more of her acting skills rather than the gymnastics that she is know for.
"I probably would've done some vaulting, but they didn't have any set up for the level that I am. They were all for younger gymnasts," she says. "It's more acting-based. I had to do gymnastics, like I did a round of handspring layouts, which I do every day in the gym and isn't hard for me to do. But it was very hard for me to be ready to do gymnastics and then be ready to act. I would do a tumbling pass and then have to talk. But that's how it's supposed to be, like I'm in the gym and it's OK if I'm out of breath. It was an amazing experience. I had so much fun. Everyone was so nice."
Maroney doesn't say whether or not her character is guilty, but she does say that she can definitely relate to her. "She wants to be the best, which I can relate to, and [Amanda] was her top competition. When this happens, she's scared and freaked out," Maroney said. "The weird thing is, when I was on set, it was really emotional because a little part of you thinks, 'What if this happened at my gym?' It's scary."
To see Maroney in action, watch tonight's episode of Bones at 8/7c on Fox.[Image via Twitter]