As “Magnum P.I.” cruises towards its Season 5 finale, the sun-kissed shores of Oahu are about to host another surprise: Perdita Weeks, who plays Juliet Higgins, stepping behind the camera for the December 13th episode, “Extracurricular Activities.” With Higgins and Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) facing a tense case and their own evolving relationship, it promises to be an action-packed farewell to another Hawaiian adventure.
In an exclusive interview, Weeks, a seasoned actress with experience in directing stage productions, opens up about the thrill of helming her first television episode, tackling action sequences, and the bittersweet closure for Miggy (Magnum and Higgins) fans.
Action, Camera, Higgins:
Stepping into the director’s chair wasn’t just about a new perspective for Weeks, it was an opportunity to delve deeper into the world of “Magnum P.I.” from a fresh angle. “It was incredible!” she exclaims. “To be honest, I was a little bit nervous initially, but the moment I called ‘action’ on that first day, it just felt right. It felt like something I was meant to do.”
The episode itself boasts a thrilling car chase, something Weeks relished orchestrating. “I absolutely loved that sequence,” she admits. “It was so much fun to work with the stunt team, who are just incredible. I really leaned on their expertise and experience, but it was amazing to be able to put my own vision into it.”
Miggy’s Enduring Appeal:
Of course, no mention of “Magnum P.I.” is complete without the will-they-won’t-they dynamic of Miggy. For fans who have spent seasons rooting for these two, the finale promises closure, and Weeks assures it’s satisfying. “I think it’s very sweet,” she confides. “It’s an ending that feels true to their characters and their journey. I think people will like it.”
While remaining coy about specifics, Weeks hints at a resolution that reflects the couple’s growth and respect for each other. “They’ve gone through so much together,” she explains. “They’ve challenged each other, supported each other, and ultimately, they’ve become each other’s best friends. So, the ending reflects that bond and the future they might have together.”
Beyond the Beach:
Directing “Extracurricular Activities” has ignited a new passion for Weeks, and she’s keen to explore it further. “It’s definitely something I want to do more of,” she declares. “I loved the collaborative process, the storytelling aspect, and the challenge of bringing a vision to life. I’m definitely looking for more opportunities to direct in the future.”
Even as she graduates from behind the camera, Weeks remains deeply connected to Higgins and the world of “Magnum P.I.” Her time on the show has not only solidified her acting prowess but also revealed a multifaceted talent, both in front of and behind the lens. So, while fans might bid farewell to this particular Hawaiian chapter, Weeks’ journey as a storyteller is just beginning.