Garofalo conceded she “was initially very reticent to do it, because I heard about the right-wing nature of Joel's [24 co-creator Joel Surnow] politics and the torture-heavy scripts.” But, she quipped: “And then I thought, 'I'm unemployed!'" So much for standing up for principle.
Cherry Jones, who handles the role of “President Allison Taylor,” lamented “it's too bad this season's topic is not Wall Street. The torture thing is very unfortunate; I have trouble with it. Fortunately,” however, “my President,” meaning the character she plays, “is opposed to it."
Jones saw similarities between the show and reality: “She's...very committed to restoring stability in this country and also the country's reputation around the world, not unlike where we are now.”
USA Today's January 8 “The 411 on those new '24' recruits,” with pictures of the new actors and actresses.