The Sound of Music
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Very little is known about Sophia's life before she arrived in Alaska. Since 1944, though, her decisions and actions have been cataloged and studied thoroughly. Moments after the crash, she made the decision to stay behind with the wounded and ordered her son Thomas to lead the able-bodied to safety... and to secure the technology to get them home.
While Thomas and his group integrated with humans and lived seemingly normal "free" lives, Sophia and the others were incarcerated for 66 years in the punishing confines of the Mount Inostranka Detention Facility.
Even behind bars, Sophia remained the leader and spokesperson of her people. She negotiated with multiple Presidential administrations and worked tirelessly for a peaceful release of her people. She was very close to an agreement with President Elias Martinez until the assassination attempt heightened fears and paranoia of the her people’s motives.
A short time after the crash, Sophia was released in exchange for an antidote to cure the mysterious illness that befell the passengers of Avias Air Flight 514. This led to a tearful reunion between Sophia and Thomas -- the first time they had seen each other in 66 years.
The sentiment did not last long, however, as it became apparent that Sophia and Thomas differed drastically in their goals and methods. Thomas favors action and, at times, violence; whereas Sophia favors honesty and diplomacy... for now.
Laura Innes stars as Sophia Maguire, the leader of a mysterious group of detainees being held at a top-secret facility. She becomes a critical liaison to President Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood) amidst a huge government cover-up, in NBC's new high-octane conspiracy thriller The Event.
Recognized for her talented work in front of the camera as well as behind the lens, Laura Innes is a three-time Emmy Award-nominated actress and director.
Innes is best known for her work as the skilled but abrasive Dr. Kerry Weaver on the long-running hit show "ER." She joined the acclaimed NBC medical drama in its second season, and her recurring role led to being cast as a series regular at the start of the third season. She received two Emmy nominations for her portrayal, as well as three Screen Actors Guild Awards as part of the "ER" ensemble, and has received five nominations for Best Supporting Actress from Viewers for Quality Television. In January 2007, Innes left "ER" after 12 seasons, becoming the longest-serving cast member in the show's history. She returned to "ER" for two episodes (including the series finale) during the series' 15th and final season.
Also a seasoned television director, Innes garnered an Emmy nomination for directing "The West Wing." She has also directed various popular shows, including several more episodes of "ER" as well as episodes of "Brothers & Sisters" and "House."
Innes' additional TV and film acting credits include the Emmy-winning cable film "And the Band Played On," as well as the NBC hit comedy series "Wings," where she played the lovable but promiscuous ex-wife Bunny from 1991-93. Innes co-starred in the blockbuster apocalyptic film "Deep Impact," and with fellow "ER" castmate Noah Wyle in "Can't Stop Dancing."
Innes began her acting career in the theater. She performed in her first major play at Chicago's renowned Goodman Theatre, where among other roles she played Stella alongside John Malkovich's Stanley in "A Streetcar Named Desire." Other major stage credits include "Two Shakespearean Actors" with Eric Stoltz at Lincoln Center; "Our Town" at the Seattle Repertory Theatre; and "Three Sisters" at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.
Innes resides in Los Angeles with her family and is a graduate of Northwestern University.