It’s not easy being Deirdre, a.k.a. “Demon Breath” (Amy Pietz). Evie’s (Tori Anderson) chilly boss at Cybermart Warehouse may not like to crack a smile (or use a breath mint), but she’s not really bad inside. Just think of her like a mix of Miranda from The Devil Wears Prada and Michael Scott from The Office, with a heavy dose of insecurity.
For instance, in the exclusive clip above, Deirdre just wants to catch Hank’s (Jonathan Langdon) eye. To do so, she recruits Evie to be her guide to flirting etiquette, and the pair manage to get a stilted conversation going — which, Pietz says, really is all Deirdre wants. “What [Hank] emits naturally is a super teddy-bear quality, and I think she is so drawn to that natural goodness and light, because she feels she doesn’t have that herself,” Pietz tells EW. “I think she just wishes that a part of herself could be as warm to those around them.”
That wish won’t be coming true anytime soon, but Pietz says that luckily for Deirdre, the unsavory “Demon Breath” moniker won’t last long. (It’s also lucky for Pietz’s co-stars, who do have to hold their breaths during scenes with her imaginary bad breath.) “I think when the creators wrote the pilot, they put down their idea of their worst nightmare,” Pietz says with a laugh. “But in order for her to interact with other characters on the show, [the writers] had to drop the whole breath thing.”
Besides, there are more pressing issues to worry about when it comes to No Tomorrow. “The biggest antagonist of the show is the ticking clock and the eventual end of the world,” Pietz points out. “I see [Deirdre] just as a person who has a chip missing in terms of empathy for others and struggles greatly with her inability to connect.” Fingers crossed Hank can do something about that.
No Tomorrow airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.