Credit: Getty Images Photo: Penny Johnson Jerald who plays new Captain Victoria Gates

Everybody’s curious about the new captain, Victoria “Iron” Gates. Lucky for us, there’s quite a lot to know about the newbie in town. But ironically, Penny Johnson Jerald, the 24 alum who nabbed the role, was as clueless about her character as we are. Thankfully, things cleared up once Season 4 started shooting.

Jerald told TV Guide not only had she never seen a Castle eppy before (oh, the horror!), but she also didn’t even know the name of the hard-headed woman she’d been hired to play until two hours before she shot scene numero uno.

So who is Iron Gates in Jerald’s eyes? While late Captain Monty was “like a nurturing father figure,” Jerald calls Gates “different,” adding that “she has eyes in the back of her head and won’t let them get away with anything.”

Talk about a 180 for the 12th precinct!

But that’s not to say Gates doesn’t have a softer side. Jerald says she “wears a wedding ring” and has been told she might have two kids, a girl and boy.

Sounds like she might take that stick out of her bum after she leaves the office. Maybe.

Source: TV Guide

Credit: TV Guide Photo: Castle Star Penny Johnson Jerald Talks About Joining the Show