Actress Karin Konoval has an impressive TV resume, with credits ranging from The X-Files to The Good Wife, but her most interesting role is one that's spanned two blockbuster films about apes. Karin plays orangutan Maurice in the upcoming 20th Century Fox film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and played the same role in the previous movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. To research this role, she's been regularly visiting the orangutans at Woodland Park Zoo for the past four years. Karin talks about the new movie and what she learned from studying the great apes.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters on Friday, July 11.

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