I was a goth girl in high school. Perhaps the powdered white face and the black lipstick were not the most attractive. I felt fabulous at the time but looking back, uh, probably not the best idea.
I’ve always been someone who really watches other people, human behavior. To watch it and be able to express it through your version has always been really exciting to me.
About “Mad Men” and her character, Joan
I have to say that this is probably the highlight. I’ve been really lucky that the stuff that I’ve been able to work on has all been things that I am very proud of and they’ve been really quality things.
I have women coming up to me and saying: ‘I love your character! She’s so empowered. She takes control; she gets what she wants.’ That’s another side of her. And I respect that in Joan. She says and does things that I would never allow myself to do.
I think it’s intelligent and it takes you into a whole different world. It’s a smart show that you have to really sit there and listen to what people are saying. If you do, you catch all these wonderful things. I just think it is one of the best things on TV.
I usually play the sort of socially awkward, goofy best friend… the mousy, stumbling, mumbling character. So it’s fun to play a woman who’s so sure of herself, who walks around with incredible posture and her chin up.
I would hope that people didn’t think I was anything like Joan! It’s very hard for me because Joan says such cruel things all the time. It sort of makes me cringe every time I read them because I think, “Who could be so horrible?” To be able to deliver those lines and do them with a coolness, yet still make her likable, is a bit of a challenge.
I’ve never been on a show before where I’m like, “When’s the next script? When’s the next script?” because they’re so great to read.
On the WGA strike
I would hate to see another strike. But if it’s necessary, it’s necessary.
On Twin Falls, Idaho
That was the town that made me fall in love with acting. There were so many talented people that came out of that city.
On Taye Diggs (they were co-stars in “Kevin Hill“)
Who doesn’t want to watch Taye Diggs for an hour? Every time I say I work with Taye Diggs, girls are like ‘Oh my god! What’s he like?