Q. What are some of the recent projects that you've been working on?
A. My biggest recent project is that I have a six month old baby girl! She's adopted, so when I run into people I haven't seen for a while, they want to know how that happened. She has been sort of the focus of everything that I have been doing and that's been so much fun. Before she was born I worked on a show called "Help Me, Help You" and I guest starred on "Notes From The Underbelly," which will be coming up soon. I have been kind of focusing on my little girl but I just did a pilot that I just finished for CBS. We're waiting to find out if that gets picked up and it's created and written by Scott Silveri who was the show runner for "Friends" and the creator of "Joey." It's his sort of first post "Friends" era show that is a sitcom and it's really funny and great. We had such a good time shooting it and we're all keeping our fingers and toes crossed hoping that it gets picked up. It's a multi-camera, which is a dying breed right now, sort of a dying art form. It's my favorite, favorite form of acting and it's what I feel most comfortable doing. We're really hoping it gets picked up and that we have a chance to do it because just the week we worked together we had so much chemistry, we had so much fun, it's a great bunch of actors and the writing is amazing.
Q. You were also involved in the film Itty Bitty Titty Committee. What can you tell us about the premise for the film and about your character?
A. Itty Bitty is actually very interesting because it's the first movie completely independently funded by Power Up which is like a lesbian civil rights group. The two women that run it are just incredible and tireless. It's directed by Jamie Babbit who actually directed of episodes of "Popular," she's done tons of "Nip/Tuck" episodes and "Malcolm In The Middle." She's actually a really well known single camera television director. What I love about the movie is that it is sort of a lesbian coming of age, but it's really funny and it's really great. It's not necessarily a lesbian movie, it just happens to be about a lesbian. What I love is that it sort of is not the main issue, it can be a movie about any girl falling in love and finding herself, but she just happens to be a lesbian. She works in a plastic surgery office and I, of course, play the woman who runs the office who has enormously fake boobs. I'm sort of the example of everything evil that she doesn't want to be. I'm sort of the person telling her you have to look a certain way to be accepted and be beautiful. She figures out on her own that in real life you really don't have to and you can be yourself. You don't have to subscribe to what magazines and television are telling you to look like, you can just be you, and that's good enough. My character is complete comic relief and there to be funny. W really had a great time and it was a lot of fun, I'm so glad that I got the chance to be a part of it.
Q. How was it getting to work with Jamie Babbit on the film?
A. It was really fun to work with Jamie because we worked together years and year ago on "Popular" and it was sort of my first show and her first show. It was really fun for us to get back together and work together again. With Jamie, we got to improv and go completely off script, Jamie is completely an actor's director. She is like, "I love you, you know what you're doing, go do your thing." That's really freeing and so much fun!
Q. What is it about the film and script that you really enjoyed?
A. I think it's got a great message about tolerance and acceptance and I love that. I was really excited about getting to work with Power Up, I think it's such a great, great organization. What's so fun is that there were girls that were interning at Power Up that got to work on the movie. It was also providing a lot of young women a chance to get into the Hollywood business and work from many different angles. Whether it was literally working with the lighting department or working on craft services, all the different angles of movie making. Power Up was giving these girls a chance to have a part in that. I just thought it was something that was really neat, it wasn't your average movie, your sort of felt like it was not just about making the movie. It was sort of about a bigger issue and I was really excited to be a part of that. It's going to come out soon
Q. It's been airing in the festival circuit, do you know how it is doing?
A. It did really well at South By Southwest, which is really exciting. I think it's having its big premiere in San Francisco in June, which I'm going to go to, and it's going to be really fun. I haven't seen it yet but everyone who has seen it has said, "Oh my God, it's so funny, it's so great." It's getting really good reviews so I am excited.
Q. Since you are in charge of a plastic surgery office in the film, did you get to fall back on your "Nip/Tuck" role at all?
A. Yes, absolutely, I was reliving my experience as a plastic surgery patient while I was on that. I'm excited for "Nip/Tuck" and the new changes that they are making. I'm a huge fan of "Nip/Tuck" and I can't wait for it to come back. They're going to move to Los Angeles so I think that's going to be really exciting.
Q. The film is doing really well on the festival circuit, did you expect for it to get the acclaim that it's been getting around the circuit?
A. I knew it was definitely something different and something unique. I think that you never know how people are going to react to something when you're doing it. You could have the best time in the world while you're shooting something and then you watch it and you're like, "Yeah, that wasn't very good." This time I was like, because it has such an important message, and because it is such a unique story, and the way that they are telling the story is so different. I definitely thought it was going to get some attention, I think we knew that, I'm just really happy. There are so many kids that I think are gay and lesbian out there that are maybe from a small town and they feel different and weird, and this movie is really going to make them feel like, "You know what, it's okay! Everything is going to be fine, I am not weird, there are thousands and thousands of people out there that are just like me." What I really love about the movie is that it really normalizes it, the story just happens to be about a girl, it could be about anyone. I love that, and I love that it's so relatable, and it not specifically has to be about lesbians, it's just a love story. It's got humor, it's fun and it's light hearted. It's also saying something important so I think I knew that it was going to be something different that people were really going to like. It's great, I'm really happy for that.
Q. You mentioned reuniting with Jamie Babbit who did a lot of work with the show "Popular." You also got to reunite with Carly Pope who was also on the show. How was getting to reunite with her on the film?
A. Unfortunately, Carly and I didn't have any scenes together, but I did get to see her during wardrobe fittings. I just love Carly so much and it's so good to see her and she's just so great. It was so great to see her and it is so great getting to see everyone from "Popular." It really does seem like you're getting to see your old high school friends. I was at an audition a few months ago and I saw Sara Rue and it was so good to see her; it was so surreal to see her. Tamara Mello just had a baby a few weeks ago, that's so exciting, we all still really do try to keep in touch. I see Bryce (Johnson) every once in a while, it's just really lovely to see each other because it really was the first show for all of us. I love seeing how great everyone has done, I love seeing Chris (Gorham) on "Ugly Betty," he's so great and he's so talented. He's worked so consistently since the show, it's really fun, you really do feel like it's your old high school buddies. It was great to see Carly, she's terrific and I love her and she's so sweet and funny. It really does feel like seeing old friends so that's fun whenever we get to see each other.