Thursday, November 1, 2012

Starry Constellation Magazine; January 2008

What is new this season for your character, Kathy Stabler, on Law & Order: SVU?
Kathy and Elliot are back together and we're pregnant. There is a lot about my character and how the family is involved or whatever is happening in the crime script and how it reflects back on Elliot's life. He often takes things from work and takes them into home life, or vice versa. We're back together and pregnant with our fifth child. Then, there are storylines that reflect what the story is about that week. It's nice we didn't get divorced

What made you want to be part of the show?
I was so happy that they would have me! Who doesn't want to be on 'Law & Order'? It's a great New York show and I'm a New York actress. I've been on the original Law & Order. When this part came up, I was lucky to get it

Where do you draw on your portrayal?
I'm a mother so a lot of it is dealing with a husband who is incredibly busy a lot. I just sort of draw on it from imagining what it would be like to have 4 or 5 children instead of 2 and just what married couples go through with careers and the toilet breaking. I'm a good housewife so I draw on all that and of stuff that I do at home anyway.

What about your role do you find challenging?
I don't know because I find it so exciting to go in and work with a really great cast that is there. What I actually think is challenging is going in and not being there every day. With going in every once and a while then going 0 to 60. The others are there 15 hours a day every single day. Then I come in a while and I have to kind of get up to speed with them, which is kind of difficult. The character is fun to think about how people lived and what it would be like if I lived that way

What is it like working with such an amazing cast?
They are wonderful professional actors and it is like playing tennis with someone who is just really great. It makes you play better and I'm just honored to be on the show. It's a great institution of television to be part of.

What has been your most memorable moment from filming the show?
I remember once way early, the first season I was having a terrible time getting my lines down for this one scene. Chris Meloni was eating chicken and it was 2 in the morning. I just kept messing up this one line and every single time he had to eat another chicken leg. I felt so bad about that! That's not a very proud moment, but for some reason it flew into my head. I find myself in fun situations with this character. Cynthia Nixon one time kidnapped me. There is crazy stuff that won't necessary happen to you every day.

Why do you think people continue to tune into the show?
I think because it is really taken from real life and it reads that way. The writing is just really good and people love a drama. They just love a quick hour drama. It's exiciting, interesting, and real. There is no BS and people love it. I love it! You get sucked in quite quickly. Before that first commercial break, you're in there!

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