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Jason Biggs and Sarah Chalke of "Mad Love"
on CBS premiering Monday, February 14th at 8:30 pm .
I was not able to attend this call, but it looks like an
interesting sitcom! I will be watching it on Monday, that's for sure.
Moderator: Lindsay Colker
February 4, 2011
12:00 pm CT
Woman: Hello and thank you everybody for joining the Mad Love Conference
Call with two of the series stars, Jason Biggs and Sarah Chalke.
Mad Love premieres on Monday, February 14th at 8:30 pm after How I Met
Your Mother on CBS, and is a romantic-comedy about a quartet of New
Yorkers, two who are falling in love, Ben and Kate, played by Jason
Biggs and Sarah Chalke, and another two who despise each other at least
for now, played by Tyler Labine and Judy Greer.
Please note that a transcript of this call will be made available on
Operator, (Susan), we are now ready to begin the call.
Operator: Thank you.
Ladies and gentlemen, if youíd like to register a question, please press
the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. You will hear a three-tone
prompt to acknowledge your request. If your question has been answered
and you would like to withdraw your registration, please press the 1
followed by the 3. If youíre using a speakerphone, please lift your
handset before entering your request.
Woman: Good morning.
Operator: Our first question comes from the line of Nancy Harrington
from Pop Culture.
Sarah Chalke: Hey, Nancy.
Nancy Harrington: Hi. Hi, Iím here with my sister, Amy. Sheís my writing
partner, and thanks for taking our call today.
Sarah Chalke: Thatís so cute; you guys work together. How fun. I want to
work with my sister.
Nancy Harrington: Itís really fun.
Sarah Chalke: Thatís pretty great.
Jason Biggs: I used to punch my sister.
Sarah Chalke: Thereís...
Jason Biggs: Not anymore though. Now weíre like best friends.
Sarah Chalke: But some days you did.
Jason Biggs: But I - we used to fight a lot.
Sarah Chalke: We never fought, not once, not one sight in my 25 years on
Nancy Harrington: Oh we try to get along.
So letís start. In the beginning, how did you guys get your roles in the
show? Was there an audition process? Did someone call you and offer it
Jason Biggs: I slept with a creator.
Sarah Chalke: Yes. And it was - Matt really I guess thought Jason was
good enough for the part.
Jason Biggs: Yes.
Sarah Chalke: So, yes.
Jason Biggs: I did - Iíve met with Matt -- Matt Tarses, the creator of
the show, and his sister Jamie, the Executive Producer of the show a
long time ago when it was sort of we did one incarnation of the show.
And then it sort of became something else and everyone, myself included,
wanted Sarah Chalke so badly to play the part of Kate. And we begged and
begged and begged. And I even went - and I went and begged because I so
badly wanted to work with her. And I took her to Sushi and begged her
some more. And Iím pretty sure that it was...
Sarah Chalke: The Tuna Tataki?
Jason Biggs: ...yes, the Tuna Tataki and the seven bottles of sake that
she downed. I donít even drink. I donít drink.
Sarah Chalke: It was lunch. I had water (unintelligible).
No, I was so excited to do it. I mean I know Matt for a decade. He wrote
on Scrubs and I just, I love his writing so much. You know, heís so
funny. Heís such a unique and creative, fun sense of humor and then also
I think put so much heart into the shows he really cared about the
characters. And so when it was the combination of him - I know Jamie
Tarses for a long time too. And then when I found out Jason was doing
it, Jason and I crossed path maybe four years ago and met very, very
briefly. We did the same play in New York City.
Jason Biggs: At least. At least four years ago. That was...
Sarah Chalke: At least four. I would have been 21 at that time.
Jason Biggs: Yes. You were...
Sarah Chalke: I was 14.
Jason Biggs: Itís funny. I donít know if you were legal to drink yet.
You were, I mean, you were drinking a lot. But I donít know if you were
Sarah Chalke: I wasnít - Iím very young.
Jason Biggs: Yes.
Sarah Chalke: Very. So I had - we (unintelligible) play. Jason did a
play called Modern Orthodox in New York, and then he was leaving and
someone was taking his part and I was taking over for Molly Ringwald. So
we met briefly at the cast switchover and that was it. And I...
Sarah Chalke: ...think heís hysterical, and so when it was him and then
Tyler Labine who I know since I was 16, a fellow Canadian which should
definitely help to have a fellow Canadian on the show because for ten
years on Scrubs I would say words in Canadian and they definitely would
Sarah Chalke: ď...Thatís actually not how you pronounce.Ē Iím like,
ďThatís how you pronounce it in Canada,Ē and they were like, ďNo, youíre
just an idiot, thatís not.Ē So last week I had to say Dr. (Zeus) and
everyone was like, ďWhoís Dr. (Zeus)?Ē And they were like, ďItís Dr.
Seuss.Ē And so - and then Judy Greer who I love and know for years,
weíve wanted to do a show together. So it seems like we all kind of have
been pinching ourselves lately, going like to please how can we get
through this longer.
Jason Biggs: Thatís the - by the way, thatís the short answer. If you
want, we can give you the unabridged version. We just thought weíd
condense it for the...
Sarah Chalke: Yes, since thereís more people that...
Jason Biggs: Yes.
Nancy Harrington: Oh, thatís fun. So what do you think sets this show
apart from other shows that are on now and in the past that revolve
Sarah Chalke: Jason, why donít you give them a long answer?
Jason Biggs: Okay. Well for one, this is the only show that we are on.
Sarah Chalke: Yes.
Jason Biggs: ...I think, you know, I like to think, you know, what I
love so much about this show is that itís - I think itís incredibly
funny, but itís also got - itís just a lot of heart. And I think, you
know, I think with sitcoms, you know, inherently, you tend to, you know,
you tend to explore some things that are a bit heightened and kind of,
you know, you kind of, you know, for the sake of comedy, you know, tend
to get broad sometimes. But I feel like, so far, we have explored story
lines and ideas that are pretty grounded in realty, you know; very - so
far, weíre kind of exploring sort of early relationship stuff. And itís
all been very relatable certainly to me. I mean I get it and itís been
fun to play for me. And I donít know; I just feel like the show has a
lot of heart.
And also, I canít speak enough about the chemistry that this cast has. I
just, I feel it every day coming to work. We all get along so well on a
personal level and then professionally, itís - I mean everyone is a
consummate professional, but also weíve already in such a short time
come to learn each otherís rhythm and timing. And we have such similar
comedic sensibilities and it just kind of works so brilliantly that I
canít help but think itís translating to the screen in a way that is
unique and doesnít happen that often.
That also was the short answer.
Sarah Chalke: Totally. We only want Nancy to ask questions again.
Nancy Harrington: I think thatís...
Woman: Iím sorry. I just want to interrupt. Nancy - if everybody, if we
could keep it to one question so everybody has the opportunity to ask
one, that would be great.
Nancy Harrington: I was supposed to say thank you so much for your time.
Have a good day.
Jason Biggs: You too guys. Donít fight.
Sarah Chalke: Donít punch each other on the face. Keep working together
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Jamie Steinberg from
Starry Constellation Magazine.
Jamie Steinberg: Hi. Itís a pleasure to speak with both of you.
Sarah Chalke: You too.
Jason Biggs: Hello.
Jamie Steinberg: Sarah, you touched on - well, first, let me say I spoke
to your sister-in-law the other day, Jason, Samantha.
Jason Biggs: What? You did?
Jamie Steinberg: Yes. Sheís got some beautiful art coming out.
Jason Biggs: Oh my God, right on. You spoke to Sam?
Jamie Steinberg: Yes.
Jason Biggs: Thatís crazy. I love it. What is your name again, Iím
Jamie Steinberg: Jamie.
Jason Biggs: Jamie? With?
Jamie Steinberg: Starry Constellation Magazine.
Jason Biggs: Oh right on. Okay, cool. How sweet. Small world.
Jamie Steinberg: Both of you I was interested in finding out - you both
have great comedic timing. Is it something thatís natural to you guys or
have you had to hone it?
Sarah Chalke: I got to teach Jason. And we had - yes, it was a little
hard at the beginning.
No, I think Jason is hysterical. Yesterday we did a scene where
literally he was supposed to walk into my office and Iím supposed to be
standing there stunned. Weíre filming the finale right now. And I canít
tell you why Iím stunned, but Iím supposed to be a little like caught
off guard and sitting there. And I could not stop laughing when he came
in because he was delivering his lines very funny, in a different way
And I also probably have created far too long the Gag Reel because I
canít - Iím someone who has the biggest problem controlling my laughter
in the middle of a take.
But I think I never got to take any, you know, like classes. I felt like
- I feel like it was kind of a learn-on-the-job type thing for me. And I
feel lucky, I got to, you know, start working with - actually our
director this week, Gail Mancuso directed me for years on Roseanne. And
thatís kind of where I was just sit there in awe at 16, not really
havenít done anything, watching Roseanne and John Goodman and Laurie
Metcalf on like what they would do with the script from a Monday until,
you know, Thursday tape night.
And it was just a lucky experience to get to watch such talented people
that I respected so much. And - but I at that point felt much more of an
observer in a sense than a participator because I was so young and I was
so new and a combination of, you know, excited but also very nervous and
scared. So - but yes, I thought that was, you know, it was a great
Jason Biggs: I would - excuse me.
Sarah Chalke: It just became natural.
Jason Biggs: I, yes, I was born a genius I guess.
Sarah Chalke: Yes. Yes. And on time, punctual.
Jason Biggs: Yes. Iím...
Jason Biggs: ...a perfect specimen.
Sarah Chalke: Whatís it like?
Jason Biggs: Itís - Iíd tell you, itís pretty awesome.
Sarah Chalke: Pretty good.
Jason Biggs: No, I, you know, timing is I think the most important
component to good comedy. And I donít think itís something you can
learn. I believe itís something that you kind of, you know, have or
donít have. However, I do believe you can hone it and improve upon it
and kind of play with it and learn how to sort of, you know, play with
it and use it, but not necessarily start from scratch with it.
And Chalkeís just got it. I mean sheís like - sheís just got it, dude.
Itís like insane. Yesterday she was doing the stuff; it was literally
Lucille Ball. I was watching Lucy do this like physical comedy
craziness. Thatís the other, I think, important part of comedy, at least
the kind of the comedy that I like is the physical side of it.
Sheís got the goods.
Jamie Steinberg: Thanks. Thank you both.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Mike Hughes from TV
Mike Hughes: Yes, Jason, you had so many shows about guys trying to get
romances and sometimes not doing very well at it and so forth. And I was
wondering, if now youíre finally doing well on it in this show, but -
your character is. But I was wondering, have you learned anything from
this for real life over the years? For instance, as a teenager, did
romances go well for you? Were you good at it? After youíve done all
these romantic movies and romantic TV shows and so forth, have you
picked up little things about what to do and what not to do and so on?
Jason Biggs: Yes and no. Iíve learned you need to wait for the pie to
cool off, you know?
Mike Hughes: Okay. Good (unintelligible).
Jason Biggs: For example. But, you know, listen, I mean as a teenager
certainly, you know, yes, I mean it was certainly not smooth sailing. I
mean I really canít imagine thereís a teenager out there who has a, you
know, who has a perfect sort of, you know, relationship, you know, no
problems, like everything is - I was like talking to my niece yesterday
who I canít believe that she turned 15. Insanity. And, you know, she was
telling me about her boyfriend situation and just as very, you know,
itís high school. And thereís like stuff and itís not always great and
itís tough and itís a lot of - itís the time for a lot of firsts, you
Itís - so nothing was - I, you know, nothing was perfect then. But as I
got older, of course I, you know, became a stud that I am now, you know.
And, you know, when I grew into my body, if you know what I mean...
Mike Hughes: Yes.
Jason Biggs: ...I...
Mike Hughes: Yes. Because, you know, there were times where you were
living with a girlfriend for several years and then times where youíre
married and you were still playing guys who were not good at romance. So
I was wondering...
Jason Biggs: Right.
Mike Hughes: ...if you were maybe by then not too bad at romance in real
Jason Biggs: Yes, I wasnít. That was the thing. See, I use that to my
advantage, see, because girls just assumed - and this actually really is
true to some extent. Girls would assume that I was like a loser, like
literally I would - when I was like single, Iíd be like, you know, I
would like meet a girl and they would literally like think that I was
just a loser. And then Iíd throw the (mac) down, you know what Iím
saying? Iíd be like, ďHey baby.Ē And Iíd be all smooth and, you know,
Iím a romantic. Iím a, you know...
Sarah Chalke: ...caught off guard.
Jason Biggs: Yes, yes. And theyíd be like oh damn; panties come right
off, you know. But no, but - and my wife is, you know, is so madly in
love with me. You got to talk to her. Iíll put her on the phone in a
Mike Hughes: Anyway, I could think...
Jason Biggs: I donít know what Iím saying. Iím sorry.
Mike Hughes: Okay. Thanks a lot.
Jason Biggs: No problem.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of David Martindale from
the Hearst Newspaper.
David Martindale: Thank you.
Sarah Chalke: Hey, David.
David Martindale: I watched - hi. I watched the screener of the episode,
the first episode, and enjoyed it. Youíre both really quite wonderful in
Jason Biggs: Thank you.
Sarah Chalke: Well thank you so much.
David Martindale: Yes. And for both of you, are you the hopeless
romantic types or feet-on-the-ground types when it comes to matters of
the heart? And also, Valentineís Day premiere, how perfect is that given
Sarah Chalke: Yes.
David Martindale: ...show.
Sarah Chalke: It was really cool. We found that out - we felt so lucky.
I think our premiere night was going to be a week later and then they
bumped it up to Valentineís Day and we were all super psyched.
I, yes, Iím definitely a hopeless romantic. No feet on the ground,
neither one of them on the ground. I think that, you know, I always have
believed in true love and I think that - and we were just actually
talking because we talked about Valentineís Day. We were talking about
our first date. And my fiancť and I decided to go for a picnic. And we
both I think are a little bit of romantic, so we brought - we both have
brought like enough food to feed a wedding.
And so we got to the picnic and thereís like chocolate covered
strawberries and champagne and wine and sushi, and like so much food is
ridiculous. And then weíd hiked in with all the food to this beautiful
like cliff point overlooking in Vancouver. And the skies opened up and
they started pouring rain, and weíre both like, no, Iím so (cynical)
like Iíll stay, like itís not a big deal. I donít care if itís raining;
And so we sat there and like - and there wasnít like anywhere to like go
undercover. And the sun was setting. And by the water, thereís like a
bit more light, so we didnít realize how dark it was in the forest. And
then we started walking to the forest and it was pitch-black and we got
completely lost with our bags of food and we were soaking wet. And
finally, we found someoneís backyard and weíre able to make it back to
civilization. But it was just sort of like that wish to, you know, have
this first kind of idealistic first date and kind of power through no
And we actually did an episode. Our second episode is actually kind of
like that, like, we were trying to have this first date and we wanted to
go perfect because the first date sets the tone. And (Connie Layer) kind
of keeps (throwing) it up for us, and we just keep powering through no
Jason Biggs: I consider myself a romantic as well. I kind of - yes, I
would definitely consider myself an idealist when it comes to love and
relationships. And, yes, I think Iíve kind of always wanted to be
married and find true love. And I have. Yay.
David Martindale: Yes. But (unintelligible) as your first date with her,
were you rained on during the picnic?
Jason Biggs: I - what was my first date? It was a blind date actually.
And it was sushi. But it was not a picnic. And no, I was not rained on.
But we - yes, it was an awesome, awesome date.
David Martindale: Cool.
Jason Biggs: Yes.
David Martindale: Well thank you much. Itís been a pleasure.
Jason Biggs: Thank you guys.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Colleen Pinto from
Voice of TV.
Colleen Pinto: Hi. Hi guys.
Jason Biggs: Colleen, whatís up?
Colleen Pinto: Not much. Iím a little sick. So if my voice (goes) out,
Sarah Chalke: Oh no. Thatís the worst.
Colleen Pinto: And you guys keep making me laugh and like, then I start
coughing and then my dog looks at me like, whatís wrong, are you dying,
Jason Biggs: What kind of dogs do you have?
Colleen Pinto: Heís a little Boston Terrier and heís sitting on my lap.
Sarah Chalke: Oh I love Boston Terriers.
Jason Biggs: Oh my God, I love it.
Colleen Pinto: Heís the cutest thing ever.
Sarah Chalke: Whatís his name?
Colleen Pinto: His name is Dude.
Jason Biggs: I love it.
Colleen Pinto: Yes, my husband named him.
Sarah Chalke: Thatís really cute. Good husband.
Colleen Pinto: Yes. Yes.
Jason Biggs: A Lebowski fan.
Colleen Pinto: Pretty much, yes.
So this is sort of like a two-sided question that Iím going to try and
get out. So, Jason, youíve never really done like a TV series before.
Itís mainly just been like some guest roles. And youíve focused mainly
on like film and everything. So what made you I guess decide to switch
And on the flipside, Sarah, youíre mainly known for your TV work with
Roseanne and Scrubs and everything and even your guest starring role on
How I Met Your Mother. Have you been able to help Jason or anyone else
on the set or teach them like the day-to-day familiarities of TV works?
Jason Biggs: So I - TV for me, Iíve been looking to do TV for quite a
bit. The idea of getting to come in and, you know, kind of not
necessarily - I mean, again, we donít know because we donít know this -
how long the show is going to go -- hopefully forever. But the idea
Jason Biggs: Yes, please. But the idea of kind of not having an exact
endpoint necessarily and having a chance to kind of explore storylines
and characters, you know, and sort of grow with them is very appealing,
you know, sort of, you know, unlike a movie. And also just on a personal
level, to sort of - I mean and now especially this cast is so incredible
and I have so much fun coming to work that like if this is a movie set -
well as it is now, we, you know, weíre coming upon the end of our season
here and itís already getting quite sad. But like I said, hopefully,
weíll get a chance to do it again.
So - but, no, I - and also I just, I love comedy. And I - the chance to
do it week in and week out is just far too appealing for me. It was -
and Matt and Jamie, theyíre the creators of the show -- well Matt
created it and Jamie produces it -- the opportunity to work with them, I
love this idea, I love this character and it was just too much to pass
Sarah Chalke: And for me, I love the idea of, you know, getting to be
with the same group of people and find out, you know, every episode for
as long as it goes, finding out new stuff about your character and then
- you know, last week, I found out Kate was from a farm and then the
next day sheís like ridiculously clumsy. And in terms of the whole
group, I mean Tyler has done a bunch of TV too, but whether - you know,
no matter what format itís in, you know, it doesnít matter, like this is
just such a fun, funny group.
And I think weíre all kind of - I donít know; Iím learning from all of
them too. Like every day, we just - itís a very collaborative
environment and Matt has really set the tone for that. And, you know, we
do exactly as it is written on the page and then we can - once weíve got
that, we can try something fun. And I think that, you know, that when
you really have a good time together, that makes a difference. And
hopefully that comes across. But yes, I think we really, you know, have
been just all learning from each other and having a good time.
Colleen Pinto: Right. Well, awesome. Thanks so much, you guys.
Sarah Chalke: Thank you.
Jason Biggs: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Eldon White) from
Eldon White: Hi guys. Thanks for doing this.
Jason Biggs: Of course.
Eldon White: I would imagine that itís, shall we say, interesting to
work with such an inveterate cast of scene stealers such as yourselves
and Tyler Labine and Judy Greer. Whatís it like on the set?
Jason Biggs: Oh sorry. I thought there was a - more coming.
Itís - oh my God, itís so - itís incredible. Itís - Iíd tell you what,
itís pretty difficult to keep a straight face around this group. Not
only because when theyíre performing, they are - I mean itís such a
talented group. Iím speaking about the three of them. They are so
talented and so funny and they know - theyíre so smart with comedy and
they hit every beat and moment perfectly. So thatís - itís hard to keep
a straight face.
But also theyíre very funny people without the - off the set. And we
kind of all now know what buttons to push to get either under the other
personís skin in a comedic way or...
Sarah Chalke: Or to make some laugh on camera break...
Jason Biggs: Yes.
Sarah Chalke: ...and have a problem.
Jason Biggs: And so itís, yes, itís very fun. But, yes, itís - but
difficult. And I think if we had to take a test, who could keep a
straight face and who couldnít, if there was pass/fail, Chalke would
Sarah Chalke: I would fail immediately. I actually have - yesterday I
had to ask (Jeff), our first (AD) to just glare at me because I would -
Iím like a nice Canadian girl and Jason just threw some picture of my
long toes to make - to just see if I could actually just not be able to
make it through (scene) and break laughing while Iím trying to discuss
not being able to make it through (scene) and break laughing. Because I
might have finger toes and they might be half lengths with my feet. So
that was the photo which I will now show all of you - well, which I
would show you. (Unintelligible)
Sarah Chalke: And - but I had to actually look at (Jeff) and say,
(Jeff), please glare at me because that will make me feel bad and Iíll
stop laughing because everyone has families and needs to go home, and I
just canít stop laughing.
And itís, you know, I mean Tyler, I got to witness his sense of humor in
Robin of Locksley where he played Little John and I played Maid Marian
when we were 16 years old.
Jason Biggs: And I think, you know, you get to witness, you know,
everyoneís sense of humor that - Iím going to bed now. Good night.
Sarah Chalke: Heís now put the phone down on the table.
Woman: We have time for one more question.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Michael Gallagher
Michael Gallagher: Hi. This question is for both of you. The show is a
modern romantic comedy. Are there any characters that you modeled yours
after or actors you find yourself wanting your character to be like? You
know, how do you see your character?
Sarah Chalke: Thatís such a good question. I donít know if thereís any
one specific person. I definitely feel influenced by people in my life
and in my career and in my work. I mean I have such huge respect for
many different actors that I find, you know, when you watch them, it
just kind of makes you want to go to work and do a great job.
And Lisa Kudrow is definitely one of those people for me. I - we - Judy
and I quote Valerie Cherish on pretty much a daily basis here.
Jason Biggs: Kudrow is a good one for you. Thatís actually a good one. I
was saying yesterday, Chalke had this moment where she was literally
Lucille Ball. It was insane because her physical comedy is off the
Yes, I donít know that Iím trying to model, you know. And I think for
this entire cast, I mean I think part of the thing thatís so great about
this cast is we all kind of bring something unique to the table
individually, and yet collectively, there as a group, we gel and have
such a great sort of chemistry and connection that - and like our rhythm
becomes - it just kind of meld so perfectly.
Sarah Chalke: I donít mean like Iím modeling the character after Lisa
Kudrow because I think the character is very different.
Michael Gallagher: Yes, yes.
Sarah Chalke: I just mean that somebody who, like her sensibilities and
her timing really inspire me. And I feel the same way about Julie Louis
Dreyfus because I feel like, you know, she is so funny and so real at
the same time. And so I think itís sort of like you just - you know,
thereís a certain people you watch and go, wow, theyíre incredible.
Jason Biggs: I try to - I actually, now that I think about it, I try to
model my character after Julia Louis Dreyfus a little bit.
Sarah Chalke: I can see it. I mean thatís kind of transparent.
Michael Gallagher: All right, thank you.
Woman: Thank you everybody. That was our last question. Again, a
transcript will be made available that I will send to all of you on
Monday. And again...
Sarah Chalke: You guys, Iím so sorry that we talked so long and not
everybody got to ask a question. And, (Amy Amatangelo), thank you so
much for always being so nice to us in the past. And I - and Iím so
sorry to all of the Canadians. We didnít even get to - I didnít even get
to talk to you and be able to say words like (too congroberator) and you
couldnít have understood what I meant.
Woman: And if thereís anybody who would like to schedule some
one-on-ones, you can contact me. Lindsay, you have my information on the
Again, Made Love premieres Monday, February 14th at 8:30 pm on CBS.
Jason and Sarah, thank you so much for your time.
Jason Biggs: Of course, thanks...
Sarah Chalke: (Bye you) guys. Thanks so much for doing this.
Jason Biggs: Thank you guys.
Woman: Thank you. Bye-bye.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude the conference call
for today. Weíd like to thank you for your participation and ask that
you please disconnect your lines. Thank you and have a great day
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