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Interview with Jane Seymour of "Franklin
& Bash" on TNT 6/24/13
Moderator: Jessie Peretsman
June 24, 2013
2:00 pm CT
Lisa Anderson: Please stand by. Good ((inaudible)) everyone
and welcome to the Turner Entertainment hosted Jane Seymour,
Franklin & Bash conference call. Today's conference is being
recorded. At this time I would like to turn the conference
over to Jessie Peretsman. Please go ahead ma'am.
Jessie Peretsman: Hello. Thank you for joining the Jane
Seymour, Franklin & Bash conference call. Jane will guest
star in this week's episode of Franklin & Bash airing
Wednesday, June 26 at 9:00 p.m. on TNT. The conference call
is now open for questions. Please press star one to ask your
question. Thank you.
Lisa Anderson: And we'll take our first question from Jamie
Steinberg with Starry Constellation Magazine.
Jamie Steinberg: Hello?
Lisa Anderson: Jamie the line is open.
Jamie Steinberg: Oh, there she is. It's a pleasure to speak
Jane Seymour: You too.
Jamie Steinberg: I was wondering there's a kiss between you
and Heather on this episode coming up and she had mentioned
to us that the idea was brought to her. How did it come to
Jane Seymour: Well I got a phone call from the executive
producer and one of the major writers on the show - one of
the co-creators (Bill Chase) and he said, Jane how would
like to come back and be (Peter's) mom again, only this time
you'd be a sex surrogate and you get to kiss (Heather
Locklear)? So that was how the whole thing was pitched to
And I said what is the context and then, of course, he sent
me the script, it was hysterically funny and I said
absolutely. This is good. So, yes it's the first time I've
ever had to do that.
Jamie Steinberg: And...
Jane Seymour: It was interesting and surprising.
Jamie Steinberg: And how much research did you do into sex
surrogacy to be a part of this role?
Jane Seymour: Not a lot. No, I mean, it's actually - I saw
Helen Hunt's movie - a great movie, yes. So in terms of a
serious movie about it, I think it's pretty amazing and
obviously these people do exist and this is a career path
that many people take and I believe that sex surrogates
really help people a lot. So it was interesting playing the
character and, of course, in her case it's kind of a legal
case because she's being tried as a prostitute and she's
saying, no she's not a prostitute, she's a sex surrogate and
that sex surrogates don't have sex with all their clients.
Jamie Steinberg: Well, good. All right. Thank you so much
for your time.
Jane Seymour: You're welcome.
Lisa Anderson: And we'll take our next question from Jamie
Ruby from Scifivision.com.
Jamie Ruby: Hi, thanks for doing the call today. What did
you find the most challenging coming back this time?
Jane Seymour: Well, it was a big role. This time they wrote
me a really, really great role. Challenging? You know what,
I think when you do comedy but it's also dealing with
something that's serious, which is slightly the case in this
one, you have to realize that you actually have to be
credible. It has to be real. You have to be understood as
being real and at the same time it's comedic.
So you - people have to care about you and the circumstance
you're in and so it's sort of the balance was interesting to
see how much comedy I could play and at the same time how
much I had to make sure that people would actually believe
this was a real circumstance and that she had real feelings.
Jamie Ruby: Great. And is there like a particular moment or
something that you're looking forward to the fans seeing in
the episode that you can talk about?
Jane Seymour: I haven't seen it put together yet, but I was
told that the network considered it one of the best
episodes, so I've been told it's really funny and really a
good episode and I'm sure the fans are going to be
interested in seeing me kiss (Heather Locklear).
Jamie Ruby: I'm sure. All right. Thank you.
Jane Seymour: ((inaudible)) I don't do that every day.
Jamie Ruby: No, I know. Thank you.
Jane Seymour: That was a joke, okay.
Jamie Ruby: I know.
Lisa Anderson: As a reminder to everyone that it is star one
to ask a question and we'll take our next question from
Stacy Roberts with Seriouslyomg.com.
Stacy Roberts: Hi. So what was it like kissing (Heather
Jane Seymour: Surprisingly not as embarrassing as I thought.
Obviously she's a great professional and the circumstances
in the scene made it very funny, so it was very amusing to
Stacy Roberts: Was she a good kisser?
Jane Seymour: Ah, definitely yes. I don't know that - I
think she was a little surprised by the kiss as the
Stacy Roberts: How did the producers approach you about it?
Jane Seymour: They literally picked up the phone a few weeks
earlier and said we're writing this episode for you and we
want to know how do you feel about kissing (Heather
Locklear) and playing a sex surrogate? And I went what? And,
you know, I know them they write great material. It's a
wonderful show and I said send me the script and let me see
all the breakdown of the story and let me see how it works
in and I read it and I just said oh this is terrific. That's
why I did it.
Stacy Roberts: And what was like your most memorable moment
from the set this time around?
Jane Seymour: You know it's really fun when you've already
worked with the guys to come back because now they were
really writing for me and we all know each other and we know
how to work together and - it was a lot of fun because it
was a much bigger role than I'd had before.
Stacy Roberts: Very cool. Thank you very much.
Jane Seymour: You're welcome.
Lisa Anderson: As a reminder everyone that it's star one to
ask a question. We have a follow up question from Stacy
Roberts with Seriousslyomg.com.
Jane Seymour: Okay.
Stacy Roberts: Thank you. And what else do you have coming
Jane Seymour: Good question. I'm - I have Sage Paints the
Sky - it's the American Doll movie for the new dolls called
Sage and I play the grandmother. And that's coming out on
DVD on the 2nd of July and it will be on television on the,
I think 16th or 17th of July, but it's a terrific lovely
movie, for obviously a younger audience, about a very
inspirational grandmother who's an artist and also rides
It's about this little girl who discovers that when she goes
back to school that not only has the finances for her school
arts program being cut, so she's not going to have art in
the school, but that her best friend over the summer has
made friends with another girl and so she feels very left
So it's an inspirational story between a grandmother and a
young girl and it takes place in Santa Fe and it's quite
lovely. A lot of singing and dancing and art and horseback
riding and it's really sweet.
And then I also have a movie called (Austenland), which is a
feature film that's coming out in August. It's certainly in
New York and LA - I'm not sure what the rest of the release
pattern is. ((inaudible)) classics and I play a woman that -
it stars (Carrie Russell) and oh gosh, I'm trying to
remember all the different who are in it.
It's basically about these women who are obsessed with Jane
Austen and they go to this retreat called (Austenland),
which I run and I'm this really awful English woman who runs
the place where you come there and you get rid of all your
modern things and you become a Jane Austen character and
basically you live there and somebody falls in love with you
and you have full emotion in the Austen experience. It was
made by (Jerushia Hess) who did, of course, Napoleon
Dynamite, so it's very quirky and very funny and it also is
produced by (Stephanie Meyer).
Stacy Roberts: It sounds very cool. ((inaudible))
Jane Seymour: It's very cool. It was an official entry at
the (Sun Dot) film festival. It got picked up immediately.
Stacy Roberts: Wow, it's really - it's much different than
what you're doing on Franklin & Bash, but it's...
Jane Seymour: You know what; I'm doing so many different
things. I mean Franklin & Bash as a sex surrogate, then I've
got the quintessential American Doll girl inspirational
piece as a grandmother with a grey wig, and then I get to
play this really nasty piece of English pertinaciousness in
Stacy Roberts: Which role do you enjoy playing the most?
Jane Seymour: Oh I enjoy them all.
Jane Seymour: I enjoy them all. I've been given lots of
character roles recently, which has been really fun and it's
nice to be able to play everything from musical comedy - I
did a musical for ABC Family called Love Struck the Musical.
That was really fun. I played it in a blonde wig and I had
to sing and dance to Lady Gaga and pretend that I was (Chelsey
Cain). That was really fun.
And then go straight into something with a grey wig where
I'm a grandmother and I'm - suddenly I'm on a walker. And
then I'm a sex surrogate who's kissing (Heather Locklear).
And then of course I'm back in England doing my English
I've just done another movie in England called The Unknown
Heart, so that will come out at some point too, but it's
quite fun, especially when I go back to England and I have
to remember how to speak English.
Stacy Roberts: Have you forgotten how to do it?
Jane Seymour: Well when I'm in America I end to get slightly
American because I usually play Americans. Obviously I'm
playing American in Franklin & Bash, but when I go back to
England they want me to be very upper class proper comedic
Stacy Roberts: Did you think back when you were a teenager
and starting out that your career would be going this way at
this stage in your life?
Jane Seymour: Never imagined I'd have the career I have at
all. I was just hoping to be a dancer in the chorus. I just
have had the most fortunate career and sometimes I forget
how much I've done and then I look on the website and I look
at how many different things I've done and I've completely
forgotten that I've done it all.
But different phases in my life I've really done everything.
I got to be the ingénue, I got to be the leading lady, I got
to be the victim, I got to be the evil person, do the sexy
stuff, do the comedy, do the tragedy and play all kinds of
real people like everything from Marie Antoinette to Maria
Callas and Marie Antoinette and Hazel Brannon Smith. So
personally right now I feel that I'm hitting my stride and I
think now is when I really feel I can do my best work, but
as we know they don't have that much material for people my
age, so hopefully they'll be something good coming up.
Stacy Roberts: Well you have all these things coming up that
all sounds great. ((inaudible)).
Jane Seymour: Yes I have quite a lot. Yes, there's another
movie called (Jakes Squared). I haven't seen that yet, but
someone told me that was pretty good too. I'm in that.
Sometimes I do small roles in things that are quite good.
Stacy Roberts: And then you do big roles that also
Jane Seymour: And bigger roles ((inaudible)).
Stacy Roberts: Thank you very, very much.
Jane Seymour: You're welcome.
Lisa Anderson: Our next question comes from Jordon Gutierrez
Jordan Gutierrez: Hi there, how are you?
Jane Seymour: Good thank you.
Jordan Gutierrez: So this is your second time on the show
with this character and now that you've gone to spend a
little more time with her, how do you describe her?
Jane Seymour: Well, she always surprises you. You never know
what her next career choice might be. And in this case she
suddenly decided that she was going to become a sex
surrogate, which of course is very frightening to her son.
The whole idea of her mother having sex at all was of course
frightening to him, but the idea of her doing this as a paid
surrogate is just more than he can handle. And needless to
say, his sidekick teases him horribly about it.
But it's really fun, you know, the producers really know me
now and we get along really well and they know what I'm
capable of and so they keep pushing the envelope I think.
Jane Seymour: They want me to come back again next year, but
I have no idea what (Colleen Bash) will be up to next year.
No doubt she will have found another career since I'm not
sure how well she got along with the sex surrogacy,
especially since she did end up in jail and in court.
Jordan Gutierrez: Can you tell me what it was like working
with (Brecken) and ((inaudible))?
Jane Seymour: It's hysterical and they just never stop
cracking jokes the whole time. You're never sure whether
they're on camera or off camera or if they're even going to
stop cracking the jokes and doing the pranks. When they say
rolling action it could continue into the scene for all you
know. So it's very different from working with anyone else
and the two of them are very funny together and I think
that's why the show is so successful.
Jordan Gutierrez: Okay, thank you.
Jane Seymour: You're welcome.
Lisa Anderson: And we have a follow up question from Jamie
Ruby with Scifivision.com.
Jamie Ruby: Hi again. I was curious you talked a lot about
your scenes with (Heather Locklear). Can you talk
specifically about kind of your scenes with Franklin Bash in
Jane Seymour: Well they don't want me to give the whole
story away, but basically it is brought to their attention
that (Peter's) mother (Colleen) my character, is in jail and
needs to be taken out and that she's been charged with
prostitution. And when they come to meet me, I'm in jail
with a lot of real prostitutes and I'm basically claiming
that it's a big mistake, I'm not a prostitute, I'm just a
sex surrogate. So then there is a major court case because
I'm trying to prove that I'm not a prostitute.
Jamie Ruby: Well it sounds really good. I can't wait to see
it. So thank you.
Jane Seymour: Yes, they told me it's one of their favorites
so - of the entire series, so they moved it forward and I
can't wait to see it myself.
Jamie Ruby: Great, thank you.
Lisa Anderson: We have a question from Jordan Gutierrez with
Sony. Jordan your line is open.
Jordan Gutierrez: Hi there. You had some sort of career
resurgence with comedy. Can you talk a little about whether
you prefer comedy or drama and what led you into doing
Jane Seymour: Well I used to do comedy in the theatre when I
was younger and on Dr. Quinn once in a while they'd let me
do a little comedy. I've always loved comedy, but I think
people didn't look at me and go, oh she's a comedian until I
did Wedding Crashers. And then it was as if I had a whole
new career and then people looked at me quite differently
and he went, oh my God.
So I have played an enormous number of way-out characters
and I thoroughly enjoy it so I think certainly at my age
right now laughing at oneself and playing this kind of
character is a great thing to do. But I love playing the
serious stuff too - that's what I've done my whole life, but
I would say since Wedding Crashers, I've probably mostly
Jane Seymour: I know it's really weird, it's like people
going oh my gosh, who is this person?
Jordan Gutierrez: I loved Wedding Crashers - it was amazing.
Jane Seymour: Yes, but I played such different characters
each time and I've been having a lot of fun with different
kind of looks and accents and characters and I think some
actresses get to play themselves their whole life and actors
- and I definitely don't. I get to play ever ultra-ego I
could ever imagine.
Jordan Gutierrez: That keeps it interesting, right?
Jane Seymour: Definitely yes.
Jordan Gutierrez: And you also do a lot of stuff other than
acting. You're an artist and you do charity work and you
have the open heart jewelry line. Can you tell us a little
bit about your other non-acting projects?
Jane Seymour: Well, it's pretty huge. I've been painting now
for gosh, twenty-two years I've been painting pretty
seriously and showing for at least twenty. I do about 12 to
14 one woman art shows all over the country and also in
Canada. I've been an official artist for the Olympics three
times and shown in major museums and things. So that's a
pretty serious part of my life.
And I also, from that, I created the open heart which I
trademarked and now it's a major jewelry line with Kay
Jewelers and Jared's and what's really exciting is I always
come up with new concepts and new designs and new
philosophies behind it, but we really basically, the Open
Heart Foundation, which is our foundation, is now in its
third year and what we do is we single out people who have
taken a challenge in life and turned it into an opportunity
to help others and we honor them and then benefit their
Jordan Gutierrez: Oh that's great. Thank you.
Jane Seymour: You're welcome.
Lisa Anderson: And there are no further questions at this
Jane Seymour: Okay, if anyone wants to see the other things
I'm doing just so people know, janeseymour.com has
everything including what my kids are doing. My son's in a
rock group and my daughter's a comedy writer and something
that I'm in as well. My other son's a great fine art
photographer and everything about Open Heart Foundation and
the charitable things they're all in there and also my
furniture design and the artwork and the jewelry. So it's
Lisa Anderson: Thank you and I'd like to turn the conference
back over to Ms. Peretsman for any closing remarks.
Jessie Peretsman: Thank you so much for joining today's
call. As a reminder, Jane will guest star on this week's
episode of Franklin & Bash airing Wednesday, June 26th at
9:00 p.m. on TNT.
A transcript of this call will be available within 24 hours.
Thank you Jane and thank you all for participating.
Jane Seymour: Thank you.
Lisa Anderson: And that does conclude today's
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