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Transcript of Interview with Tiffani Thiessen of
"White Collar" on USA Network 7/19/10
I love this show, and all the actors in it. She was very
sweet on the phone! Hope you enjoy it...
Tiffani Thiessen Ė Elizabeth Burke, White Collar
Moderator We have our first question from Jamie Steinberg with Starry
J. Steinberg On White Collar, Neal, you have to say, is such a charming,
handsome man, but Elizabeth is a married woman. Do you think itís
possible for men and women to be friends without there being a sexual
T. Thiessen I do believe so, being that Iím married myself. I think itís
quite easy, actually. I think if your marriage is strong and you have a
good trust basis between the two, which is a lot of what we try to
portray the relationship between Elizabeth and Peter to be, then I
absolutely think you can. Theyíve been married for ten years and they
have such a good rapport with each other and itís a marriage on TV that
I really quite enjoy to watch, because you donít see a lot of TV couples
I think it definitely shows a lot that she can be friends with someone
like Neal. Heís definitely a very charming, beautiful man, which is
always fun to look at. But I always have this funny, cute saying that I
always tell reporters that I say you definitely want to date Neal, but
you want to bring Peter home to your family. You want to marry someone
like Peter. Do you know what I mean?
J. Steinberg This show has garnered such online support, I mean, there
are so many tweets andó
T. Thiessen Itís amazing. Nowadays this whole digital media, itís crazy.
J. Steinberg I was going to ask you, youíre a part of Twitter already.
T. Thiessen I am. Iíve been a little slow on it lately. I havenít had
too much time but Iím going to try and start getting up on it again.
J. Steinberg I was wondering, why is it so important for you to interact
with fans via Twitter?
T. Thiessen I think itís a definite new media that has really sparked a
whole new kind of connection between actors or musicians or anybody in
the entertainment business or even politicians. I follow Ann Curry, I
love it. I love hearing her voice. I love hearing her news, her
opinions. I think the public really enjoys that.
To me I think itís a much more honest way to really connect with your
fan base without it being the horrible magazines out there that might
not get the truth right. At least this gives a little bit of an honest
glimpse into someoneís life without it being too overdone and too
personal. You get to control it, which is what I like about it.
Moderator Our next question is from Joshua Maloni with Niagara Frontier.
J. Maloni Obviously you are currently in the filming process, but
heading into the season what were some of the things that you were
looking forward to, that you were excited about for Elizabeth?
T. Thiessen Itís a very different season for me than it was last year. I
just gave birth five weeks ago, almost five weeks ago, so I actually
have been away. What we did was because I couldnít travel or fly because
I was really, really pregnant when the season started, we actually ended
up shooting, which Iím sure you might have seen on the premiere episode
this season, my one scene, a lot of those episodes in the first six
episodes I shot here in Los Angeles on a studio with a green screen
behind me. The two scenes I did with Tim and then the rest of them I did
where I was pretending to be in San Francisco, thatís where youíll start
to see my character on an event, because I couldnít be right in New York
City to shoot with the rest of the cast.
Iím a bit away, Iím not in the first six episodes that much, but it was
really interesting to see how they can maneuver me in the sense of
making me look like Iím not as pregnant and shooting me from the waist
up and not really showing. I actually havenít seen the cast and I
actually leave next week to go back to New York and finish off the
season with them, so Iím excited.
J. Maloni What would you like to see happen with your character as the
season progresses? I know we talked a little bit last time about maybe
some extra back story, but what are some of the things that are high on
your list for her this season?
T. Thiessen I think definitely being that I havenít been able to get
into that back story this first part of the season because Iíve been
away, I definitely would love to explore that a lot more. I would love
to explore a little bit more of the history between Peter and Elizabeth
and how they met. And possibly maybe a little bit more, I think what
theyíre wanting to do, which Iím excited about, is really starting to
see me interact more with Mattís character as well as Willieís
character. You saw that toward the end of last season, where I was
working a lot with Willie, which I think the audience really likes. So I
think theyíre going to continue probably doing that this season when I
get back to work.
Moderator Our next question is from Jamie Ruby with Media Blvd.
J. Ruby Can you talk about how you started on the project? Did you
T. Thiessen Oh, yes, I auditioned like everybody else. Itís kind of a
funny story. Itís kind of a long process, which Iím sure a lot of actors
say is the case. But I went in and I read the script and absolutely fell
in love with it and just really was adamant about wanting to do
everything I could possible to try and get the job. So I went in and
auditioned for it and I was put on what they call a short list, but they
wanted to cast the husband first, which they hadnít found Tim yet.
I think about a month or two goes by and they finally cast Tim, and so I
was waiting to get that phone call again to come back in, and what they
do is like a chemistry read. I never got the call, and so I called my
agent and I was like ďWhatever happened to White Collar, that show? I
was supposedly on the short list.Ē And they said, ďOh, they actually
wanted to go a different route. They thought you were too young.Ē Then I
started hearing some of the girls that were actually going in and
auditioning with Tim and they were actually younger than I was. So I was
like, wait a minute, that doesnít sound right.
So I actually thought I lost the job, but then supposedly they never
found the girl, they were definitely trying to go younger and it didnít
work, and so they called me back again. I did a chemistry read with Tim
and we totally hit it off, and I knew it was my job, I knew I was going
to get it, I had a feeling in my gut, and I did. It was, again, like a
long process but definitely worth it because in my mind from the moment
I read the script I really wanted this job.
J. Ruby Would you ever be interested in writing or directing for the
T. Thiessen I would. Iím not a writer at all, and Iíll be totally honest
with you itís nothing that I want to pursue because Iím just not a great
writer. But directing is something that I actually started quite a few
years ago actually. I did a short film that actually got into the
Tribeca Film Festival and quite a lot of the prestigious film festivals,
and so being that itís been a little busy working, and now with a child
itís been kind of hard to pursue that. But I would love to, and White
Collar would definitely be on my list that I would love to do. There are
more and more women directors out there, which I love working with, and
I think we always can use more women directors out there and in every
position as well. So I think it would be really nice.
Moderator The next question is from Lena Lamoray with LenaLamoray.com.
L. Lamoray My favorite scene from last season is when you met Mozzie for
the first time. What has been your favorite scene or episode and why?
T. Thiessen Wow, thatís hard because I have quite a few that I really
like. But I will say towards the end of the season the episodes, like
the last three episodes where I did get to work with Willie and I got to
work with Matt a lot more and just all the conflict that was happening
and the suspense that was happening with the Fowler character, that was
actually probably the most fun. There was so much going on because I was
pregnant at that time and I donít think anybody knew at that time, or
maybe my cast just found out and the producers and stuff. But it was a
lot of fun because I was working with Willie finally, which I had never
gotten to work with in the beginning of the season, and Iíve known
Willie for a while. So it was really fun to finally actually get to work
on screen with him. I definitely would say those are probably my
favorite episodes for sure. Iím in complete agreement with you.
L. Lamoray What do you think about the relationship between Peter and
Mozzie? Are you going to be interacting with them as the season
T. Thiessen Iím hoping. Yes, I love that. I think Willie really is a
great addition to the show. He really brings a whole other side to the
show, and I love working with him. I know the guys love working with
him, Matt and Tim love working with him. So I would love to continue
working with him, and I think thatís what theyíre plan is. I havenít
been able to be in the first part of the season just because I was
pregnant and I was just gave birth almost five weeks ago, so Iím
actually leaving next week to go back to New York to finish off the
season with them. Iím really excited to see everybody and get back into
work again. It will be interesting to juggle the whole motherhood and
work, but Iím ready for it for sure.
Moderator Our next question is from Allison Toner with Poptimal.com.
A. Toner What do you like most about White Collar and your character,
T. Thiessen I think probably the biggest thing that I was drawn to her
character, even from the beginning when I read the script and even more
so now that weíve gotten to know her a lot more on the show is that she
plays a woman that I strive to be every day. She really is a woman who
takes her marriage, itís very important to her and her relationship with
her husband and her home life, but as well really balances her career.
And I strive to do that every single day of my life, and now that I add
the title ďMotherĒ to it itís even more so.
Sheís very diplomatic, which I really like. Sheís very reasonable. She
seems to be a person that has a sense of knowing where to go down the
middle when sheís helping the relationship between Peter and Neal, and I
like that about her a lot. Sheís almost like a little therapist or
something. She always takes the middle road of really trying to get the
boys to see both sides and I like that about her a lot. Sheís very
diplomatic. I like that sheís passionate. Sheís extremely passionate
about everything that she does, and her marriage, her career and her
relationships and all that. I donít know, I really admire her a lot.
A. Toner Do you enjoy filming White Collar in New York?
T. Thiessen I do. I absolutely do. Iíve always had such a love for New
York City ever since I was young and going there when I was younger, and
to be able to say that I actually live there half the year, I absolutely
love it. It was my husband that I really had to get him to fall in love
with it as much as I do. Heís from Texas and itís very, very different
than California and Texas, but heís actually really starting to fall in
love with it as well. And weíre excited that we get to raise our little
girl half the year in New York City and half the year in Los Angeles.
Theyíre two great cities and Iím excited for her to be able to really
get the culture from both.
Moderator Our next question is from Katlin Higgins with Pop Culture.
K. Higgins Earlier you just said that you nearly werenít cast for White
Collar because you seemed young. Do you ever feel like itís hard to
break away from your youthful teen image?
T. Thiessen I think you hit the nail on the head. I think thatís exactly
what people think of me at first. Because it was funny, when I
auditioned for it and then to hear that they were actually bringing in
girls that were younger than I was, I think people tend to forget how
old I am, and maybe itís my good genes, knock on wood, I hope thatís
part of it too. I donít know.
Iím 36 years old. Iím not in my 20s anymore, let alone my teens. But I
think youíre right. I think when you have a successful show, and
thankfully so far Iíve had two and going on my third, that people
sometimes have a hard time taking you out of that once itís over. But I
worked really hard to get it and luckily I won the job. I won them over.
K. Higgins You also said that you enjoyed watching you and Neal on TV
and you said that you were a good couple to watch. Do you watch the show
T. Thiessen I do watch the show. Itís funny, itís actually a show that I
would normally watch even if I wasnít on it. Itís the kind of TV that I
absolutely love. Itís the type of films that I go and see. Iím a total
James Bond fan. I love the buddy cop films. I love when you have shows
and film that have the combination between comedy and drama and
suspense, and to me when you have something that has all of that it
really makes for good entertainment.
Moderator Our next question is from Nancy Harrington with Pop Culture
N. Harrington Iím actually here with my sister, Amy, whoís my writing
partner. We wanted to know, it seems sometimes like Elizabeth trusts or
believes in Neal even more than Peter does. Why do you think that is?
T. Thiessen I think itís the case of when someoneís out of the tight
loop when a situationís happening they can actually see it a little
clearer. I think thatís the case with Elizabeth. I think, like I had
mentioned before, I think sheís a very diplomatic, very honest woman who
can see both sides.
Last year I think you saw a lot of scenes where she was definitely
trying to get her husband to see Nealís side, and I think youíll start
to hopefully see a little more where Iím going to be doing the same
thing for Neal, where Iím going to get him to really see my husbandís
side on a lot of things. I think sheís that kind of woman. I do think
thereís a side of her thatís almost like a little therapist, that sheís
the voice of reason, where she sees everything a little clearer because
sheís not quite in the loop that tight.
N. Harrington We were also wondering, was there any conversation when
you found out you were pregnant about keeping the pregnancy in the
script and giving Peter and Elizabeth a baby?
T. Thiessen Yes, we did talk about it loosely. But it was really a
decision that we all agreed upon, and I was actually happy with it too,
that I think theyíre a couple that, theyíve been married for ten years
and I think theyíre just one of those couples that donít have kids, that
they are very much involved in their careers and each other and they
like the way things are, and I donít think they need to add kids to make
their marriage any more successful than it already is.
The other thing about it is that itís a show that, I guess itís so much
about the characters, but we never really envisioned Peter and Elizabeth
to have children. I donít envision seeing scenes with Peter and a child
and all that, even though itís so funny that in real life he has kids
and now I have a child. But itís their characters. Theyíre so young at
heart and I donít know, I find them to be a cool, sexy couple. They
remind me of my aunt and uncle who never had kids and they travel freely
and they get to do what they want, and thatís how I see them.
Moderator Our next question is from Matt Newlin with Starpulse.com.
M. Newlin The fans of White Collar are passionate, die-hard fans, even
after just one season. Theyíre really on it, and the blogs and Internet,
people are really excited about the first episode of the new season.
What do you attribute that to? Why do you think people are just so in
love with the show and why it took off so quickly?
T. Thiessen You know, itís kind of what I had said with another question
earlier, is that itís TV that I love to watch. Itís got a little bit of
everything. Itís very character driven, which USA strives as a station
to be, which you get invested in all different types of characters, you
have a little bit of everything. I love that you have the suspense and
the fun of the show, but you have the home life and the relationship
between Peter and Elizabeth, and you have this great, fun character like
Willie. You have everything, which I think really makes for good
entertainment. I think that has a lot to do with it. Of course itís not
hard to look at Matt an hour every week on a show.
I think there are a lot of reasons. I really think the biggest reason of
all is the writing. Our writers are so on top of it and they really make
such great scripts that we just so enjoy portraying for them live. Itís
amazing, we have so much fun, and also the chemistry between all of us.
Iíve been a fan of Timís work for so long and thatís why it was really
exciting to finally get to work with him. Iíve known Willie and Iíve
been a fan of his as well. And Matt, to really see this up and coming
guy come out and break the whole entertainment business, heís
unbelievable. Heís got that kind of charisma that we all love to see on
screen. So itís a good combination of all of it. Itís hard to pinpoint
it for one thing, but I think itís a combination of all of it.
M. Newlin I know you werenít able to work with Tim Matheson so much on
the first episode of this season but having a veteran actor like that is
probably a huge catch for the show. Is he slated to direct any more
episodes this season? Can we see him come back, obviously not as a
character, but as a director?
T. Thiessen I donít know if heís slated for any more actually, because
like I said Iím actually still in Los Angeles and I go back to New York
next week to actually meet up with everybody again, since I just had the
baby. But I did get to work with Tim for a moment, and funny enough he
actually played my father in a movie years and years and years ago. So I
actually know Tim very well.
M. Newlin Oh really?
T. Thiessen Yes, itís so funny, many, many moons ago. Heís a doll and
heís such a great actor as well. He did such a great job on the first
episode directing and acting in it. We would be absolutely fortunate and
lucky to have him back. So I hope they bring him back, I really do.
Moderator Our next question is from Scotty Coppage with Cinemaniac.
S. Coppage What are the challenges for finding roles for women in their
30s? And are there more opportunities for women now than there were ten
years ago as far as programming?
T. Thiessen Absolutely. I think thereís definitely much more in 30s and
40s both. I think youíre starting to find people really seeing that Ė
hereís the thing. Itís hard for me to say and know the experience how it
was ten, twenty years ago because I was only in my teens and my 20s, but
I know from watching TV myself and watching film myself I see a lot more
30s and 40s on screen, which just makes me very, very happy. Itís what
we should be watching.
Weíve got different niches. Weíve got the Disney kids and that whole
teenage niche, and weíve got the young adults, and then we have the age
of 30s and 40s, which is where I am right now, and I think itís
important to portray those ages and those roles. And like I had
mentioned before, one of the things that I really admire about the
writers is that theyíve really made the relationship between Peter and
Elizabeth a strong marriage, and I donít think you see that on TV very
often. I really admire them for keeping it that way.
S. Coppage With In Plain Sight and Covert Affairs is USA Network a good
place for actresses to be?
T. Thiessen Absolutely. This is the first time Iíve ever gotten to work
for a cable network, and theyíve been one of the most passionate
networks for their shows that Iíve ever worked with, and Iíve been doing
this for 26, 27 years. I hate saying that sometimes. But yes, theyíre so
extremely passionate and very connected to their actors and their
writers and their shows. You can see it on screen. You can see it with
the way they really publicize their shows and how theyíve gotten very
involved with the media aspect of it. It really makes it nice for us
knowing that weíre going and doing our job and knowing that theyíre
really behind us.
Moderator Our next question is from Pattye Grippo with Pazsaz.com.
P. Grippo What I was wondering is, the first season, as weíve been
talking about on this call, did very well with the viewers and the
ratings and everything. Do you feel that that helped take the pressure
off or does it actually add more pressure on all of you to keep that
T. Thiessen I think there are two sides to it. I think thereís a part of
you that definitely will take a little bit of the pressure off, but then
itís like, okay, the pressure goes right back on for second season. You
have to think about it all over again to make sure that you keep it up
and try and do even a little better. You always strive to do a little
bit better, and I think thatís definitely the case. But it was
definitely a really nice feeling to know that last season we did well
and people really responded to it and are excited to see a second
P. Grippo Then as a follow up, youíve been working in the public eye,
letís call it, since you were very young. Have you ever wished youíd led
a more private life? And what, if anything, would you have done
differently if you could go back and re-do it?
T. Thiessen Itís funny, I thank God I came around when there was no TMZ
and no US Weekly and things like that. So I donít feel like it was too,
too bad for me. I also feel like Iím not in a place where people bother
me too, too much. We get the occasional paparazzi outside our house and
following us, but nothing crazy, which Iím very fortunate with. Of
course that could all change, but I feel like Iíve gotten off pretty
easy, so knock on wood it stays that way.
P. Grippo It sounds like itís not been too bad.
T. Thiessen It hasnít been too bad.
Moderator Our next question is from Suzanne Lanoue with the TV Megasite.
S. Lanoue It struck me as you were talking about Peter and Elizabeth
having children, that actually Mattís character is kind of like his
T. Thiessen I think we definitely both feel like heís partially our
child, yes. And at times I think we feel Willie is as well.
S. Lanoue Peter makes a great dad.
T. Thiessen Yes, he actually does, even in real life. Heís got two of
the greatest kids.
S. Lanoue Iím sure. Actually, it also struck me as you were talking
about them wanting younger or thinking you were younger, because it
doesnít surprise me because you look so young.
T. Thiessen I appreciate that. Thank you.
S. Lanoue Is it all just genetics or what do you do to make yourself
look so young?
T. Thiessen I think a lot of it has to do with the genetics. If you saw
my mother and even my grandmother, they have great genes and they look
so much younger than what they really are. So I definitely attribute a
lot of that to that, but I try to take care of myself. Water I think is
the best medicine for anybody and I drink a ton of water and I think
that has so much to do with it. I think people walk around dehydrated
all day long a lot of the times, and we donít really stress about how
much water intake is such an important thing in our bodies. And just
physical activity, I work out and try to really take care of myself. I
try not to over stress myself too much. Itís all of those things. I
think all of those really contribute to trying to look your best, you
Moderator Our next question is from Jamie Ruby with Media Blvd.
J. Ruby What would be your ultimate dream role to have in the future? Or
maybe thereís somebody specific youíd like to work with that you havenít
T. Thiessen Itís so hard. Back in my late teens, early 20s I always
wanted to be a James Bond girl. Thatís totally different now. My life
has changed so much, my priorities have changed. I donít know if I
really have a dream role. I think itís more about really Ė and I have to
say White Collar is definitely something that I can say really kind of
fills that Ė is that I want to go to work every day with people that I
like. I want to go to work every day where thereís a role that I really
enjoy and I believe in.
I donít think itís really specific to one particular actor that I want
to work with or a particular role any more like it used to be. Like back
in the day, like I said, I wanted to be a James Bond girl and I got
really close to it too, but I didnít. But now itís just really about
enjoying who I work with, the kind of atmosphere that Iím working in,
and the character. Thatís why I think nowadays I tend to really try to
be somewhat picky any more to what I do, not just going out to get a
job. And sometimes you have to do that, you have to work just to work.
But Iím very fortunate to say that Iím actually working at a job that I
absolutely love and enjoy and everybody there I enjoy so much and I feel
J. Ruby Itís always great to love what you do.
T. Thiessen Youíre absolutely right, and not a lot of people can say
that so I feel very fortunate.
J. Ruby Can you talk a bit about working on Fastlane with Peter
T. Thiessen Yes, Fastlane was another really fun, great show. It was
hard work, actually. We had a lot of stunts and a lot of long hours,
very different from White Collar for me. I know the boys, Matt and Tim
canít say that, but for me I donít work every day on that show. Fastlane
was definitely a harder show, but it was totally adrenaline, really fun,
it was great, very stylish. Stylish in the sense like White Collar, but
much more in the sense of just the drive of the stunts and things like
that. It was a great show. I was actually very sad that it went off. I
still to this day get a lot of people not understanding why FOX took it
off the air.
Moderator Our next question is from Kelly DiMarco with Series.NU.
K. DiMarco What do you think Elizabeth really thinks of Mozzie and Neal?
T. Thiessen Oh, wow. I think she thinks a lot of things. I think thereís
a part of Elizabeth that really feels a sense of, I donít want to say
the word sorry, but sheís really trying to understand Nealísó I think
she does understand it, but I think thereís a sense of her that feels
that thereís a part of him that really wants a little bit of what Peter
and Elizabeth have. I think he has such a hard time trying to gather
that, or even process that, that I think thereís a part of her that
feels bad for him because in her mind everybody deserves that, everybody
deserves to have a great relationship in their life.
And then Willie I think is just pure entertainment. I think she finds
him quite enjoyable to hang out with. I think they love the banter
between the two. I think they love to test each other. I think itís
another form of the relationship between Neal and Peter and I think you
can see that a little bit with Elizabeth and Mozzie, which is kind of
K. DiMarco How do you think Elizabeth feels about Peter working with
Neal and Mozzie? Theyíre not your normal FBI fare.
T. Thiessen Yes, I know. I think probably in the ten or so years that
theyíve been together that sheís probably seen so many types of things
that her husband has had to go through that I think she takes everything
with a grain of salt. I think thatís actually really the smartest thing
she can do.
Moderator Our next question is from Melissa Lowery with NiceGirlsTV.com.
M. Lowery I was wondering what you thought about Elizabethís career, her
chosen profession? Were you involved in deciding what she was going to
do as a career?
T. Thiessen I was completely. It was my idea, absolutely. I brought that
idea to the writers and our executive producer, Jeff Eastin. In the
original pilot she was actually put as an accountant and they didnít
like it, USA didnít care for it, so they took that out and didnít
mention what she did for a living in the pilot. If you go back you donít
even know what she does. So once it got picked up we really tried to
explore what exactly would be the best fit for her and for the show, and
they went into different arenas like being an actual probably a
psychotherapist or all different types of things. I came up with the
event coordinator only because Ė many reasons. One was I always wanted
to do that and personally if I never acted again that was what I wanted
to do for a living.
But secondly, I thought it fit really well with the city in the sense
and also just the stylish aspect of our show and also to kind of use her
at times, to bring her in, which they have used her before, with events
and things like that. Because theyíre constantly having to Ė Neal goes
in and does a whole fake thing half the time. Heís going in there
playing and portraying someone else with these big parties and these
beautiful events and things like that, and so sheís very aware of that
kind of social high life kind of thing in New York City, so I thought it
would fit really well and so far it fits great.
M. Lowery It really has. It was an unusual choice and one that I really
like because of course I am a closet event planner. It seems like it was
also kind of an interesting way for her to connect with Neal. Like you
said, itís such a stylish show, in large part because of what he chooses
T. Thiessen Right, exactly. What he wears and what he does and what he
knows about in the sense of food and wine and all that kind of stuff,
and she can definitely play into that because she knows it as well.
Moderator Our next question is from Jamie Ruby with Media Blvd.
J. Ruby You started to say how you came up with your characterís job. Do
you often stick to the script or do you sometimes improvise? Are they
real strict with that?
T. Thiessen Theyíre not actually real strict with it. Hereís the thing,
the funny thing is that the scripts are so good that we really donít
need to actually change anything. But I will say our writers are very
open to our ideas and even on the day when weíre shooting and if weíre
playing around a little bit, theyíre all always very cool about that.
Itís very collaborative. They really allow us to go both ways, and we
feel the same way with them, which makes, again, another aspect of the
show why it really works so well.
J. Ruby Do you have any other new projects besides White Collar coming
up? And also, Iíve got to ask, can you tell us if the rumor of a Saved
by the Bell reunion is ever going to happen?
T. Thiessen I donít think so on the second question. I donít think so. I
think it was really great to do that reunion last year with People
magazine and we got to see everyone Ė I definitely still talk to Mark
Paul and Elizabeth and Mario Ė but to have us all together for People
magazine last year was really fun and I think that was a reunion that we
felt was enough. Weíre all doing our own projects and doing other
things, so I donít think weíre going to see a reunion in what the public
Then those other projects, mother is definitely the newest project that
Iíve put on to my belt right now with my new almost five week old. But I
also am just starting designing a baby furniture line company, a bedding
company with a partner friend of mine, itís called Petite Nest. So itís
going to be coming out hopefully the end of this year or the first of
J. Ruby Could you tell us about something funny that happened on set?
Maybe somebody played a prank Ö some kind of funny, memorable moment.
T. Thiessen Thereís so many itís hard to pick one. Every day thereís
something funny. The guys, one of the things that they do constantly all
of the time is they break into song. Theyíre always singing and playing
around. So thatís a daily thing with them. Then any time you have scenes
with Willie youíre always laughing. The ad libs that he comes up with
and the zingers, as you would say, itís quite enjoyable and very
entertaining. Itís hard to say specifically anything, especially these
days with my baby brain, as I call it, because I canít remember anything
anymore. But itís definitely a very fun set. Itís hilarious. We do tons
Hereís one thing I do remember. We have this thing where one of the
guys, I think one of our camera operators is in love with Swedish Fish,
the candy, and we would constantly try and do a take where we would hide
a Swedish Fish somewhere in one of the episodes, in one of the scenes.
Of course it would always get caught and taken away, so I donít think
any of them made it actually to film. But we were constantly trying to
do that, whether we put it on our shirt or have it on our plate or have
it in the background somewhere or whatever. It was really funny. That
was one little thing that we used to do last year. It was just some
entertainment that we would have in between.
J. Ruby Was there ever anything that maybe got cut from the show that
you wish theyíd kept in? Or maybe something that you wish theyíd cut
T. Thiessen I donít think there was anything that I wished theyíd cut
out. I think most actors always feel that if there are scenes that are
cut, they always tend to be a little sad about that because you usually
shoot more than you need time-wise on a show, so usually itís always cut
down more and not added, even though there have been one or two episodes
I think where we did have to add stuff to the show because it was
definitely too short. But most of the time the shows were longer and so
they had to be cut.
I do remember that there was one scene, it wasnít so much that it was
cut, it was changed. It was a scene between Peter and I where, and Iím
trying to remember the episode again and with the baby brain Iím not
going to remember the title of the episode, but it was a scene where it
was, it correlated with the episode with Diahann Carrollís granddaughter
and it was a scene where after the park, at the very end of the episode
where Peter finishes his Ö, heís supposed to run up and meet me in a
cafť and weíre supposed to play this banter where we donít know each
We ended up having to change it and put it in our home, and to me it
worked beautifully and no one would notice the difference between the
original way it was written and how it was supposed to be at a cafť, and
it was so beautiful. I think we both were a little sad that we couldnít
pull it off. But again I prefaced that no one would know the difference
and the scene turned out just as great in our minds because we knew
where it was supposed to take place and how it ended up was very
different. Stuff like that happens all the time, though.
J. Ruby Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to get into acting?
T. Thiessen Really think long and hard if itís something you want to do.
Look, any career if youíre that passionate about it and you really want
to do it, then you should go for it, absolutely. I will say itís one of
the hardest businesses, from what Iíve been told, even though itís the
only business Iíve been doing my whole life. But knowing other people
trying to break into it, I hear itís one of the hardest businesses to
It makes sense, especially these days with our economy changing so much,
thereís not as much TV being made and thereís a lot more reality these
days, and not as many films being made. I find a lot of my friends who
have been acting their whole lives having a hard time finding jobs these
days. Itís a tough time right now for everybody, which is why I feel
very fortunate to have a great job right now.
But again, going back into the passionate aspect of it, if itís
something that youíre extremely passionate about, I think you should
always follow your heart and always follow your dreams. My parents
taught me that at a young age and I think itís so true.
Moderator Our next question is from Kelly DiMarco with Series.NU.
K. DiMarco Do you ever join in the chorus on set?
T. Thiessen I donít think theyíd want me to. The funny thing is, and
Willie doesnít really either that much, but he does every now and then,
but Matt and Tim actually have a lot of theater background, so they
actually have good voices. Itís very different to play around like that
when you have a good voice and then someone like me who doesnít have a
good voice at all. Iím there to listen and laugh.
K. DiMarco Whatís a typical day on the set like for you? Give us an idea
of what itís like.
T. Thiessen Last year was just I would come in to work, makeup and hair.
My average is I would work two to three days a week at the most, because
Iím a supporting character, like Ö character. But this year is going to
be very different. This year is going to be juggling a new baby on set,
having to go back and forth from working from the actual set to the
dressing room to make sure the little oneís okay and nursing and all of
those kinds of things. So itís going to be a very different season this
year for me.
Moderator Christine Kovar with Maverick Media, please go ahead.
C. Kovar If you could press shuffle on your iPod or iPhone right now
which song would you be most embarrassed if it came on?
T. Thiessen Oh, gosh. Most embarrassed.
C. Kovar Youíd lie about how it got there.
T. Thiessen If I had such a good memory, these days itís so bad. Iím
trying to think. I would say any of my old 70s and 80s, I canít think of
one specific one, isnít that terrible?
C. Kovar I have Russian Pop.
T. Thiessen Nice. Thatís actually a really great one. I was totally in
love with the Go Goís. I was such an í80s girl, so even New Kids on the
Block, that would probably be a little embarrassing maybe.
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