DGA Theater and Le Parker Meridien. June 2, 2009. By Bennett Marcus
Now that you play Nurse Jackie, would you make a good nurse in reality?
“I actually would be, yes. I have no difficulty with that stuff. I’m fascinated by it. I can’t tell you why … I’m sure it says all kinds of neurotic things.”
Have you ever gone to work high, like Nurse Jackie?
“Of course not. I can barely work sober.”
—LL Cool J
Have you ever had sex at work, like Nurse Jackie?
“There’s nobody sleeping with anybody at The Daily Show. There’s no sex.”
What about other places?
“Oh yes. When I work in the theater, I never stop fucking.”
You play a doctor who wears Manolo Blahnik heels to work in the show. Do you have a shoe fetish?
“They’re good for your legs when you’re having a fat day.”
Nurse Jackie has an affair with someone at work in the show. Did you ever have a work romance?
“Of course I did! I worked at the Metropolitan Opera hanging coats. Who didn’t have sex there?”
Since you play a vampire in Twilight, do fans ever ask you to bite their necks?
“They do. But that’s just silliness and I think it’s offensive to my wife.”
Nurse Jackie is addicted to painkillers. Have you regretted anything you've done while on medication?
“I probably didn’t remember it. And if I did, I’m not going to tell you.”
Your character in the show gets stoned by accident. How did you prepare for that scene?
“You won’t believe me, but I did, you know, Wikipedia the drug, and I talked to people who took it. And then there we were.”
—Anna Deavere Smith
How do you define a Showtime character?
“We love these characters that kind of live right on the edge of respectability or right over the edge of respectability, but have the ability to have the viewer not punish them for it.”
—Matt Blank, CEO of Showtime