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Harry's Law Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

Jean Smart

This is an interview with Jean Smart on October 31, 2011 about the show Harry's Law.

Question:
Could you talk a little bit about the chemistry between Roseanna and Ollie?

Jean Smart:
There's a little friction there. It's been inferred that they had a little fling at one time. And maybe neither one of them are too proud of it. But they get some of these sort of spar with each other a little bit about that. I don't know if she's proud of that fact. I mean I know she's married so it may have caught her in a extremely weak moment. I don't think she's attracted.

Question:
What do you think it is about Harry's Law that has it such tune in worthy show?

Jean Smart:
I have always wanted to work on a David Kelly show. So I was just thrilled because I just like the way he uses the language. And he's got a terrific cast with, really interesting, really talented actors. Cassie's characters are very unusual especially for television. She's not always the most likeable person in Harry and she's kind of a grouchy curmudgeon and she smokes marijuana and she gets stressed out. And she so she's not you typical hero.

Maybe they brought me on to make her look nice by comparison. But I just think that he's written a show about a person who sort of has been in trouble in a depression but someone who does actually really, really care. They really, really care about what they do. They really, really care about their clients a lot. And so that's all sort of in spite of her other attributes. But she loves what she does. So she's back.

Question:
What do you like about playing such a strong character like Roseanna opposite such a strong actress like Kathy?

Jean Smart:
Working with Kathy, I've always been a fan. And I had never met her or worked with her before so I was really looking forward to that. And we have a nice relationship. Incredibly we both we both take it seriously.

Question:
What was it that drew you to the role of Roseanna?

Jean Smart:
I was offered for the role and I was really, really excited because as I mentioned before, I've always, always wanted to speak David Kelley's words. But I'm just having fun because she's sort of the woman you love to hate, you know. She's so ruthless and I just find her amusing. But in this episode that's coming up Wednesday night, she actually sits down in the bar and briefly and has a drink with Kathy's character which is kind of fun. And you sort of get a little tiny glimpse underneath her facade. And you kind of see a little bit what makes her tick. And I just think it's a great episode. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one.

Question:
What do you think drives your character most?

Jean Smart:
I think between some of her personal issues which we get a little glimpse of Wednesday night, I think she really does feel like she's doing something very, very important. And in this episode she feels a little bit betrayed by someone in her own procession. But it's true. I mean she's extreme. She's like a pit bull. It's something between jaws, you know. She'll say and do anything to get what she wants and what she needs.

I just find it funny that when we watch all these big high profile trials on TV, it's always for the most part it's the prosecutors that we're rooting for. And we kind of tend to have some disdain for the defense team. And I just find it odd that on television almost all the time the prosecutors are the bad guys and the defense team are the good guys. At least I find that interesting. So I'm a good guy darn it.

Question:
What are the biggest lessons you've learned professionally and do you and Ms. Bates share stories about your years working as actresses?

Jean Smart:
I feel fortunate because I had not really been typecast and I've gotten to do an enormous variety of things which I'm very grateful for. Kathy and I actually knew this going in. But we had so many mutual friends that we had never met or worked together. So it's sort of been fun. Everyone once in a while I'll walk in and I'll give her a big hug and a kiss and I'll say that's from so and so. Everybody has clients that I'm working with and say, "Please, please tell her I said hi. Give her a hug. Give her a kiss." And it's really been old home week for her and the two of us. From New York theater mostly.

Question:
You've done comedy, you've done drama. What do you prefer to do and what's been your favorite character to play over the years?

Jean Smart:
This one is right up there. It's probably so far one of the most fulfilling parts I've done since 24 definitely. Twenty-four was very experimental. Oh there's a couple comedies I've done that I could have done for a long time and loved. I did a show called Style and Substance, which was truth be told sort of a little Martha Stewart in a loving way I think. But it was one of my favorite characters that I ever played. This is going to be right up there. And Designing Women of course. I loved playing that character. I'd actually like to play that character sort of like that again.

Question:
You're such a timeless person, I wanted to know some of your beauty secrets that make you always look amazing?

Jean Smart:
I don't have much of a regimen that I do. I'm always kind of horrified lately when I see myself on camera. I think oh, good Lord knows like that and especially since high def film has arrived. That 's been taking a huge getting used to put it mildly. I have to give most of the credit to hair and makeup artists that really most of it do to the DP, the Director of Photography.

Especially on Harry's Law he is a very bright, very energetic extremely caring young man who makes sure that a little unnerving sometimes and he always walks over and gets about three inches from your face and is inspecting you all over and holding up his hand and yelling orders to people for bring in this light, shut off that light, bring in more every year it's like more equipment for you. It's all about lighting. You know that yourself probably looking in your mirror you have certain mirrors in certain places and you look ten years older or ten years younger. It's all lighting. But I do use something religiously. It's my only thing that I always do religiously. Sunscreen.

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