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Love Bites Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

Constance Zimmer and Greg Grunberg

This is an interview with Constance Zimmer (Colleen Rouscher) and Greg Grunberg (Judd Rouscher) on May 25, 2011 about the show Love Bites.

Question:
What drew you to this series?

Greg Grunberg:
I've been wanting to do a comedy forever. And truth be told, I have talked about it with friends and also with Constance for a long time. I got so lucky that I got to work with Constance. I have been a fan of hers forever. And I know it sounds like I'm patting her on the back and just saying this now and she knows, we have always wanted to work together. We have that, kind of, ease and just timing and chemistry that is hard to come by without hanging out with somebody and knowing them for a long time.

And we didn't know each other for a long time. I love her work. Through mutual friends, we have always said, God it would be great to work together. And we were shocked that we had never worked together. And then Marc Buckland, Shelley McCrory, Working Title, NBC all these elements, for me, they drew me to it. I really have always wanted to do a comedy and something I could be very real in, not shticky and something where I regret how I say a punch line or even that has a punch line. I just wanted it to be very real. And that's what Constance is, that's her acting. That's the way she does things. So it was great. I loved every second of this. I hope, and we've talked about this, I hope we get to work together for a very long time.

Constance Zimmer:
Now let me just say the reason why I was drawn to the project. It had nothing to do with Greg Grunberg. So, this is a little awkward. I feel a little weird about saying that.

Greg Grunberg:
I just emailed you a script. Why are you going off script?

Constance Zimmer:
It was funny because it was kind of the reason why not to do it because there was every reason in the world to do it. The fact that it was vignettes and that everybody, every story line gets their own, you almost get little mini movies in every one hour episode. So Greg and I got to have 15 minute movies within a TV show. We got to live in these worlds as opposed to it being more fragmented. And so, I really loved that. And I loved that it was a one hour comedy.

Those don't exist very often. And being based on ???Love, American Style??? and coming from Cindy Chupack as far as her brain and her idea. Even though we, kind of, lost her, she still was there and wrote a couple of scripts. And it was really, kind of, cool characters, people that you don't get to see on television very often that are, like what Greg was saying, very real, very relatable, dealing with problems and struggles but finding the humor in it. And that was so exciting for me to be able to do. And Greg and I got to have tattoos.

Greg Grunberg:
Yes, that was fun.

Constance Zimmer:
When it comes down to it, you're like, Oh my God, I get to work with amazing people. And I get to have tattoos and I get to be funny.

Greg Grunberg:
I got to put Constance's tattoos on every day in the morning. So I got there early. And I did it with an old wooden stick that was kind of dirty. It was the old Indian way. And I would tap ink in, tap, tap, tap, tap. It was really fun.

Constance Zimmer:
Yes. It was a little awkward but fun.

Question:
So Constance, you've done comedy roles in the past. Are you more comfortable doing these?

Constance Zimmer:
I come from comedy and it's just so weird that I did so many sitcoms at the beginning of my career. And then everybody said, oh wow you're going to have a tough time moving over into drama. And then right after ???Good Morning, Miami,??? I was on a one hour drama called ???Injustice.??? And then I never got to do another comedy again. And it was - I - it was the weirdest thing because I was like, wait how did this happen? So, I mean, I love that I've been given the chance to do both. But, yes, I mean, I definitely my home, I feel like, is in comedy. And I love it because I like to be crazy and wacky and, you know - being, like, dramatic and crying is always like, well come on I can do that at home.

Greg Grunberg:
We both worked on ???Felicity??? without working together.

Constance Zimmer:
No we didn't. No because I was only in the Pilot episode. I always would lean towards a comedy over a drama? And the greatest thing about this show that I can say across the board for everybody that was on the show, not even just us, but you got to do both. You got to be real and bring in the drama and then - but it always had a light flair to it, which is life. We we want to watch shows nowadays that we can relate to or that we can just, kind of, disappear into. I don't I don't want to watch shows about people dying or killing each other. You know I see enough of that.

Greg Grunberg:
The other cool thing about this show, which I found really attractive was that I was a fan of this formula and this kind of show like ???Love, American Style??? was years ago. It's like Constance says there's three different stories every week. Two of them are with familiar characters, Becki Newton who is a genius and beautiful. And she's got that, sort of, ???Sex in the City??? story going. She wants to fall in love desperately. And she's living that, kind of, cool, hip lifestyle but down deep really just wants to fall in love. And she's got all these characters around her.

And then the middle story could be anything. I mean, one week we have a gay couple and one of their parents is coming into town and they have to deal with the fact that they're a little homophobic. Frances Conroy and Kurtwood Smith are in that episode. And then we have another episode where Beau Bridges is in and he's incredible. So you've got these great actors coming through.

And then our story, which to be perfectly honest, the show could be called Judd and Colleen or Colleen and Judd. We steal the show. Let me just tell you right now. Look at the promos. It's pretty obvious. We steal the show.

Constance Zimmer:
Wait a minute, only the promos that I'm in though.

Greg Grunberg:
You steal the end of the promos, Constance.

Constance Zimmer:
Yes. There you go.

Greg Grunberg:
It's really a fun thing because, kind of like the way ???Heroes??? was where there are enough characters if you don't love one of the characters, you're going to be like, okay whatever - or not love. If you don't identify with one, you'll identify with someone else. Jon and Tracy were so brilliant, Jon Kinnally and Tracy Poust, they were so brilliant in how they wove the stories together where we would pass Constance and I were in a restaurant at the same time that another one of the characters from another story were having dinner at that restaurant too. So that was the only scene that we, kind of, passed.

And they were very creative in how they tied us together but gave us enough space to have our own little, you know mini movie every week. Hopefully people are going to identify with our - this couple and say, oh (I'm like), I've been through that. We're just trying to keep our relationship spiced up and alive.

Question:
When did you actually shoot the Pilot? And when did you actually finish the episodes?

Greg Grunberg:
I booked this pilot right after my Bar Mitzvah, I was 13. Let me just put it this way, I had to go and refresh my memory on some of this stuff. This is the nature of TV, we're looking back going, wait a minute, when did we shoot this? I don't know the exact dates. Constance, do you remember?

Constance Zimmer:
I wasn't in the original pilot. I came on when it started shooting, which was last year. I want to say August or September of last year. And then we shot through December of last year. So we're like six months delayed. But for us, we thought the show was never going to air. So I think it's so exciting that people are actually going to see all the hard work that we've put into these shows. That's so exciting. And you know what, to be honest, I looked some much younger. It's fantastic that it's airing a little bit later.

Greg Grunberg:
Exactly.

Question:
Constance, did you step into the Jordana Spiro roll? Is that the role that you stepped into?

Constance Zimmer:
No. That's very sweet. I love that you think that I stepped in for, like, the 20 year old. No, I actually. I stepped in for Pam Adlon, who you can see in the pilot. She actually just wasn't available for the series. So when it did go to series, they did need to recast that part. But Pam Adlon was in the pilot as Greg's wife, Colleen. So that's who I stepped in for in the show.

Greg Grunberg:
It was a good news, bad news call that I had. It was good news she's not available, bad news, Constance is. It was weird.

Constance Zimmer:
Whoa, wait a minute I think that was the opposite.

Greg Grunberg:
Yes it was opposite.

Constance Zimmer:
You should say that the opposite way.

Greg Grunberg:
Sorry, you're right.

Question:
Constance, the setting is Venice Beach and you, kind of know that turf, right? I mean, you grew up in California. You grew up in beach side towns. Is it a place you visited when you were a kid, things like that?

Constance Zimmer:
I actually was raised in Santa Monica and Newport Beach. And then I did live in Venice as an adult. It was great. I think the idea of us as a couple being set in Venice was so great because Venice is a part of California, LA that people don't really get to see inside of. I mean, we shot a lot of our scenes in the canals. And there was a bunch of actors that didn't even know that the canals existed in Venice.

Greg Grunberg:
Yes and they're beautiful.

Constance Zimmer:
So to be able to show that area to people who are going to watch the show, which is hopefully millions of viewers, it was great. On Entourage, I think what draws people a lot to that show is being able to see an insider's view of Los Angeles. So with Love Bites, it's great because you have one section of California, which is Venice. And we're really getting into, like, tattoo parlors and walking on the boardwalk and seeing the beach. And real locations are a great way to bring people in.

And then you have Becki's storyline, which is New York. And you're getting to see bits and pieces of New York. And then the middle storyline is anywhere in the world, which is really a nice way to kind of, get to see different cities but in one show. And so fun.

Greg Grunberg:
You're right. They did such a good job of it. Every pilot that I've done, it's always, we're going to show New York in a way no one has ever seen it. Or we're going to show LA in a way and it never really happens. They really are staying true to, in our storyline, what the grittiness. And, like, Constance says it's very interesting how they use it.

It's almost like there's another character or really to set a tone for and distinguish our storyline from the others. It was a lot of fun to do. I grew in LA. And Venice boardwalk, by the way. My Dad used to manufacture leotards. He was a clothing manufacturer and he had leotards and exercise wear and stuff. And so he'd have, like, a ton of samples he would give to me. And I would sell them on the boardwalk with all those vendors to make money on Saturdays and Sundays. I played paddle tennis. I grew up on Venice boardwalk. I mean, I literally was down there all the time.

Constance Zimmer:
Wait so is that the picture that someone has of you in a leotard and a tutu? Are you actually selling that leotard?

Greg Grunberg:
No. No. That's not something we're supposed to be talking about.

Constance Zimmer:
Oh, sorry. I'm sorry. Sorry.

Greg Grunberg:
That was just for you.

Constance Zimmer:
That's a different show.

Greg Grunberg:
What do you mean someone has? It's on your computer. Are you kidding me? But I used to sell leotards down there. So when we were shooting down there, I told Steve Talley, who plays my buddy. I remember telling him, I'm like right here along this fence I used to put up a string and hang the samples and sell leotards. I have all these other crazy business now so nothing has changed. But that area, I did grow up in too. I never ran into Constance. I wish I had.

Question:
We've talked about why you wanted to be involved with the show itself, but what was it about your particular characters that drew you to them?

Greg Grunberg:
For me, I hate to generalize but having tattoos, being that guy it's a character I haven't played yet. I mean, on ???Alias??? and ???Heroes??? it's very serious stuff. Judd Rouscher he loves his wife. They have a great, great relationship. But he'll throw himself into something. He'll see something and just goes in without realizing the consequences or the fact that he's in over his head and he can't handle it. There's constantly characters coming in to the tattoo place that, one in particular, this truck driver who leads us into another story. But I just loved being a married couple but not a traditional married couple in the sense, it's not like we swing or have an open relationship or anything. We are just a fun couple. We just trust each other. There's an ease to it.

And, again, the comedy aspect is really what attracted me and the people involved. Marc Buckland is a genius, both for drama and comedy. He's got a new show called ???Grim.??? I did a show years ago called ???The Jake Effect??? with Jason Bateman that Shelley McCrory was also involved in when she was at NBC. But Marc was the show runner on that with Jonathan Groff who has ???Happy Endings??? now. Over the years you work with people and Bucky brought me in as a guest star on this originally. And I had so much fun. And I was lucky enough that everyone at NBC liked my stuff so much and said, hey why don't you stick around? And that's how my thing evolved.

Constance Zimmer:
And I know for me as far as the character Colleen goes, you know she wasn't even very hashed out when they approached me to do the show. And so what was really great was I actually was able to have a one hour phone call with Cindy. And we talked about the things that we want to see on television, the things that aren't being expressed.

And me coming from a long line of playing very strong kind of bitchy characters, the first thing I said was I really would like to get away from those types of characters. So I wanted to make Colleen a strong woman who had her own ideals and her own lifestyle. But she's real. She's not a bitch. She's the girl - stop it. She's the girl that the guys want to hang out with. And she's also the girl that girl's like. So there's so much fun in playing those kinds of characters because you can play both sides.

Greg Grunberg:
You're also smoking hot. Guys want to hang out with you but guys also want to sleep with. Come on. You're so sexy and funny. Jeez. My God. We need ratings okay Constance. We need ratings. Come on.

Constance Zimmer:
Yes, I'm in my bra and underwear a lot on this show, which made me very nervous. That is not why I wanted to do the show. But it was good. It made me work out a lot.

Question:
You've mentioned before you've got the three vignettes and there's some sort of connection between them. How is that going to work?

Greg Grunberg:
It changes from episode to episode.

Constance Zimmer:
Yes, I mean it could be something as subtle as one of the characters, two of the characters are watching a video about how to bake banana bread with some girl that they're lusting over. And then the girl that's in the video ends up being in one of the other storylines.

Greg Grunberg:
There's another episode where Colleen, Constance's character's cousin comes to stay with us and he's also tied to Becki's character in New York. So there are different ways that they do it. And like I Said, there's that scene where we cross with Beau Bridges and that whole storyline at a restaurant. And it's interesting how they did that. But it's subtle. And the other thing, by the way, I have to say that's really cool about the show is that there are these great guest stars that come in. Like, Donald Faison, I worked with on ???Felicity???. He's a genius. He comes in.

Jeffrey Tambor, that was a dream of mine. I get to literally check off Jeffrey Tambor on my list. I got to work with him. He's on my list with Henry Winkler and the other people that I've always wanted to work with. And so it was constantly that kind of thing. Kurtwood Smith played my father in a pilot I did for NBC years ago. To work with him again, it was like, oh man. It was just so much fun every week. And I think that's going to translate to the show. The show is a surprise. And it's kind of an embarrassment of comedy riches because literally every week, you're like, oh I love that person.

And then you're never going to see them again, you know. You're going to, hopefully, love our characters and want to see us every week. It's an anthology. You can go take a pee and come on back. Go bake some popcorn, come on back. It's okay. You don't have to follow the show. You know, if you miss an episode, you can - you know, hopefully, you watch it on Hulu or you DVR it or go to NBC.com and catch up. You don't have to have watched every episode. They're all insulated little bites, hence the name of the show.

Question:
Do you have a story from your personal life that you would like to see as one of the vignettes on the show?

Constance Zimmer:
You mean if the show is a huge hit and they want to pick us up to Season 2?

Greg Grunberg:Constance Zimmer:
To be honest, what I would like to see as a vignette because something that I know that we had talked about that they wanted to do on the show was Greg and Colleen don't have kids. And so, when I originally was talking to Cindy about some ideas I had said what I would really love to see is a surprise pregnancy because that's, kind of, what happened to me.

You know, I got pregnant very shockingly. And I wasn't supposed to get pregnant. And then I did randomly. And it was like this miracle, you know. Doctors were like, I don't know what's wrong with you. So I do feel like nowadays we're all having kids at a later age. And I think it's affecting people in different and better ways. And I think that what would be a great story line is to, kind of, see this couple who is very set in their ways and they're fun and they really are living life, to show them, you know - have a surprise pregnancy and show the wonder of having a child, everybody always thinks, oh your life is over. And oh you can't do this and you can't do that. But I don't think it's true.

I think having a child actually ends up enriching your life and making your life better. And I think it would be, kind of, great to show that especially with these characters because they're all about dealing with real issues in real ways and finding the comedy and the love of it the love of the fight, the love of the argument. And so for me, that would be something I think it would be awesome to show because I do think it makes such a good change in people's lives.

Greg Grunberg:
Yes. It would be also be fun to see how a kid because I have three boys and that's everything. There's nothing else that's important in the world but your family and your kids. I think we all realize that you can tell people that but until they have kids, and, of course, we're now taking the show on a direction that John and Tracy are like, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

But I think for a couple that are really into themselves, they love each other and they love the stuff they get to do together, to all the sudden be given a child and realize, wait a minute we are kind of selfish people. Can we adjust our life like I remember you have to just adjust your life. And then you realize how beautiful and incredible that is. That would be a fun thing to see, even if we were just babysitting, you know.

Constance Zimmer:
Then maybe you should tell them of the story you want to do as a vignette is the story behind the photo of you in the leotard and the tutu.

Question:
Greg, television audiences know you from ???Heros,??? ???Alias,??? and shows like that but not comedy. Do you think audiences will relate to you okay with that?

Greg Grunberg:
I think so. I've always been accused of that of being the, kind of, every man. And when I'm out if I'd say 99% of the people don't recognize me by name. They say, they're like, of you're that guy. Or we went to church together. And I'm like, no, no. But hopefully they will just find me equally as relatable, you know. And hopefully, this couple they'll find, which I found.

Constance Zimmer:
You do. That's what Greg and I, I think what we were talking about at the beginning of the call is like, there was something that happened when Greg and I got together. We're, kind of, like, the male and female version of each other, which is nice. And you just don't - it's like lighting in a bottle. What I think we found is the characters are relatable. And that was what was so important to us is to be people that you can watch and go through the struggles and the highs and the lows with.

And that was really important to us. And I do think because Greg and I on the street people come up to us and they think they're our friends because the characters we do play are people who are like your friend Joe or your friend Susie or your friend whoever. And I think Becki brings that to the show as well. But we want - it's like, everybody wants to like the people you're watching, whether they're right or whether they're wrong.

Greg Grunberg:
They're in your living room every week.

Constance Zimmer:
Yes.

Question:
Greg, do you and your wife ever discuss a celebrity exemption list, such as it happens in the pilot even as a hypothetical?

Greg Grunberg:
Yes. Yes. Oh God what's her name? I forgot her name now. Wow, that's crazy. I could ask my wife. She's here right now. I don't know about celebrity exemption list. If my wife tells me that Bradley Cooper is cute one more time... And Bradley's a really good friend, so that's makes it even worse.

We've never had that thing where you literally have a hall pass. But everybody jokes about it. And my character in the pilot gets into that situation. It's like one of those things where you go, wait a minute, I know you joke about this all the time. But there's Jennifer Love Hewitt. She's beautiful. She's on your list. You've talked about it a million times. You'll never get her. You're the average guy, whatever.

And now you find yourself sitting in first class. What do you do? And then she says I've always wanted to do it on an airplane. I'll meet you in the bathroom, goes into the back, do you follow her? Do you act on it? What do you do? And that conflict is, like, the best thing ever. And I think that's what people are really relating to. And it's those kind of situations by the way, that we get into. We have a whole episode all about fantasizing during sex.

And Colleen, Constance, tells me that she fantasizes about firemen. And I fantasize about a Barista. And and it turns out to be the Barista that we go to at our coffee place in Venice. And she's like, wait a minute, it's a real person. You know, so it changes everything. So, it's interesting how we all touch - you know, in our daily lives, we deal with this stuff. We don't take it to the lengths that we do on the show. But that's what fun to watch.

Question:
Constance, are you going back to ???Entourage??? at all this year for the final season?

Constance Zimmer:
Yes, I am. I'm actually in half the season this year. We only have eight episodes. And I'm in half of them. And it's a doozy. It's a doozy this year. I'm, kind of, excited to everybody to see it.

Question:
Greg I wanted to ask the obligatory ???Heroes??? reunion question. Could comment on that at all?

Greg Grunberg:
We just had a reunion lunch. You should have come by. It was amazing. I was trying to read my BLT's mind. In passing we talk about it. It's really up to Tim and up to the network. It doesn't make any sense to me why NBC would not do a movie to close this out. It makes financial sense. It makes business sense. It could be sold all over the world. Everybody wants to know how these characters end. The longer we wait, the more disinterested everyone becomes. I don't know if Tim has time. He wrote an incredible pilot. And Kiefer Sutherland is doing it. I think it's mid-season for another network. But I just think it's one of those things where everything has to align.

Constance Zimmer:
Yes, you're going to be too busy. You're going to be too busy shooting second season of ???Love Bites.???

Greg Grunberg:
who knows? I mean, it's, again, one of those things that everything has to fall into place. But I would certainly love to do it. And I know a bunch of the other out-of-work, I mean, actors, would love to do it too.

Question:
Constance, I know you just spoke about ???Entourage.??? Can you talk a little bit more about what we'll see this season? And I think it's the last season what it's been like to film that?

Constance Zimmer:
Yes. Well, it's only eight episodes. And it being the final season, they're, kind of, bringing out the whole circuit. So it's been great. I'm sad to see it go. But there will be a movie. And that's going to be very exciting. And I think the way the series ends this season is going to be a very good setting for a movie. So maybe that's what we need to do. The nine episodes of ???Love Bites??? will be a perfect amount to just launch it into a movie. And then we can we'll have Working Title who did ???Love Actually.??? This is just like a TV version of ???Love Actually.???

Greg Grunberg:
Exactly. Change one name, I mean one word. That's all.

Constance Zimmer:
Exactly.

Greg Grunberg:
Take out actually. Put bites in. If anybody wants to see a ???Heroes??? reunion movie, they need to email Leslie Schwartz at NBC. And she'll take care of everything.

Question:
Could you talk about other things that you're working on and just other projects you might have coming up?

Constance Zimmer:
Well I did a pilot, which did not get picked up, which is really exciting to talk about that I had actually done with Rob Riggle. And Mark Wahlberg was one of the producers. We all sat through the exciting times of waiting to see if your show is picked up.

I just finished a play. I did a play called ???Girls Talk??? that was written and directed by Roger Kumble, who wrote and directed ???Cruel Intentions,??? among some of his films. And they might be bringing the play to New York, which is kind of exciting. So we might be doing that next year in New York. And then, in the meantime, I'm just working on ???Entourage??? and then waiting for my big break, just waiting for that phone call.

Greg Grunberg:
I did a pilot called ???Big Mike??? for A&E. And I'm waiting to hear if that gets picked up. A&E, I think, has 14 years to let you know. So we'll see. Hopefully, I'll find out soon. But meanwhile, I have to say it's an interesting position that we're in. Oh, and then I've been doing other projects, Yowza again. Let me plug my app. It's free. Download Yowza.

Anyway, the other thing that is weird about this whol show is that ???Love Bites,??? let me tell you and Constance and I have both been on many shows, is really good and really funny. And it was on the schedule at NBC. We were announced at the up fronts. And it was like this big thing. And then it just didn't fit in. You know, Constance got pregnant.

Constance Zimmer:
No Becki not me. Not me. Becki got pregnant.

Greg Grunberg:
I'm sorry. Becki got pregnant. So they had to write that into the story. And our show runner ended up taking a producurial position instead of a show running position. So there were a couple of things. And it just didn't fit into that schedule at NBC. Right now we're about to go on and I'm hoping it's a huge hit. It's been one of the most gratifying things and fun things I have ever worked on. And, again, Constance has a lot to do with that. I just want this to work. So, hopefully, fingers crossed this will work. I mean I love to work. And I love ???Big Mike??? too. But this was a blast.

Question:
Can you tell us a little bit more about some of the dynamics of marriage that we're going to see between Colleen and Judd on the show?

Constance Zimmer:
Yes. I know the one that I can talk about a lot, which is one of my favorite storylines is the idea of getting old. And we struggle so much about what's cool, what's hip, who's too young, who's too old these days. And Judd and Colleen are faced with the idea that they're not hip anymore, that they're not cool anymore. And what does that mean, you know today? Without giving too much of it away, they come up with an idea of watch we're going to have a Sunday fun day.

The Sunday fun day - and it's just all about embracing where you are in your life and where you are in your relationships, whether you're married, whether you're not married and enjoying it and being happy with everywhere you are in life, like every place, every age, kid, no kids single, divorced, whatever. And I know for them in that particular episode, it was a really nice arc to see them struggle with it and then in the end of the episode to realize that they're perfectly happy exactly where they are and how they live their life And that was a really fun episode, I think, for everybody involved because Greg and I that was the best episode to shoot too.

Greg Grunberg:
And for me, it's just there's so many different elements. And there's an endless number of elements actually that come into play to make every relationship work. And ours is no different. There's who's in charge of the house? And I used to eat anything I wanted. Now my wife is telling me you're fat, don't eat that and blah, blah, blah. You have to adjust constantly to making it work and making it great. And most of these episodes we do resolve it with I love you so much. And we don't even have to do that. I look at Constance, she looks at me and you just get that.

You're like, oh these guys are great together. So it was fun to just deal with - you know, even though we do have a great story every week, there's also that element of it's just very real. It's it's just keeping it together and keeping it spiced up. And like Constance says I'm a tattoo artist. She makes jewelry. You know, we're doing some cool, hip stuff. And we're living in a, kind of, a cool area of the world in Venice Beach and stuff. But we're still just an old married couple at times.

Constance Zimmer:
Yes. And also what's nice about the show is everybody is dealing with, like, ???love??? in different ways. So whether it's the love of a father and son or a mother and son or whether it's the love of sister and brother or whether it's the love of a couple that's been together for 50 years or a couple that's been together for six months.

Greg Grunberg:
Or a woman and her vibrator there's that love too. There is a story about that.

Constance Zimmer:
I think that's why the what is the great through line of the show is that it really shows the challenges and the embarrassment and the joy of love and even if it is for a vibrator because that's embarrassing. But, yet, it's challenging and it's joyful.

Question:
What are some of your favorite moments you've had so far from filming ???Love Bites????

Constance Zimmer:
Well I think I'll go back and say again that I think one of my favorite shows was the Sunday fun day because it was very hard but it was probably one of the funniest times because we got to be stoned TV stoned. But there's nothing better than just getting to play happy and giddy and completely ridiculous all day long over and over and over again.

Greg Grunberg:
What I loved about that episode in particular, Constance, was that, like, Constance is the kind of actress that always does something different. Like, every episode, every take you're like, oh my God. It just kept me on the ball, kept me going. And that's the most interesting thing. When an actor does the same thing over and over again, kind of like the way I act, it can get repetitive.

Look, when you want to get better in basketball, you play with somebody who is better than you. For me, it was like, working with Constance and working with the other actors on this show, they brought people in that we were like, oh this is awesome, you know. You know Frances Conroy, holy crap. You never knew what to expect. You never knew what was going to come out of her mouth. And it was always real and fun and, it was just full of surprises. And they were fun surprises. And I do not envy the editors of this show because it's an embarrassment of riches. There are so many great moments. And you have to cut stuff out. You can't have a four hour episode.

Constance Zimmer:
Yes. And I will say too it was fun all the guest stars that would come in because you were like, oh my God, they're coming on our show. Like, they're coming to work with us as opposed to I'm so used to going on their shows. Like Greg had mentioned working with Jeffrey Tambor and when had Ken Jeong who I had seen in ???The Hangover.??? And I was like who is that guy? He is brilliant. And then all the sudden he was on our show. And we were like, oh hi. And Beau Bridges you're at these table reads and it's Beau Bridges. And you're like, wait a minute, hi I'm a fan and you're actually on our show. That made any taping of any one of our episodes so exciting who they were able to get on the show.

Greg Grunberg:
So the table reads, it was such a surprise. I remember a bunch of times where I would read the script and go, oh this is funny. But I want to see who is going to play this and what they're going to do to bring it up to the level. And I forgot the actor who stars in ???Psych.??? He's on the show.

Question:
James today?

Greg Grunberg:
Yes, James today. And he's a genius. Seeing him at the table read, seeing Beau Bridges at the table read, seeing Ben Feldman. He was brilliant. So to be at the table read and then see these guys do their stuff and then I'd look over at Constance and she'd look at me like, wow. Like, this is our show, how lucky are we that we get to work with these great people.

Constance Zimmer:
Yes, it was great.

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