I don’t know if you guys have been taking my advice and checking out the FX series, “Damages,” but you really should be. Do you you enjoy my arguing style? Clearly, I missed my calling as a lawyer. And I was lucky enough to have a chance to chat with the star of the show, Rose Byrne, in my first phone interview. Forgive my clumsy stab at actual journalism and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at “Damages.”
QUESTION: So, working face-to-face with Glenn Close, I know, has got to be extremely intimidating, but also very thrilling. What would you say has been the most rewarding and challenging aspects of this partnership?
BYRNE: Mostly, I guess it’s just sounding off when you’re working with someone who is so great, you know, obviously. But I think it just makes you a better actor because you’ve really got to step up to the plate, and it makes you deliver, you know, so you can hit the ball back over the net. So it’s all good – good stuff. It’s all great. And she’s just wonderful to watch and learn, to see how she kind of works, and how she breaks a scene down and how she communicates. And there’s only really positive stuff about it.
Check out the Lisa’s full interview with Rose Byrne after the jump…
QUESTION: How did you originally become involved with the project?
BYRNE: It was around for a while. I’d heard about it, and then I was unavailable. I did “28 Weeks Later,” and then we finished that and it was still around. So I kind of went in and auditioned. I’d been watching a lot of American TV at the time. I’m a big fan of “Rescue Me” and “Big Love” and “The Sopranos,” so I had wanted to do a series if it was good, you know. I was totally up for it. And then this kind of came around again. So it was kind of serendipitous.
QUESTION: I’m – you had mentioned earlier that one of the visualized symbols that are being dealt with in the series – the capitalism in the United States. And one of the major themes that I noticed, especially because you’re both female leads, and both portraying great, strong, female characters, is the issue of family versus career. And I know, especially in the United States, it seems like, you know, we’re in the age where you find a lot of women realizing that maybe they aren’t going to be fully successful in the way they’d like to be in one if they’re going to be in the other. I just wanted to know how you see your character dealing with those – with those issues.
BYRNE: I mean, at the moment, I guess she’s not in the position right now to start a family, my character. But, definitely, with this – you know, with her fiancÃ©, I think their relationship is really tested, it will be tested during the first season as to, you know, whether it’s going to be – whether it’ll survive or not. Because the job is just so all-consuming. But it’s a great thing to be explored, you know, because it’s such a – women have, you know – obviously are in such positions of power nowadays, and have complete, you know, equality with men in a lot of – you know, within the business world and within most things. So it’s a really – it’s a great thing to discuss. And about whether they – you know, how do you juggle both things, how do you raise a family? And, you know, do you do it well? And is it – you know, it’s very interesting stuff to think about, especially, you know, for me being a young woman. So, it’s great.