Edie Falco guest stars in a three-episode arc of 30 Rock as C.C., Alec Baldwin's love interest.
How did you take on your role on 30 Rock?
Edie Falco: They asked me to do it. And I had never seen it, so they sent me a bunch of the episodes. I sat alone in my hotel room where I was at the time and laughed my fool head off. You know, it's very hard to do stuff that's genuinely funny, and these guys just really totally got it in my book.
Can you tell us about your character?
Edie Falco: I play a character, C.C., a congresswomen who meets Jack. We come from different sides of the tracks; I guess you can say it. Jack and C.C. don't
always see eye to eye.
How was working with Alec Baldwin?
Edie Falco: He's really funny. He's crazy, crazy funny, and totally gets this type of humor. It's so much fun. He makes it look so easy, which is a little daunting, but it's great.
How is it doing a comedy?
Edie Falco: You see something really good and you want to be a part of it. So whatever the genre is, it sort of didn't matter as much. It's great, and the people on it are great, and people like watching it, and so I'm totally game to try to fit into it in whatever way I can.
How was it reading the script for the first time?
Edie Falco: I don't read straight-up comedy like this, not at all. And I didn't know how one would react to that -- as you're reading alone, and you have to leave a lot to your imagination, and you genuinely find yourself laughing. I don't know what it must be like to be a writer in general, but to be a comedy writer, it's got to be something -- it's a very special kind of talent.
Did you like working with the ensemble cast?
Edie Falco: These actors are really, really funny. They're really good. Everybody's really nice. It makes a big difference because you spend a lot of time [with them].
Do you have any opinion on giving a show time to grow?
Edie Falco: Well, it's very important because it takes people a long time to get their footing. Writers, actors, anybody working on an ensemble-type thing, there are going to be some creaks in the beginning. It seems like there's tremendous potential in just letting things sort of breathe a little bit. It's tremendously important. And I'm so thrilled that people are finally starting to understand how good this is, and it will get a chance to have more and more people watch it.
Talk about your emmy win...
Edie Falco: I think that you do get a little extra jolt of confidence when you win an Emmy. It makes you realize, maybe we're not the only ones who think this is kind of good and funny. Perhaps there are people who aren't involved in it who are also laughing and getting a kick out of it. And that can sort of carry a group of people, and sometimes the work can end up having more confidence and being better. So I think as the show starts to get the momentum and continues along, the quality work they've been doing, it's just going to get better and better.
The first episode Falco stars in, "Somebody to Love" premieres Thursday, November 15th at 8:30pm ET/PT.
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