Why should we watch your show?
“I think it’s like nothing else out there. Rob Thomas has created such so many twists, once you start watching you won’t be able to stop. Yet he’s been able to completely base it in a realistic setting. It’s about a normal girl. She’s not a super girl, she’s just trying to live life.”
What have we seen you in before?
” ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ on Broadway. I did the stage version of ‘Reefer Madness’ and ‘The Crucible’ with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. I moved out to L.A. and did a couple movies of the week and most recently David Mamet’s film ‘Spartan.’ I’ve also guested on ‘Everwood’ and just finished up ‘A Little Night Music’ at the L.A. opera house (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion).”
What in the past are you most proud of?
“I’m proud of being able to do what I do. I’m really lucky to be able to have been involved in some amazing projects with some amazing people. One of the highlights of my career is that I was actually a ‘Jeopardy’ question a few years ago — ‘Who is Kristen Bell playing in ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ “?
How do you plan to utilize your newfound celebrity?
“At this point in my life I’m politically and environmentally active. I think it’s so important to use celebrity in a positive way. Find the issues that are important to you and do it something about it.”
What were your favorite shows growing up?
“My favorite was ‘The Cosby Show,’ without a doubt. And, this is embarrassing, I was into cartoons until I was like 16 … even to this day I’ll put them on! And every day after school I put on the ‘Indiana Jones’ adventure series.”
Whose career would you most like to emulate?
“Probably Catherine O’Hara. Drama is really hard but I think comedy is even harder. I just adore her and think her work is just flawless. In my mind she can do no wrong.”