Linda Cardellini

'ER' Cast: Making the Rounds

If called upon in a pinch, could you perform as a real ER nurse or doctor?

“No. I’m glad I got a refresher course on CPR and learned how to do the Heimlich, but I would not like to do those things in real life.”

Do people in the street often ask for your medical opinion?

“Once in a while people will talk to me about the problems with their children, because my character has such a problem child and she was a teenage mom. I’ll also get people talking to me about being a single mother, which I am not in real life. I guess it’s a compliment in some way.”

Why has “ER” endured for 14 seasons?

“They’ve never cheapened the look of the show. There’s a look and feel to it that’s very authentic. They’re constantly striving to keep it fresh. It’s not the same show as when it began, but year after year manages to re-create itself but stay within the framework of what everybody recognizes.”

Best part of the job?

“When I began, the best part of the job was my character, but it’s also the people I work with. You don’t get to choose the people you work with, but I would actually choose the majority of them to be my friends.”

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