A few words with ... Katie Finneran, Jaime King and Robert Osborne
Q: How do you describe your character, Nikki?
A: I describe her as a woman who grew up as a social pariah. She socially did not fit in and was overweight. She eats like a baby shark, is socially overeager, and wants to bond and is a little bit off socially. She reinvented herself as an adult woman and found this great best friend, Annie, Jaime's (Pressly) character.
Q: You're a mom to a 1-year-old son. What has motherhood been like so far?
A: I am 5 1/2 months pregnant. They're Irish twins, or rather Irish-Jewish twins. I am having the best time, especially with the sitcom schedule, I was able to spend a lot of time with (son) Ty and my husband. I always loved babies, but you never know how it is going to be with your own, when you can't give the baby back.
Q: Can you imagine the nasty shenanigans of teenage girls? How you would react? And what were you like as a teenager?
A: Oh, my God, of course I can! I have to say as a teenage girl I was pretty boring. Jaime has the good stories of being a rebellious teenage girl. I was reading Beckett and was boring.
Q: Where do you keep your
A: I gave my parents the one in 2001 for "Noises Off" ... and they have it on their piano at home in Miami. The other one (for "Promises, Promises") I was going to give them also.
Jaime King of
Q: Your character, Alabama belle Lemon Breeland, is a little uptight and finds it hard to relax. Can you relate to that?
A: I, as Jaime King, I drive myself, because I have been working since I was 14 years old. I don't know how to relax. It's a weird feeling. If I have a day off, then that day off means to be productive. It means getting things done. If I come home after a 16-hour day on "Hart of Dixie," my husband's like, "Sit down and watch a movie with me," and I'm like, "I have to memorize my script for tomorrow. I have to finish writing. I have to follow up on Twitter." It's so weird, because I really relate to Lemon in that way. I'm a Taurus with Virgo rising. That's part of the problem with me trying to relax. If I come home, and my room is not entirely clean, I cannot sit down in bed. It's crazy.
Q: Lemon's fashion style is always sort of retro, but on this day on set, you seem to echo
A: I'm inspired by film stars from different eras. I did
Q: What do you think of
A: She's really of today, so I didn't think she'd care that much about old films. Wrong! When I met her, she seemed so pleased about it, and she also was so enthusiastic about the channel. She said, "I want you to meet my boyfriend. The reason we're together is because of TCM." They were going out on a date or something, and he said, "I really want to stay home and watch TCM." It was a bonding thing between them. I was talking to her about her family, and she knew everything about (fellow actors) Ethel and John and Lionel.
Q: How did her hiring for "The Essentials" come about?
A: At the end of the conversation (at last year's TCM Classic Film Festival), she said, "If I had one wish, I'd really love to be a guest programmer on TCM." I said, "That'd be great!" Then she said, "If I really got my wish, (previous co-host)
Q: Weren't she and "The Essentials" the reasons you first went back in the studio after your time off from TCM duty last year?
A: We had to do 30 of the introductions, because if we didn't do it then, we couldn't get her. She had commitments to do movies, so I was back at work long before I was back on the air.