A Few Words With ... Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Pablo Schreiber and Kelli Garner
Q: What do you think about being part of transforming ABC's daytime lineup as a "cast" member of "The Revolution"?
A: They're really breaking through into a new frontier. They're making kind of a "dream team" environment where the women that we feature on the show can literally transform their lives, with small changes or huge ones.
I think it really speaks to the fact that the viewer is evolving. They don't just want pure entertainment; they want information, and they want to improve their lives and the lives of their families. And ABC is really responding to that change.
Q: How different is your schedule, now that you have to be available at midday for "The Revolution"?
A: I was pretty fortunate before with how flexible my schedule was. Even when I was on (
Q: Did the timing of the offer to do "The Revolution" dovetail well for you with the changes that CBS was making to its morning program?
A: I was contacted regularly by many different production companies who were considering launching shows, and I didn't take those offers too seriously. In television, there's a long path between the initial phone call and when something actually makes it (onto the air).
Q: What actors do you admire?
Q: Have you met him?
A: No, and I almost don't want to. I like a mystique about who he is.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I am an avid gardener. I have a place in the Catskills, 20 acres and a garden.
Q: What do you grow?
A: I grow trees. With permaculture, the idea is of setting up sustainable agriculture, setting up food forests. The more mature a landscape is, the more food it produces. Use cover crops to mulch and keep weeds down and refertilize the soil rather than bringing on outside fertilizer.
Q: What are some of your goals?
A: Writing and directing are eventual, long-term goals. I love being an actor and that part of storytelling and becoming more involved in telling my own stories. And then, of course, being a good parent.
Q: What do you like to do with your son, and how old is he?
A: Mostly just to be with him. Three is such a time of change and growth, just to get to watch him learn and process and start to fit himself into social society. The idea of listen to your parents and they like you more when you behave.
Q: Do you have pets?
A: A Boston terrier, Sue-Sue, and we just adopted a cat, Cookie. My son named the cat because he loves cookies.
Q: Did you immediately take to your character, Kate, as soon as you read the script?
A: This project happened so fast for me. I was the last one cast for one of the big roles. I didn't have as much time to learn about the history of Pan Am. What has been so fun for me is these were really modern women of their time, everything was set for me. They were exploring countries and alone, with a little per diem.
Q: Have you ever gone to a country and explored on your own?
A: At 17, I went to India for a job.
Q: How do you describe Kate and her double life, working for the
A: Kate, as smart as she is, is in extremely over her head, which is great because I could just bring my own perspective and opinion, and I just had to exist and feel. I am not a spy. I am a courier. They expect (spies) to be so cold and sharp and mysterious. What about the beginning, how they got to be that cold killing machine?
Q: The look all of you have is built from the inside. What do you think of wearing the more constricting undergarments?
A: I look like I am back in the '50s, with the long-line bra and the girdle. Johnny (Galecki, her boyfriend) is just like, "It's beautiful." There is something really beautiful about that period. We are not as put together with the ritual of getting dressed. It's extremely feminine.