In August 2012, I interviewed actress Kate Mulgrew for my television/comedy blog TVBlogster. Back then, she was promoting NTSF:SD:SUV, an outlandish comedy series on Adult Swim that spoofed TV network and cable police procedural dramas. Kate portrayed the forceful yet sensitive Detective Kove, and she was hilarious.
While interviewing Kate, I realized I was speaking with a true professional with a warm heart and the most wicked sense of humor. Our conversation touched upon some interesting stories about her life and her creative process. It was a great phone call, my favorite interview ever conducted. She’s a goddess.
Since then, Kate has found continued success as part of the cast ensemble on Orange is the New Black where she plays Red, a Russian cook who will starve your ass you if you cross her.
In honor of her recently published memoir Born with Teeth, I’d like to share my interview with you here on “Order…”. I had a devil of a time trying to post this on WP yesterday. Hopefully the text alignment will read clear on this site, but if not – the original version can be found on TVBlogster.com
Exclusive Interview: Kate Mulgrew Finds Her Funny Side
(originally published August 28,2012)
believe it? I almost crashed on American Airlines!'”.Why “insult to injury?” The whole evening was sponsored by American Airlines. “Comedy of errors!” laughs Kate, obviously still shaken, but never stirred. (More on the Bond reference later.)
|Paul Scheer and Kate Mulgrew in NTSF:SD:SUV|
You’ve done everything from Shakespeare to Star Trek Voyager to portraying Katherine Hepburn on stage. What made you join the NTSF team at Adult Swim?
Paul Scheer. He’s beyond wonderful. I keep saying it, and I can’t say it often enough or emphatically enough. He’s a singular human being in Hollywood. Kind, generous, funny. He called me, and I had no idea who he was. He watched me on Star Trek and had this idea that I would be “M” 007, and he said “What do you think?”, and I said “Is it lunacy?”, and he said “Complete lunacy”, and I said “I’m in.”
- Alternative comedians have such a sense of the absurd, which opens an outlet of creativity that doesn’t fit within the boundaries of mainstream entertainment.
- Is there a little Captain Janeway in Kove?
- Is there a back story on how Kove got the eyepatch? I don’t remember anything eluding to the reason why she has one.
- Does Scheer keep the door open for you to contribute to a scene?
- Does the cast come to you for acting advice, or how they should approach their character?
- The show is so kooky, was there ever a time or a scene that was so over the top that you had to say, “Oh no, Paul I can’t do this?”
- Trent and Kove have been married and divorced twice…
- Of course! What else would they be? Do you think Trent and Kove will get married and divorced twice again?
- I hear that Kove now has a podcast? What kind of guests will she invite in for an up-close-and-personal interview?
- It’s the whole aspect of her character, that off-center pattern of characteristics that make her so funny.
- Since NTSF and Childrens’ Hospital pool of talent and producers are intertwined, has Rob Corddry ever asked you to make a guest appearance as Kove at Childrens? Perhaps in a NTSF/Childrens’ Hospital crossover?
- Any plans on returning to Broadway or the off-Broadway stage in the near future?
- I would love to get back to New York to see it!