Q: To what do you owe your chemistry with your “Man With a Plan” co-star Matt LeBlanc?
A: We go way back. We’ve known each other since before “Friends,” before obviously anything I ever did. We were just struggling actors back in the day and we used to have kind of mutual friends. So there was a familiarity there. And then when he was on “Friends,” I was on “Jesse,” which were the same producers, Bright/Kauffman/Crane. So you know, we weren’t the best of friends but whenever we’d see each other it’d be nice to see each other. …
You know, it helps when you knew someone before they were someone because you think of them as that person, not who everyone else thinks they are. So I felt like I had a good handle on who he was, and we also have a lot of similarities. You know, we were born in the same place, practically; you know, we’re both from Mass., both East Coast kids. So we have a lot of the same kind of – I don’t know what the word is – we have the same outlook on things.
Q: What is the most fun part of playing your character Andi?
A: I would say the most fun is that they don’t – you remember the line from “Dirty Dancing” “Nobody puts Baby in a corner”? They don’t put Andi in a corner. You know, I’ve gotten to be everything from really brash to really sweet to really kind of “cray-cray.” You know, she’s not just one thing and I appreciate that because that can become a little uninteresting. So she has many sides and you never quite know how she’s going to – she could be totally cool with something … or the other way around. And that’s a lot of fun to play because it’s not just your basic carrying-around-the-laundry basket thing; you know, “Isn’t my husband funny?” Which tends to happen a lot … .
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.