Q: Does your role in “Flack” reflect publicists you’ve known or dealt with?
A: Absolutely not.
Q: Early in “Flack,” you make a lengthy speech about being a woman in today’s world. What were your thoughts upon tackling that?
A: I just think that it’s really worthy of note how amazing it is to work with a male writer who understands the female experience so incredibly well, like Ollie (series creator and executive producer Oliver Lansley) does, and is able to write it in such a personal and detailed and beautiful way.
In all of the sort of MeToo of it all, I think sometimes not very much credit is given to men who actually are part of the solution, not the problem. That kind of dialogue is, excuse the expression, kind of like actor-porn wet-dream stuff. It’s exciting. It’s a whole big, beautifully worded mouthful that, if you actually memorize correctly — and the punctuation is very specific, and the words are very specific — it just flows. And it’s beautiful. And I love stuff like that. It’s one of the things I love about doing theater; there’s no second take.
Q: Both you and your fellow “True Blood”-alum husband Stephen Moyer have done a lot of series-television work in recent years, What keeps bringing you back?
A: We are primarily driven by good material. We are not really looking for a specific genre or a specific medium. We are just looking for writing that really connects and is smart and makes us think or laugh or cry or hopefully all of the above. And it’s just really fun when you are (able to find it) because, yes, it is hard to get a TV show.
Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.