Q: What attracted you to playing Madelyn, the long-ago love interest of Alan Arkin’s Norman on “The Kominsky Method”?
A: Well, I’m a huge Chuck Lorre fan. But they called my agent and said that they wanted me to play either Michael Douglas’ ex-wife or a romantic interest for Alan Arkin. So I had a meeting with Chuck for well over an hour just talking about everything, life in general and all kinds of stuff. And of course, I hadn’t read anything because nothing had really been written at that point. And he said, “No, I think you should play Madelyn.”
And so I came in originally just for the two episodes and Alan and I really hit it off and Chuck loved what he was seeing so it became five episodes out of the eight, which was thrilling. And it was a wonderful character and there’s so much material, really, when you have people of a certain age because they’ve got a lot of baggage (laughs). And I think that’s what’s so exciting about it.
Q: You wear a gray wig for this role, which does make you not immediately recognizable.
A: Yeah, but I think it is the perfect look for the character. And I think Chuck, when he first met me, said, “You maybe look too young to be with Alan.” But I said, “Trust me, with the gray wig and lights in the right direction or the wrong direction, I will definitely age up. Don’t worry about it.” (laughs)
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.