— It's funny because your characters in this and that are so similar in ways, but the show and the movie are so drastically different. This was a problem you'd except to see on Desperate Housewives.
— Yeah, but on Desperate Housewives it would have been about the woman having the midlife crisis. [Laughs] So that's what's nice about it, it's about women because we often see the man having the midlife crisis.
— Timeline wise, where did this film and starting Desperate Housewives fall?
— I owe it all to Tim Hutton. We had just finished working together on Kidnapped and that got canceled, and then this came up and he suggested me to Brooks and I think I left two days later to start shooting. And then Desperate Housewives came up I think a month later.
— Was this at all good preparation for that?
— Was it? No, I don't think so. [Laughs] No. Very different.
— What do you like about your character, Katherine, on Housewives? Do you relate to her?
— Oh god no. I always have to find something, but on the outside, no. I think I've been lucky on Housewives because I wasn't one of the original four women and so because of that, my character is not so iconic. I get to do all the weird stuff that Marc Cherry wouldn't let any of the other women do, like have a nervous breakdown, stab herself and become a lesbian. If that happened to any of the other women I think people would be very upset.
— I imagine Desperate Housewives is heavily scripted as compared to this film. Did you get much freedom to improvise here?
— Yes, which I loved. I would like to say, when I'm allowed to improvise, I don't take it lightly and I know what a privilege that is, so I'm very serious about it and I think that I help when I do it. It's not about me looking better; it's about helping the story. Brooks was great with that.
— You seem like a really self-possessed person who likes to get to know yourself. How does that affect your attitude towards the industry?
— I think I'm at a place in my life now where I know none of it really matters, so I always remind myself of that. I don't take anything personally. I feel like I'm on my own path, and whether that involves acting, great, if it doesn't, fine, because there are so many other things I'm interested in – just living, traveling, being – that I have a certain healthy sense of detachment from all of it.