What's been the best part about making the show?
I have to say one of the most gourmet things about it was being picked up by a van and brought to the set in Astoria each day. I'm used to taking the train and when I got the role, I had been calculating the timing and how early I'd wake up. When I found out I was getting picked up—well for me that's the height of luxury. My Metrocard would go unused for days!
And it must be nice to get to work in scrubs, with minimal hair and makeup?
It's perfect for me. When I realized I'd be in, like, pajamas, I was so happy. No heels, and no Spanxx!
Did you do anything to prepare to play a nurse?
I went to an ER for a couple of half-days, but I quickly realized that all my inexperience and not knowing would serve my character, who's brand new to nursing. I was able to go in pretty clueless and look around like a dazed bunny.
We read on IMDB that your mother raised you as "an active member of the leftist party." What exactly does this mean?
Ugh, IMDB is dangerous! I have a feeling I know who wrote that—that sentence is not really correct, grammatically or otherwise. Basically my mother is a leftist liberal and I grew up going to Jewish socialist summer camps, but that's all. That IMDB tidbit isn't the only thing on my page that's incorrect—I don't speak three languages. Well, unless you count Pig Latin. Also, it says I'm married, which I'm not, though I do live with my boyfriend (writer/director Noah Buschel).
Filming for the next season of Nurse Jackie starts in the fall. Anything else you're working on?
I have a few small parts in other things but I feel silly mentioning them because the thing about bit parts is that they can get cut and then I'd embarrass myself. I also have a small part in Noah's new movie, The Missing Person, starring Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan, which is coming out in September.
So you have some free time right now. What do you like to do between jobs?
Are you asking about hobbies? Hmmm, I can't really think of any. I usually spend my free time worrying about when I'm going to work next.
Photos: Ken Regan/Showtime.