411mania Interviews: Cheryl Hines
Posted by Al Norton on 01.09.2013
411's Al Norton sits down for an exclusive interview with two time Emmy nominee Cheryl Hines, star of ABC's Suburgatory.
Cheryl Hines is a two time Emmy nominee for her work on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm who is currently in her second year starring as Dallas Royce in ABC's Suburgatory.
Cheryl Hines: Thank you so much for my Norty Award; I was so thrilled to be named Best Supporting Actress.
Al Norton: You're welcome; you more than deserved it. And thank you for your acceptance speech.
Cheryl Hines: Of course.
Al Norton: Was part of the appeal of Dallas how different she was than who you played on Curb?
Cheryl Hines: Yes, Dallas is a 180 from Cheryl David and I really liked that. My background is with the Groundlings, doing sketch comedy and improve, building different characters, and Dallas seemed like a lot of fun; a little bit out there but still a real person. I was very drawn to her, and not just the role but the project itself was really well written, very smart and at the same time very silly, and I like that combination.
Al Norton: Not that you don't keep yourself in great shape anyway but is there added pressure when you know the outfits the show is going to put you in?
Cheryl Hines: Yeah (laughing). There is some added pressure. It's funny because I sort of go in and out of it. I know every week I'm going to have to wear really short, really low cut dresses so I know that already. Sometimes I feel like, "why do I care?" Dallas isn't a model, she's a real person with real flaws and doesn't have to have a perfect figure. I'll go through that and the next week I'll think, "10 million people are watching the show, can't you do a few sit ups?" I go up and down with it.
Al Norton: How long did it take you to perfect the voice you wanted to use for Dallas?
Cheryl Hines: It didn't take long. I was born in Florida and I grew up in Tallahassee, and my mother grew up in Jacksonville; my family is very southern. I am just sort of channeling my Mother, I think.
Al Norton: I know you're a pro but is it sometimes hard to keep a straight face with Carly's (Chaikin) line readings?
Cheryl Hines: It's very hard! We have a tough time sometimes, me and Carly. She does everything so deadpan, saying such outrageous things. At one point Dalia wanted a Hangover monkey as a pet and we had this heart to heart, Mother-Daughter talk and I kept having to say, "I know I'm not a Hangover monkey but I love you very much" and look into her big eyes looking so sad and it was really tough to do (laughing).
Al Norton: How many fans do you run into who think you and Larry David were actually married?
Cheryl Hines: Countless (laughing). A lot of fans, a lot of people in general. When the show first came out a lot of people thought it was actually a reality show, and my name was Cheryl on the show, so I can understand why it was confusing. I actually went it for an audition one time and the casting director said, "oh, you're an actress, too?" I was like, "what do you mean?" and he said, "aside from doing the reality show and being married to Larry?"
Al Norton: Any word on a 9th season of Curb and would you be a part of it?
Cheryl Hines: I see Larry all the time but he is very evasive, even when you're sitting in your living room talking to him he doesn't have a good answer to that question. Anything's possible and I would do Curb Your Enthusiasm until the day I died if I had the opportunity. I would always do it.
Al Norton: Is directing something you want to do more of (Hines directed the movie Serious Moonlight in 2009)? Maybe an episode of the show?
Cheryl Hines: It's interesting you ask that because I just directed a web series – I can't say anything about it because it hasn't been announced yet – and it was a lot of fun but very challenging. It's a lot of work…Ok, I'm just going to say it and this will probably set off firestorms but I found it tougher as a woman to direct and be in a project because you have to do hair and makeup – you don't roll out of bed looking like Dallas (laughing), it takes a small team of professionals – and when you're directing you have to be blocking shots and doing a lot of different things. Doing this web series I was always running back and forth and the poor makeup artist was always mad at me. The answer to your question is, "I don't know, I'm not sure."
Al Norton: Did I read correctly that the upcoming episode of Suburgatory features, and I quote, "an old fashion hip hop dance off?"
Cheryl Hines: Yes, you did read that correctly. George and Dallas are having differences with their parenting styles; after their PSAT's, Tessa got ice cream and Dalia got a car. There's a little tension there and we are watching the girls at a dance class and somehow the two of us end up having a dance off. Talk about keeping a straight face; watching Jeremy Sisto pop and lock was amazing.
Don't miss Suburgatory, Wednesdays at 9:30pm on ABC