•• Her 2005 diabetes diagnosis “completely overwhelmed” her, but the Emmy nominee is feeling great these days and helping her fellow diabetics with a new documentary.
Elizabeth Perkins is always a scene stealer, and her performance in ABC’s “How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)” is no exception. Elizabeth Perkins plays Elaine, the laidback, free-spirited wife of Brad Garrett’s Max, and mama to Sarah Chalke’s single mom Polly, who moves in with Elaine and Max after her recent divorce.
The comedy didn’t make the cut for the network’s 2013-14 lineup, but Perkins’s TV schedule isn’t likely to remain open for long. Yahoo! TV talked to the actress about “Parents,” about her new documentary, which spotlights a fresh take on how diabetics can approach their health issues, and about “Weeds” and how she thinks Celia deserved a big send-off in the series finale.
-Elaine is definitely one of the least grandma-y grandmas on TV…
Yeah, that’s why I loved her. I loved Elaine. I just think she’s awesome. I had been on “Weeds” for five seasons, playing somebody who was incredibly bitter and angry and down. It’s not easy playing somebody like that (laughing) week after week. When (series creator) Claudia Lonow showed me the script for “How to Live” with Elaine, I thought, here’s a person … the glass is always half full. She’s always going to find the positive. She loves life. She likes to eat it and drink it and taste it. That was kind of where I was in my life, too, so it was a perfect match for me. I get to play somebody who’s happy and alive and stimulated and just loves to laugh and thinks everything’s funny. You don’t get to see a lot of middle aged women like that on TV. We’re usually sort of cranky and controlling… this was really a great opportunity for me, and I get to work with Brad Garrett, who’s awesome.
– You two have great chemistry, like you’ve worked together before, even though you haven’t. Was that instant?
Oh, I love him. He’s just so easy. Yeah, we definitely connected. Like I said, everything’s easy. It’s like I’ve known him forever. He’s such a professional that you can do anything in the middle of the scene, and he’s never thrown, because he’s a standup. He’ll just catch the ball and throw it right back. He likes to have fun, and so does Sarah Chalke. She’s one of the most positive people I’ve ever worked with. It’s a really different environment for me than shooting “Weeds,” which was a very dark, sardonic show. This is like, “How much fun can you have?” It’s perfect, because it’s exactly where I’m at in my life.