Grosse Pointe
The Robin Schiff Interview

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That being said, I pick and choose the projects I do -- I like to be paid top dollar but it doesn't drive me, it's not the thing that drives me in life. But, I'll sit it out. If I don't have an idea that I love or if something isn't presented to me that I really like or, for that matter, feel that I have a contribution to make, that I'll be able to come in and really dazzle people and do my thing, I just won't do it. Therefore, I feel like I have a reputation and I have a certain voice and, you know, I've carved out as much control as you can have, given that you don't have any control. And no matter how much talent you start out with...when I think about how many years it took me to actually get good at it, really, I kind of got by on talent or energy. It was good enough to get me more work, but it wasn't really good enough to get made. But when I look back on it, what really amazes me, more than anything, somehow or other I stuck with it. You know, I just had disappointments from other people, disappointments in myself. Sometimes I would go to bed for three days, with the covers over my head. But one of the qualities I value in myself is that I am resilient. Sometimes it takes me a longer time to be resilient than other times, but I wouldn't still be doing this if I weren't pretty resilient! I mean, it's very hard as an artist to stay sensitive and stay emotional, and at the same time be able to handle all the shitstorm that's coming at you all the time. And it's a really hard line to walk. But a lot of the shows that you've worked on, have, surprisingly, been cancelled. [Robin laughs.] I mean, they've had a lot of critical acclaim, they're really good, the acting is tight, the writing is great, and I just think it would suck to believe in something so much and then just have it shit all over. The worst for me was Almost Perfect. I was just gonna say that! I mean, I loved that show! Well, thank you! But I'll tell you when I was really depressed, was when we had to fire the boyfriend. Because my whole reason for wanting to do the show was, I felt that, particularly in comedies, with female characters, there was always a subtext of being punished for success. You can be smart and you can have a man -- if you have a laundry basket in your hand. But if you're successful, then you're frigid or you're a nymphomaniac or you're always alone, and the message that's being given is, you pay for success by being lonely or alone. Well, of course, I look around me and I would say about eighty percent of my girlfriends are working and they're married or they have kids. And so the reality of my life and my friends was very different from what was being portrayed. So I wanted to show a woman who's extremely driven and meets a guy who's kind of worth it to make the effort for, but where it doesn't come at all naturally to her. So, at the end of the season, the relationship was deemed "unbelievable." Which to me meant, "Oh, you mean because she's really successful and she's a pain in the ass and he puts up with her? That's why it's not believable?"

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