"You Get To Basically Be An Ass On Paper And Channel Your Twelve-Year-Old Self"
GL: House is probably my favorite character on television in the last ten years, so he's absolutely a treat to write for, because you get to basically be an ass on paper and sort of channel your twelve-year-old self -- and what's more fun than that?
SM: So after House, who's your favorite?
GL: Um...see, that's the favorite kid question again. But I was heavily involved in the two-part episode, and Omar was fantastic, so I definitely have an affinity for him after that episode. But, you know, I love all of our actors. I mean, the quality of acting on our show is just ridiculously high. Russel and I sort of like to switch it up: I think our first episode we did was a bit Cameron-heavy; we did a two-parter which was very Foreman-heavy; and we did Episode 2 this season where Chase was sort of front and center. So we sort of like to work everybody into the mix. And then, you know, Wilson and Cuddy, of course, are ever-present.
SM: Can you sum up each character in a few sentences?
GL: Uh...okay. That's a hard one. I like that Foreman has a quiet intensity and I love the fact that we sort of think of him as a House-in-training with a lot of the characteristics of House. I think he would never believe that he's going to be like House -- he would be offended by that notion -- but in our minds, he actually is the most like House. Then there's Chase, who really wants to be House, aspires to be like House, but really sort of never could. And Cameron is [a lot of] fun to write for because I think, over the three seasons, she's had the most noticeable arc. I think she's most noticeably being changed by working with House.
GL: She's gone from somewhat naïve, wide-eyed student to a much harder-edged, much stronger woman.
SM: I like her better that way.
GL: I think you'll like some of the stuff that's coming up as well with her. And Wilson's the Greek chorus and he's House's conscience. And Cuddy's just...Lisa Edelstein can do absolutely anything, so, she's fantastic. You know, she can stand up to House, give it right back to him. She can be tender, she can be hurt, she can be strong...I think she's probably [the favorite character for] a lot of people I've talked to. It's a powerful role.
SM: I love Cuddy. She cracks me up.