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Zap2it: Is it fair to compare your character of Dr. Monica Scholls on TBS’ ‘Angie Tribeca’ to Detective Frank Drebin on the 1980s series “Police Squad!”?

Andree Vermeulen: She’s even drier than that. I mean, I don’t even know what would be the best comparison. Like I feel like Rashida’s character, Angie Tribeca, is more like a Leslie Nielsen. Leslie Nielsen played it pretty straight but there still was a tone of like silly in there, and Dr. Scholls is just so cold. There’s no warmth. She’s just like all business, like someone brought a robot to life.

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Zap2it: So she is essentially a cartoon character?

Andree Vermeulen: Yeah. I mean honestly, I have a sketch background so I’m just kind of treating it like, here’s another sketch character and we just play it smaller because it’s on a screen. But I just kind of created this monster, and it took me a little while to find her. And I think now that we’re shooting Season 2, I don’t even have to think about it anymore. I know exactly how she would say and do and think and act and feel — or not feel. And [executive producer] Steve Carell was super helpful when we were trying to find out what the balance was. …

But yeah, she’s kind of like a sketch character. I mean, I’ve played so many characters. I’m a UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade, a Chicago-based comedy troupe) performer. I’ve been performing sketch comedy on house teams since 2008, so every month you have to make up like five different characters. So this is kind of just what I do, and I’m like, ‘Oh, here’s one I get to play for a really long time. That’s amazing.’

Posted by:George Dickie