Sutton Foster: What was strange was that when I read [Michelle’s] lines, I could actually hear my voice. I was attracted to her because she is so lost. She is seeking meaning and purpose, and that was something that resonated with me. I wanted to figure that out with her, and I knew what that felt like. I could recognize myself in her.
Zap2it: In a play, you know your character’s entire journey. That’s not true in TV. Is that a challenge?
Sutton Foster: I am getting to know her more all the time. There’s a bit of mystery, because you look at her and you wonder, “What’s her story?” I mean, Michelle is just such a free-floater. She’s not attached to anything, and she doesn’t have roots, or want them. I’m curious about that, and we’re peeling back the layers more and more. I think mainly she just wants to matter.
Zap2it: How about all the monologues and dialogue you have to handle each episode?
Sutton Foster: I’m used to working hard. It’s definitely challenging. The last episode we just shot, I was in every single scene, and some of them were, like, nine-page scenes, with huge monologues and lots of dialogue. I do pretty well, mostly, and then every 10 days or so I have a brain meltdown. That’s when you try to get a good night’s sleep and give your brain at least a little bit of a rest.