You probably know by now that Andrea Savage is currently playing Helen Basch, the network president sleeping with her number two, Carol Rance, on this season of Episodes. What you may not know is that Savage is more than an actress with a cool last name, getting paid to grab boobs. (Which, frankly, is enough in my book.) She’s also a writer, a director and all-around hilarious, smart lady.
Savage has appeared in Step Brothers, Dinner for Schmucks, the upcoming, Sleeping with Other People opposite Jason Sudeikis, and my personal favorite, as the not-quite British Veronica Von Vandervon, on the Hulu’s hilarious Real Housewives send-up, The Hotwives of Orlando.
Andrea spent some time with us to talk about playing Helen, with a slightly spoiler-ish hint of what’s to come, being lesbian-adjacent, and why Republicans cannot go unanswered.
AfterEllen.com: On this season of Episodes, you’re bringing the gay.
AE: How much fun was it playing Helen Basch?
AE: She told me they brought in actresses for chemistry reads, and the minute she saw you, she knew you were the one. Kind of like love at first sight.
AE: What happens at a chemistry read, exactly? How is it different from a regular audition?
AE: Sounds like a first date. Is this the first time you’ve played a lesbian?
AE: Did you do any kind of research to prepare for the role?
AE: Sounds like you’re very lesbian adjacent.