AE: They want those two characters to get together?
LH: [messing with Kate’s hair] I just found a gray hair.
KM: There’s more of those where that one came from, trust me.
LH: I like those two together, they’re cute together.
AE: The development of that friendship was very sweet. It humanized them both.
LH: I agree.
AE: What can you tell me about what’s coming up in the next season?
There’s also times where the whole closeted problem gets in the way. I kind of contradict myself … Alice says one thing and she does another.
AE: Which is interesting because her character has always been so defiantly out.
KM: I am back to my wild ways. I think they realized that the whole mother with a kid thing didn’t really pan out. So she’s back to her ways and then she meets a girl —
LH: You slut it up and then you meet a girl!
KM: Yeah, I meet a girl and she turns out to be straight, and there’s a whole straight thing and her psychosis in it. But Shane’s like Where’s Waldo this year. She’s popping up everywhere and she’s just out to have a good time —
LH: Between legs [laughs].
KM: There’s no depression this year. Finally, she’s come out from the grave and she’s back to herself again.
AE: Will we see any old flames resurface?
AE: No Cherie Jaffe?
AE: The ’50s fantasy sequence?
LH: I have to clarify something. That whole closeted thing, it’s not Alice being closeted, it’s about someone else.
KM: I never know what to say, what’s spoiling and what isn’t.
AE: How far in advance do you know what’s going to happen with your characters?
LH: And then you have a basic idea of what’s going to happen. But a lot of times it can change.
KM: They want to see how the dynamics between the actors are and how the relationships work, and if it pops they’ll keep going with it. But if an original idea doesn’t work between two characters, then they’ll chop it out —
LH: Not always.
KM: Well, they have. They’ve kind of dwindled certain story lines down that were originally going to be more prominent.
LH: But they’ve kept ones that don’t work, too.
KM: Well, yeah, mistakes have been made. But for the most part they’re pretty clear on the first six and then they just build from there. So the last six are kind of a free-for-all; you never really know what’s going to happen.
LH: It’s interesting. It keeps it fresh for us, too.
KM: And it also allows us to come in with our own ideas.
LH: To say I really like where this is going, I’m having a lot of fun and I really like this person.
AE: Was there a particular story line or character that got beefed up because it was working so well for one of you?
KM: I think Carmen and Shane did also. I never knew how long Carmen was going to stick around for, but because people responded to it so well, they just kinda went for it.
LH: But it also can be an idea that they love, that has nothing to do with us.