“Episodes” star Kathleen Rose Perkins gives us the scoop on her new lesbian storyline

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AE: Speaking of surprising sides, I had no idea you have a third degree black belt in taekwondo. That’s badass. Aren’t all actresses supposed to do yoga?

KRP: Actually, yoga kind of hurts my body. I’m really into taekwondo and have been doing it for about 15 years now, and I love it. It’s a great way to get your aggressions out, and to also understand your body and being rooted and grounded, the control of distance with other people, and also knowing that if someone was trying to assault me, I feel like I could hold my own. I don’t ever want to find that out, but I think that’s what all women should have.

AE: But it’s a contact sport. Aren’t you worried about your face?

KRP: Yeah, well. I do very little sparring with other people. Mostly, I do pads and they can’t hit back. I can’t have anything happen to my face or else I can’t work for a while.

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AE: Protect the moneymaker! Your expressions and your reactions on the show are everything. You deserve a Face Emmy, which is something I just made up.

KRP: [laughs] That’s great! I wish to God they had those, how awesome would that be? You know what, I would love that. That would mean more to me than a regular Emmy. Hopefully, the statue would be animatronic, so the face would move. That would be amazing.

AE: That’s brilliant! But the Face Emmys wouldn’t be broadcast. It would be a luncheon. Sorry.

KRP: Oh yeah, it wouldn’t actually be on CBS.

AE: Do you do anything else in addition to acting?

KRP: I’m an aspiring writer. I’ve done a few pilots and one screenplay that I would never show anyone. [laughs] I would like to eventually get good enough that I could be a writer. You have more say in the characters that you portray if you write your own stuff.

AE: Are you concentrating on half-hour comedies?

KRP: Comedies and buddy comedies for women. That’s all I want to do. I want to write another Laverne and Shirley. I just want to write for women. I like them.

AE: Since you only shoot Episodes for two months, you have 10 months to work on your pilot.

KRP: Yeah. I should be able to get something done.

AE: I want to see a pilot by December.

KRP: [laughs] Oh yeah, no problem.

AE: You could write a role for yourself, produce it yourself, and direct yourself.

KRP: Actually, I want to produce and write a one-woman show.

AE: Excellent! I will be in the front row. And I’ll bring 10 friends.

KRP: OK!

Kathleen can be seen in her one-woman show someday, in the feature film, The Skeleton Twins, starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, now, and of course, on Episodes, every Sunday at 10:30pm ET/PT on Showtime.

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