Please update your flash player...

Interview with Constance Zimmer

Taylor

HBO

What does Taylor bring to News Night's election coverage?

CONSTANCE ZIMMER

She was asked to join because of her experience as a Republican. You always want to have a mix of conservatives and liberals on a panel, especially on election night. Because she's not a typical Republican, it makes for a very interesting conversation with Will McAvoy, who himself is not a typical Republican.

HBO

Was she fired because of her unwillingness to toe the party line?

CONSTANCE ZIMMER

She got fired because she was asking questions that weren't being answered within her party. She's influenced by the people she respects  including Jim  and it makes her question things. Her animosity towards Jim is grounded in, "Why don't you just accept things as they are? These are our parties and this is what they represent." When he doesn't back down, it forces her to question things as well.

HBO

How would you characterize Taylor's relationship with Jim?

CONSTANCE ZIMMER

It's sweet and sour. They're a perfect match, in the sense that they force each other to stand their own ground. Those are the kind of people you want in your life personally and professionally because they constantly keep you on your toes. Taylor's so strong in her point of view that Jim can question it and also appreciate it.

HBO

Has Taylor's character evolved? What do you think is next for her?

CONSTANCE ZIMMER

As an actor, I got to know Taylor more as the season went on. She wasn't just a bitchy, bossy, conservative woman. She has heart; she's funny. I don't know if she needs to be in front of the camera, but she does need to be in control of people and situations.

HBO

Is she based on anyone real? What kind of research did you do for the role?

CONSTANCE ZIMMER

I dont know if she's based on anyone real, but I'm sure parts of her are based on people who really exist. I didn't do much research aside from watching Bill Maher's show and panel discussions with Republicans and Democrats in which they don't really discuss anything. That was fun because I got to watch and say, "Oh my God, that's Taylor!" But when you work on shows that are this rich, everything is already on the page; you just have to embody it.

"I love playing a character who has an adversary she can go one-on-one with."

HBO

Sounds like you had a good time.

CONSTANCE ZIMMER

I loved it. I love playing a character who has an adversary she can go one-on-one with. She seems like she's such a tough cookie, but we were able to show that she has a heart and her own questions. Despite what Jim may have said to her, she's definitely not a robot.

FAST NEWS


What news story would you most like to have broken?

The case of those three kidnapped girls that were discovered in Cleveland.

What would your newsroom beat be?

Arts and culture.

Name a skill that good actors and good reporters share:

Making fake smiles look real.

Where do you get your news?

The Daily Show, Bill Maher, and the New York Times newspaper that gets delivered to my door every day.

What's your worst workplace moment?

On my first day on the set of 'Boston Legal,' I thought the director was calling me "Candice" instead of "Constance." But I didn't realize he was actually talking to Candice Bergen.

If you could have Aaron Sorkin write your dialogue for one everyday interaction, what would it be?

My dialogue with my husband. He's much smarter than I am, and it would be great if I could come back with some Sorkin-style retorts.

18: Election Night, Part 1

Season 2