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TV Junkie: Interview with Romy Rosemont of Fox's 'Glee'

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Romy Rosemont plays Carol Hudson, Finn's Mom, on Fox's "Glee" (Tuesdays @ 8pm)

Romy Rosemont plays Carol Hudson, Finn's Mom, on Fox's "Glee" (Tuesdays @ 8pm)
Romy Rosemont plays Carol Hudson, Finn's Mom on Fox's "Glee" (tonight at 8pm). Rosemont had a long resume of notable appearances on top TV programs, from "Melrose Place" and "ER", to "Nip/Tuck" and "CSI" before landing her gig with a recurring character on "Glee".Last week we had the chance to speak to her about her impressions of the "Glee" phenomenon and her involvement with the show - she will be in tonight's episode!

LAist: How do you think it's going to pan out with your character?

Romy Rosemont: I didn't know and none of us really do, we're just puppets, there are so many series regulars but when I did the pilot, Ryan [Murphy] said that she will definitely heavily return to the series, and he's kept his word. I think that we'll probably find out more about her personally than we did last season but I'd be lying if I said I knew exactly what would happen. With a recurring character we don't really know much more than the audience. Ryan did mention a couple things that were very exciting, so whenever I'm invited to go play with those guys it's such a delight I don't even ask what I'm doing.

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LAist: You've had a ton of experience on television with some amazing appearances like on "Nip/Tuck" and a recurring character on "CSI" and many others, how do you describe the phenomenon that is "Glee"?

Romy Rosemont: In today's TV climate, where everything is so competitive, it's very difficult as a character actor so you really are grateful for the work. For something like "Glee", you just sit back and enjoy the ride. I've definitely been in shows that were [described as] a "phenomenon", and have been "really? Because it's not that good". [Laughs] Just go down my resume and there ones where just possibly I wouldn't be watching that show because it's just a job. "Glee" isn't just a job, I'd be watching it whether I was on it or not because it's so much fun. Sometimes television programs take themselves so seriously, they're so heavy handed. But it's supposed to be entertainment and maybe we shouldn't be bludgeoned with that? "Glee" I think is an amazing alternative to that. I think what's so fantastic about it is that it's a musical, it's a comedy, it's a drama - and there's not a lot of shows out there like that. And to think that it's only been on TV for a year.

Now I'm sure that there will be episodes that some people like more than others but I hope people cut them some slack. I truly love every episode because there will always be great singing and dancing. I hope people watch it with the same kind eye that they did last season.

LAist: I noticed last week on Twitter that there was the first time there was a very definite split between people who loved it and those who hated it.

Romy Rosemont: I loved the first episode of the season but so many people wanted a Britney episode but how do you weave that into a storyline. When I saw the promo for that episode I thought, "Wow, Heather Morris is so talented!" But you know, not everybody is supposed to like every episode. I had an episode last season that was a much more dramatic one and people were like, "where's all the singing and dancing?" There are those people out there that will bitch no matter what.

LAist: I think that even the critics of the Britney episode thought that Heather Morris was great.

Romy Rosemont: What I really respect about the show is that they really take chances. When you think that they're not going to do something and then they do it. Think about the Lady Gaga episode where they put Cory Monteith in that red plastic dress at the end of that episode? He' six foot four! That's genius on a visual level. It made so many great statements. Ryan Murphy is definitely a visionary.

LAist: I have to ask everyone I talk to who's involved with "Glee", who would you like to see come on the show or have a music tribute to?

Romy Rosemont: I'm a huge, huge fan of Pink. I love her, I think she's fantastic. I think her music and the theatricality of it would lend itself well to "Glee". I think any of the girls on the show could do an incredible job with her stuff. It would be hilarious to have Jane Lynch sing "Let's Get This Party Started", right?

LAist: What else do you like to watch?

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Romy Rosemont: I love love love "Modern Family", that show is definitely on the DVR list.

LAist: That's another show that operates on many levels. I can watch that show with my family and there's stuff that I get that goes over my 8 year old's head but there's plenty of humor and situations that she understands and perfectly.

Romy Rosemont: I was fortunate, I was in a movie with Ty Burrell several years ago called "Friends With Money", and he is great to work with. I met Eric Stonestreet at a Fox Emmys party and he's a very nice man. These are guys that maybe you didn't know their names but they came into that show and helped create these brand new characters.

LAist: That's something that you have done with your work as is evidenced by the wide range of characters that you've played. Neither you nor those guys [Burrell, Stonestreet] have a "thing" that they do, I really wouldn't know what to expect when I see your name on a production - and that's refreshing.

Romy Rosemont: I appreciate that, and the bottom line is that it's really fun to do and we're fortunate to do it and we want to do more.

LAist: What other projects do you have happening?

Romy Rosemont: I have an episode of "Private Practice" coming on!

LAist: Have you done a production with your husband [character actor Stephen Root]?

Romy Rosemont: No we haven't! But he's doing a movie called "Red State" and I got a part in it which we were really excited about but I had to pull out because it conflicted with "Glee". That hurt because it would have been fun to do a movie with Stephen but we always have our fingers crossed. Whenever he gets a project I tell him, "Just tell them you'll do it if they hire your wife!" I'm not proud, "I'll deliver once I get there!"

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