Interviews – Print & Video
In a recent interview for “Cesar’s Way: Achieving Balance Between People and Dogs”, Marg discusses how her love of dogs started when she was a child growing up in Nebraska. She goes on to talk about her current dog, Henry, the paparazzi, and a small bit about “CSI”.
Here’s an excerpt:
“I had one dog growing up named Minnie when I was a little girl. She was a Chesapeake Bay retriever. My dad would take her hunting with him,” she fondly recalls.
Please tell us a little about your current dog.
“My dog’s name is Henry and he’s a rescue dog, so we are not certain of his breed. He definitely has some shepherd in him and possibly some Akita. He is my sweet, loyal best friend,” states Helgenberger.
Dogs are notorious for adopting their owner’s traits. Has Henry adopted any of yours?
“My dog knows to wait for me to do my morning routine before he gets to go out for his long walk.”
You were photographed for the book “Rescue Tails” which helps raise money for the Humane Society. How did that materialize?
“A friend of mine knew the photographer [Brian Nice], who had an idea of doing a book on rescue dogs. He asked if I would be a part of it, and I was happy to join. The dog in the photograph was my old dog Momo, who has since passed.”
You can read the rest of the interview at www.cesarsway.com.
I think this may just be a re-edit of the many interviews that we saw right after the 2012 Race to Erase MS Gala, but the message from Marg and other celebrities about taking some time for yourself if you’re caring for someone is so important that it’s worth sharing again. Plus, Marg talks about playing her guitar, which is always fun to hear.
Credit: Caregiving Club
Here’s a short interview from the red carpet at the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 Premiere Party. In this hilarious interview that’s definitely not for the kiddies, Marg and Logo’s reporter William chat about Marg’s hair color, her experience on the show, and the game of ‘dirty’ charades she and the judges played to pass the time while the queens were getting dressed.
Marg’s final episode of CSI, “Willows in the Wind”, aired on AXN España this week. As part of their farewell to Catherine Willows, the Spanish television website teleprograma.tv posted the following interview with Marg. In some respects, it is similar in content to what we have seen in other ‘farewell’ interviews, but it is still definitely worth a read, especially for her comments regarding her former castmates.
Any errors in translation from Spanish to English are my own.
The Final Case for Willows
After 12 seasons, Marg Helgenberger wants to focus on his family and the theater.
By Juan Silvestre
It was not an easy decision and took months to make, but Marg Helgenberger felt it was time to turn the page, and so, after 11 ½ years, she decided to leave ‘CSI: Las Vegas’. Tonight AXN airs the emotional farewell of criminalist Catherine Willows.
Do you miss her [Catherine]?
Very much. I feel that I was more her than me, that I know her better than I know myself.
Why did you leave?
It was the right time. People all over the world recognize me and I found myself wondering what would become of me when I stopped playing the role of Catherine.
What was the first thing you did after you left [the show]?
I went on a two week holiday to the beach. Then I did many things that I had not been able to do while working on the show — normal, mundane things like cleaning the house, being with my family and friends, and with my pets. And returning to the theater.
Are you still in contact with your former castmates?
With the ones I was closest to. But I’m not dead, you know?
How was working with William Petersen?
Incredible. We have shared many things, both on and off the set. I would love to work with him again.
Is there any project in sight for the two of you?
No, but it would be great to play Catherine and Gil again.
Is there a scene [with Petersen] that you remember most fondly?
The last scene I recorded with him. We had very little dialogue. I had to stop after the line “I knew before you that you were going to follow your path” because I got so emotional.
As she prepares to take to the stage this week in “The Exonerated”, Marg sat down with Theatermania’s Brian Scott Lipton to discuss her reasons for making her off Broadway debut and for choosing this powerful play about the death penalty for her first stage performance.
Some highlights from the interview:
“I was about to graduate from Northwestern University and my plan was to make a life doing Chicago theater. There were so many good companies there; Steppenwolf was just beginning to burn up” says Helgenberger. “I was doing a summer production at Northwestern of The Taming of the Shrew; I was playing Kate, and Bruce Norris [now known as the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park] was my Petruchio. There was this talent scout from ABC Daytime in the audience who came up after the show and asked me if I was interested in doing soap operas. I didn’t think anything would come of it, but two weeks later I got the call, and almost immediately, I was on Ryan’s Hope. I was happy that I didn’t have to be a waitress…”
The latter series [CSI] has given Helgenberger the financial freedom to pursue a life of her choosing, and returning to theater is at the top of her to-do list. “I feel like I’m sort of reconstructing my life, and I hope this is the beginning of me finding more plays to do in New York,” she says. “I know there are so many people with have more theater experience, so it’s been a little bit of challenge to have some producers open up to me. Even my agents asked when I was last on stage. I think they’re afraid I don’t know how to move on a stage. And that’s been frustrating.”
As Helgenberger notes, it’s not that she hasn’t had the opportunity to come book to the footlights. “While I was doing CSI, I was offered some shows in New York. But that was too hard to do logistically. Our hiatus was only two months and I don’t think our producers would have accommodated a longer absence. And frankly, I was exhausted at the end of the season. We shot lots of nights, and having a kid, I wasn’t sleeping-in like a lot of the cast.”
But it was more than just the chance to get back on stage that excited Helgenberger about doing The Exonerated. “I was very inspired by the play. I think I read when it first opened that Janet Reno said it was the strongest piece ever written against the death penalty,” she says. “It’s just tragic these people were convicted and spent years on death row for crimes they didn’t’ commit. And I’m thrilled to be playing Sunny. I asked Bob Balaban, our director, a lot of questions about her before taking the part. One of things that Bob told me she was a good student in high school until she discovered sex! But what so impressed me is that after being in solitary confinement for so many years, she changed her own views of feeling sorry for herself. She chose life instead of hopelessness.”
As we reported previously, Marg will be returning to Northwestern University this weekend to receive their 2012 Alumnae Award. In preparation for her return visit to her alma mater, Marg chatted with Daily Northwestern reporter Junnie Kwon about what she has been up to since leaving the hit series CSI, what it was like to be a student at Northwestern, who some of her favorite male costars have been over the years, and about her thoughts on receiving this year’s Alumnae Award from NU.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
The Current: What have you been up to since leaving “CSI?”
Marg Helgenberger: Oh, gosh, a variety of things … I’m quite involved in breast cancer advocacy. This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and so I currently have a PSA that’s airing and the proceeds for a sale of a shopping bag at certain grocery stores goes towards Stand Up To Cancer. … I also have done a lot of traveling. I am getting ready to do the play “The Exonerated” in New York. … I actually sort of feel like I’m becoming a student again, because I currently am in meditation workshops and I’m starting a master class in acting with this great teacher from New York (in November). So I manage to keep myself pretty busy.
Current: Tell me about your experience as a student at NU.
Helgenberger: I knew I had to step up my game when I got to Northwestern, academically as well as knowing that I was competing against kids that were from New York and LA. It was a bit (intimidating), because they had their resumes and eight-by-tens. Nonetheless, I started auditioning and getting cast, and I was busy between classes and work-study. It was a very intense two years that I spent in Evanston. They didn’t give transfer students the same treatment as freshmen, so I had to stay at a dormitory at Kendall College. But it was a perfectly fine home for me. I had a wonderful time there.
Current: What was your reaction when you found out you were the recipient of the 2012 Alumnae Award?
Helgenberger: First off, I’m very flattered and honored that they would think of me for that award and I’m very touched by it. I’ve come back to school a few times since I graduated and I always enjoy working with the students. I think the last time was when I worked with the graduate students who had just all written plays, and I got signed to be a part of these stage readings, and it was just this great fun. I love being around students, young minds and hearing what excites them. All in all I was just really thrilled.
To read the complete interview, please visit The Daily Northwestern.
Credit: The Daily Northwestern