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One more video interview from Marg’s round with the Washington D.C. press to promote her upcoming play The Little Foxes. This time the interview is with WTOP Radio. Lots of discussion here about Lillian Hellman, the playwright, as well as how Marg prepared for her role as Regina Giddens. Beyond the play itself, Marg also discusses her time as a weather girl in Nebraska, as well as her roles on TV and in film. Great interview!

Source: WTOP News Facebook Page

As part of the festivities at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, Marg was interviewed by The interview is in French, but I’ve done my best to translate it. All mistakes are mine, but I think I’ve at least gotten the gist of what was said, including the very cool news that Marg is doing another movie! I don’t know much about it yet other than the fact that it’s a crime thriller named Thumper that is slated to come out in 2017 and also stars Eliza Taylor from The 100 and Lena Headey from Game of Thrones. I’m so excited that we have another project to look forward to!


Marg Helgenberger, crowned at the Monte Carlo Festival: “I want a kingdom in ‘Game of Thrones’!”

by Juan Silvestre

Unforgettable in the role of Catherine Willows in CSI, whom she played for 13 years, Marg Helgenberger has received the Crystal Nymph Award at the Monte Carlo Festival to honor her long career.

Are you happy with the award?

Very happy! It’s not everyday one receives a prize from the hands of the Prince of Monaco. Also, the Murano glass statuette is beautiful!

Now that you’ve had some distance from it, how do you value your time at CSI?

From the moment I read the first script, I knew it would work. But I could not imagine that it would have such a global impact. For me, it was a great opportunity and I have made good friends. We’re a family.

What times from the series do you remember most fondly?

It was wonderful to have Quentin Tarantino directing the end of the fifth season. I remember that, when we finished, he brought the Pussy Wagon, the car from Kill Bill, and crossed Las Vegas Boulevard with it!

Is it difficult to be typecast after playing a character for so long?

The great challenge of being in a series many years is to keep the character fresh. So I left because I was no longer able to. It is best to leave while at the top. But it is true that, for a time, directors will have trouble seeing you in another role. It takes time for the character to fade from memory.

Were you satisfied with Immortality, the TV movie end for CSI?

Absolutely. Many story lines were brought to a close, and characters who were beloved by fans returned, such as Lady Heather. I cried when I saw on the last page of the script: “End of the series.”

Do you remember what the first scene you ever recorded?

It was with the actress who played my daughter. Catherine was investigating a web of sexual abuse, and I remember it was a very emotional scene.

Still there are many popular series in which you participated, such as ER. Do you see them all?

That’s impossible, but E.R., for example, I see from time to time because I have many friends who are screenwriters who worked there and it was a wonderful experience. And, well, George Clooney is so sexy … what I can say?!

And what are your plans?

I’ll be back to the theater a lot. I’ll be doing The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman in Washington D.C. And I also have the movies Holding Patterns and Thumper.

Will you return to television?

Of course, it is a medium that I love and I want to do another series. I’d love to be in Game of Thrones! To have a new realm created for me (laughs).

Are you also hooked?

Absolutely, but not only on that. I’m a big fan of many television series. I love Fargo, Better Call Saul, Bloodline, Broad City … And a reality show called RuPaul’s Drag Race, where they’re looking for the best drag queen. It’s hilarious!

What kind of a role would you accept?

One that is totally different from the last one I did. That happened to me, for example, with Intelligence and with Under the Dome, the series I’ve done since CSI.


For those who like to read our transcripts of Marg’s interviews, the 2015 Press Archive has been updated to include Marg’s appearances on Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Now, and The Talk to discuss the CSI series finale. Thanks so much to Sharon for her infinite patience in typing these up.

Marg on Entertainment Tonight, September 2015 (Transcript)

Marg on The Talk, September 2015 (Transcript)

Marg on Larry King Now, September 2015 (Transcript)

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