Interviews – Print & Video
As part of the festivities at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, Marg was interviewed by Teleprograma.tv. 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)
Ora TV and Larry King Now have posted Marg’s complete interview online. In the interview, Larry and Marg discuss how she got her role on CSI, why she left the series, why she decided to come back for the finale, as well as some details about the series finale. In addition to the CSI talk, they also discuss why Marg never changed her name, the fact that she was NOT in the movie Tootsie, gender inequality in Hollywood, Marg’s opinion of Hillary Clinton, her thoughts on gun control, and much much more.
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Source: Ora TV/Larry King Now/Hulu
Ora TV and Larry King Now have posted some short clips from Marg’s interview on their website. You can tune in to Ora TV on Friday, September 25, 2015 after 2PM ET for the full interview, but for now, watch some highlights of Marg discussing gender inequality in Hollywood, Hillary Clinton, the need for gun control, and also a few details about the CSI series finale.
Here’s a short video of Marg answering questions for People Magazine. She talks about what she learned from CSI, lines of dialogue that she remembers from past roles, her worst job ever, and she even sings her favorite song from The Who. It’s a really cute interview so be sure to check it out. Thanks to Lee for the head’s up!