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!
Great Day Washington has just posted a video interview with Marg on their Facebook page. In the interview, she discusses The Little Foxes, what it’s like to be staying in Washington D.C., and she also talks about her time on CSI. Check it out below:
Here’s another inspiring interview from Marg that recently appeared on spryliving.com:
June 1, 2014
by Paulette Cohn
It’s been three decades since Marg Helgenberger landed her first TV gig, on the soap opera Ryan’s Hope, and she’s worked steadily ever since, on series such as China Beach, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the CBS drama Intelligence. Like all long acting careers, it’s had ups and downs. But the 55-year- old actress says age has definitely brought perspective.
“I remember losing out on roles that were written for women in their 30s to women in their 20s—which is out of my control, but it used to bother me,” she says. “Now I wouldn’t really care. I know something better will come along.”
The native Nebraskan reveals other advantages of having a few more years behind her, how losing her father to multiple sclerosis (MS) gave her a mission and the ways Hollywood has changed since her soap opera days.
There seem to be more great TV roles for women nowadays. Is that a change since your career began in the ’80s?
My experience in television has always been positive—I’ve played a variety of strong and unique roles. What’s changed more is the film business, which makes fewer female-driven films. I think that’s why more traditional film actresses are coming to television. It’s rare for women to find a good film role after age 40.
At 55, do you still feel pressure to look a certain way in order to get work?
In some ways, I feel less pressure than I used to. I felt it in my 30s because that’s a crucial decade for women in the film business. But I’m much more comfortable with myself now. It’s about accepting who you are. I don’t think that means giving up. Acceptance means acknowledging what is, and what goals you have, and taking the necessary steps to achieve those goals.
What’s your key to maintaining good health?
Being disciplined, which most successful actors are, because we have to be in front of a camera. I don’t eat dairy or a lot of processed foods or much dessert. But French fries are my weakness. I do think a buddy system is very helpful for people who are just starting to maintain some sort of a diet or exercise program. A great fitness class and instructor can be really inspirational.
How did you get involved with advocating for multiple sclerosis research?
My dad died of complications from MS when he was quite young—age 50. He had progressive MS, which is tricky, and there were very few medications he could take back then. Mostly, they would just shoot him up with cortisone and hope for the best. Now, there are a lot more medications. People’s lives are extended and dramatically improved—the funding and research pays off. So I’ve recently gotten involved with Race to Erase MS, a Los Angeles-based foundation. It’s been very successful in getting doctors from all over the country to share their research and ideas.
And your mother is a longtime breast cancer survivor.
Yes, it was one right after the other: My mother got breast cancer, then my father got MS when she was still in recovery. I was in college. It was devastating. But they’ve made so many advances in breast cancer research, too. Every year, I do something for that cause, like the Revlon or Susan G. Komen walks.
Any advice for caregivers?
I think it is important that it becomes a family affair. Hopefully, if there is more than one child in the family, everyone can get involved. If not, reach out to volunteers in the community. It’s very challenging to do it alone.
Here are some highlight clips from Marg’s appearance on ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ today. In this entertaining interview, Marg and Queen Latifah discuss football, the strong female roles Marg has played over the years, Helgenberger Avenue, and more. Marg also plays a steamy and very amusing round of “Blankety Blank”.
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.
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