Magazine article Newsweek

Q&A: Calista Flockhart

Magazine article Newsweek

Q&A: Calista Flockhart

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Byline: Ramin Setoodeh

It's been 12 years since Calista Flockhart started dancing with an imaginary baby, and now, Ally McBeal is finally back--on DVD. Flockhart spoke to Ramin Setoodeh.

It took seven long years from the time Ally McBeal ended to when it was released on DVD. Why?

Very good question. I think it had to do with music rights. There were a lot of amazing artists who were on the show, and it was all tangled up in that.

How did you end up getting the part?

I got a call from a girlfriend in L.A. She was also an actress, doing what they refer to as "pilot season." She had read the script and she called me about it, and then I called my agent and he said, "Oh, yeah, I saw that and I passed." [Beat] And I said, "Oh, well maybe we should revisit it." So I did. I eventually flew out and screen-tested, and I got the part.

Did you ever think that the dancing baby was ridiculous?

No, honestly, I was quite intrigued by it. I thought it was smart! Obviously, it was symbolic of Ally's biological clock ticking away, and I thought, what a great way to do that. I loved the fantasy sequences; I loved that we got to see her imagination come to life.

After you were done with the show, you took a break from acting, correct? Were people associating you too much with Ally?

I don't think I ever felt that way. As an actress, you want to play many different parts, and you want to explore different sides of yourself. So in that way, yes, but never in a negative way. I took a break to be a full-time mom.

What made you decide to come back and do Brothers & Sisters? …

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