Magazine article Variety

Kerry Bishe: ‘Acting Is a Means to Asking the Questions I’m Obsessed With’

Magazine article Variety

Kerry Bishe: ‘Acting Is a Means to Asking the Questions I’m Obsessed With’

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Kerry Bishe's breakthrough was as a medical student opposite Zach Braff in season nine of "Scrubs." Eight years later, she's still representing women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) as the tech-savvy Donna Clark in AMC's '80s-set drama "Halt and Catch Fire," which begins its fourth season this month. She also appears in Netflix's "Narcos."

In "Halt and Catch Fire," is it important to show well-rounded female characters?

That's been a really big part of being on the show for me. The show focuses on the characters as human beings. We don't sit around talking about feminism or sexism in the workplace on the show, which I find really refreshing. We talk about computers, and we talk about business, and we talk about creativity and compromise. The idea of supporting and encouraging women in the STEM field feels like it has come from showing women who work in those fields.

Did you learn Spanish for the "Narcos" role?

I did high-school level Spanish, but that doesn't exactly prepare you for the vocabulary you need in talking about drug trafficking in South America. When the Colombian actors would play fast and loose with the dialogue, it was pretty difficult to keep up. …

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