Lance Bass guest stars on ‘Drop Dead Diva’
Interview by Michael Aaron Gallagher of StayFamous.Net
Drop Dead Diva, the popular Lifetime original series starring Brooke Elliott, Margaret Cho, Kate Levering, and April Bowlby was recently named as a finalist for the 37th Annual HUMANITAS Prize, honoring great writing in television and film. The one-hour, comedic drama welcomes entertainer Lance Bass in a guest-starring role as a commercial director in the “Prom” episode, airing Sunday, July 24 at 9 p.m.
In a recent interview with StayFamous.Net, executive producer/creator/writer for “Drop Dead Diva,” Josh Berman and guest star Lance Bass discussed their collaboration on the episode.
Michael Aaron Gallagher: “What do you enjoy most about working with the cast of ‘Drop Dead Diva?’”
Josh Berman: “I love my cast. I’ve worked on a bunch of shows before ‘Drop Dead Diva’ and this cast is a group of people that appreciates what they have in life more than anybody else I’ve ever worked with professionally. They love coming to work each day. They’re energetic. We’re in the third season of the show and every day they act like it’s the first day of work. They send me emails just to say hello and to check in and to say how much they appreciate their jobs and working on the show and that just keeps me inspired.”
Michael Aaron Gallagher: “What do you think is the most entertaining aspect of the show?”
Josh Berman: “For me it’s one of the few real, feel-good shows on television today. You can laugh and cry in the same scene and it’s okay. And I even remember when we first delivered the pilot some people questioned the fact that, wait-a-second, that scene is happy and sad. And my response is, ‘Yeah, it’s just like life.’ Nothing is so clean-cut. There are good and bad in most things and you wake up every day not knowing what’s going to happen and what your high point is going to be and what your low point is going to be and I think our show kind of taps into that.”
Lance Bass: “As for working with this cast I think it was amazing. You know, I’ve worked with many casts before and different projects, you know, things on Broadway that type of stuff but I’ve never worked with such amazing crew and cast like this. It was just like family already just coming in. They totally welcomed me. I love the fact that we were outside Atlanta, Georgia. It felt so great to be back in the South and to be filming down there… I didn’t get to work with the whole entire cast but I did get to work with April and Ben and they were just so phenomenal and we had the best time together. In fact, I’ve run into a lot of these actors before, you know, and different things and they’re just all incredible and I just really personally just loved working with Ben and April. They were amazing.”
“And the thing I love about the show is, you know, I love law shows, I love court shows that type of stuff and this is finally one that I can watch and like. Like Josh said, you can actually laugh at it. It’s really, really funny but on top of that you’ve got amazing court cases that really just challenge you.”
“Drop Dead Diva” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime. To watch new clips from “Drop Dead Diva” visit http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/drop-dead-diva or to purchase the show on DVD click here (Season 1) or (Season 2).
“Lance Bass guest stars on ‘Drop Dead Diva'”
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