Mary Lynn Rajskub Mary Lynn Rajskub

With the thriller Firewall arriving on DVD this week, TVGuide.com got a hold of Mary Lynn Rajskub to talk about her stint as Harrison Ford's gal Friday and, of course, any and all things 24!

TVGuide.com: You just returned from a week in London: business or pleasure?
Mary Lynn Rajskub:
I did one of those autograph-signing conventions, like they do for Star Trek and stuff.

TVGuide.com: Oh, is there some secret conclave of real-time drama fans out there? "24-ies"?
Rajskub:
Oh yeah, but it's not a secret anymore. I met them face-to-face, and it was incredible!

TVGuide.com: Was this part of the same press tour where Kiefer Sutherland spilled the beans about the 24 movie being filmed in London?
Rajskub:
Huh. I don't know if that's true....

TVGuide.com: "You don't know," riiiight.
Rajskub:
I don't!

TVGuide.com: Would you be cool with a film shoot in London, if that is where 24 goes?
Rajskub:
Yeah, London is awesome. But you've got to give me a lot to do while I'm over there.

TVGuide.com: On a related note, I'm in the middle of a blog entry where I'm positing that 24 needs to shift the action to NYC next season. Are you with me?
Rajskub:
I don't know, I'm sort of torn, because I actually love not leaving home. I love New York  it's an awesome place  but it would mean leaving home for 10 months....

TVGuide.com: What's the timetable on the 24 film, anyway? What are you hearing?
Rajskub:
I haven't heard anything. I know there was big talk about it and meetings have taken place, but we're about to go back into production, so they're not going to do anything for real until next summer, probably.

TVGuide.com: Hey, what's up with Chloe having an ex-husband, anyway? Let alone this refined, smooth Brit guy?
Rajskub:
Oh, boy, has he got you snowed.... I guess he was kind of sweet to me....

TVGuide.com: What was your reaction when you read that reveal in the script?
Rajskub:
Oh, I loved it! It creates more character for me.

TVGuide.com: Have you begun to ponder your Emmy reel submissions?
Rajskub:
I took the episode after Edgar dies, and the other one was the first one. It shows a little variety.

TVGuide.com: I just finished watching the Firewall DVD, and you made a fine gal Friday to Harrison Ford.
Rajskub:
[Laughs] Thank you very much! People say that character is like Chloe, but if you look, you see the subtle differences. I tried to smile, I was nice, I was pleasant.....

TVGuide.com: Granted, Harrison Ford isn't as spry as he once was, and the final scene is sap-tastic, but overall I thought it was a very entertaining movie.
Rajskub:
That was such a new experience for me, and I was just along for the ride of an action-adventure movie, so I didn't have any expectations.

TVGuide.com: Did you get a chance to see Firewall baddie Paul Bettany in The Da Vinci Code yet?
Rajskub:
No, did you? I haven't read the book, either.

TVGuide.com: The book is interesting stuff, but the movie felt like it was never going to end.
Rajskub:
I hate when that happens!

TVGuide.com: Do you like getting glammed up? I watched your recent appearance on Conan O'Brien's show, and you didn't seem 100 percent comfortable.
Rajskub:
I was really nervous to do that show in particular, because I think he's really funny. I like dressing up and being a girl, but I don't really live my life that way. Working in Hollywood, I'm not the type of person who really does that going on auditions, so I tend to get typecast as "mousy/quirky." You have to work with what God gives you first. Not that I don't think I'm a cute person, but that whole quirky/uncomfortable thing comes naturally to me.

TVGuide.com: Have you dared to dine at a Hard Rock Cafe since detailing your waitress experiences on Conan?
Rajskub:
No! [Laughs] Certainly not!

TVGuide.com: How does one put the rock n' roll in the Rock'n'Roll Rice?
Rajskub:
Where is it? I looked in the kitchen....

TVGuide.com: You were very, very funny. Where do things stand with the comedy tour you've been planning?
Rajskub:
What happened is I started doing live performances around [Los Angeles], and I put together a half hour. But I tend to make my goals really lofty, so I told my agent, "I want to do shows in New York, in July!" A great idea, but then I thought if I'm actually going to book it and get people to come, I had better know what I'm doing a little more.

TVGuide.com: I also watched an online clip of you and your old Guitar Girls Club comedy act performing at the Kennedy Center, circa 2000.
Rajskub:
I can't believe that's even out there! That's so weird that that was even filmed!

TVGuide.com: You did a nice job ripping on Jewel....
Rajskub:
[Laughs]

TVGuide.com: Who would be your comedy target these days?
Rajskub:
Well, I'm full of love now, so.... I don't know. Who's totally obnoxious right now? I think I'm just too old to pay attention to the music the kids are listening to now. It'd probably be Ashlee Simpson or something, but who really cares about her? Jewel had a certain way of getting to you. She has some good qualities, but you're like, Ugh, Jewel.... You just want to punch her!

TVGuide.com: I want you to know I was going to run a pic of you in Firewall with this story, but I e-mailed your publicist for a "beauty shot" instead.
Rajskub:
Good, we need the beauty shot. I don't know why people don't understand that! What shot have we got? The nude shot?

TVGuide.com: It's labeled "Rajskub Truck."
Rajskub:
Oh, gee, perfect!