Mary Lynn Rajskub
Chloe is a traitor! OK, that's not exactly true, but 24
's Mary Lynn Rajskub is
consorting with the enemy, guest-starring on the May 9 season finale of WB's Gilmore Girls
. The actress will play one of several singers who invade Stars Hollow hoping to get discovered after an agent taps the town's troubadour to open for Neil Young
. Rajskub — who honed her crooner chops as part of the improv comedy-music group the Girls Guitar Club — called me from the Gilmore
set late yesterday to chat about the Girls
gig, Chloe's upcoming "romantic challenge" and her plans to take Manhattan this summer.
Ausiello: I just want to point out that I interviewed you back in 2003 when you first started on 24, before Chloe became the superstar she is now.
Rajskub: Thank you. What's funny is the people at the network are always telling me, "Yeah, [Fox] hated you at first." I'm like, "Yeah, I know. That's the story of my life."
Ausiello: I liked you before it was cool to like you.
Rajskub: You should put that in your story.
Ausiello: I will. So this is actually your second appearance on Gilmore Girls.
Rajskub: Yes. I know Amy Sherman Palladino from Veronica's Closet. She helped me get that part, from seeing me do live shows or something.
Ausiello: Last time you played Kirk's girlfriend, right? I barely remember it.
Rajskub: It was really quick. I was kind of sad that they didn't bring me back to actually play [that same role]. Kirk had asked me to be in his short film; it's like a second long.
Ausiello: You're playing a completely different character this time.
Rajskub: Right. I am a…
Rajskub: Yeah, troubadour. I was trying to think of another word. I was going to say singer/songwriter.
Ausiello: You think I'm too dumb to know what troubadour means.
Rajskub: (Laughs) No! I'm not totally comfortable with the word. I basically walk around and sing to people. I'm a troubadour!
Ausiello: So that's what it means.
Rajskub: I guess a bunch of troubadours come out of the woodwork to try to get discovered. So I get to take a break from 24 and sing a song.
Ausiello: Do you have any lines?
Rajskub: I have, like, two lines. I say, "Hey, I'm trying to sing a song here!"
Ausiello: What's the song?
Rajskub: A song I made up.
Ausiello: Oh, just a song you made up.
Rajskub: Not just a song. The song.
Ausiello: My apologies. What's the title?
Rajskub: "I Drive an '89 Volvo."
Ausiello: You wrote it exclusively for Gilmore Girls?
Ausiello: Will you be releasing it as a single?
Rajskub: (Chuckles) Well… as soon as the offers start coming in.
Ausiello: You're under contract with 24. Did that present a problem in doing Gilmore Girls?
Rajskub: Well, it wasn't a matter of the contract, because I'm allowed to [do other stuff]. That's not a big deal. The big deal was trying to get the time blocked out, because we're wrapping up our shooting for the season and so it's a little bit hectic. It was hard to get an entire day blocked off, so I'm very grateful that I was able to come and have a little bit of fun today.
Ausiello: Do you watch Gilmore Girls?
Rajskub: No. I don't know what happened; I just stopped watching TV.
Ausiello: What happened?
Rajskub: I don't know, I just stopped.
Ausiello: In other words, you have no investment in Luke and Lorelai as a couple?
Rajskub: No. I watched it when it first came out and I was really into it. And now that I'm on the set I'm like, "Aww… I can't believe I haven't been keeping up with it." I'll have to buy the DVDs.
Ausiello: Switching gears to 24, what's it like not having Edgar around?
Rajskub: It's very sad. It was sad when we filmed it and it's sad to not have him there.
Ausiello: Edgar's replacement (played by Kate Mara) is a little nutso. How does it feel to have someone at CTU who's crazier than you?
Rajskub: It's kind of a relief. Chloe starts to seem like the normal one now.
Ausiello: What are you doing this summer?
Rajskub: I'm going to try to lay low. I don't have any big trips planned. I've never driven up the coast of California and I've lived here 10 years. I might try to do that. I might also go home to Michigan.
Ausiello: And for work?
Rajskub: I'm going to do some live shows, possibly in New York. I actually forgot the name of the theater; we just started booking it yesterday.
Rajskub: Maybe July.
Ausiello: Madonna's coming to the Big Apple at the end of June. Maybe you could piggyback.
Rajskub: (Laughs) I love the way you think. You're like my…
Ausiello: Agent? Manager?
Rajskub: There's got to be a better word than that. You're like my… angel.
Ausiello: I'll take it. What's going on with the 24 movie? I heard it was supposed to start shooting after the season wrapped.
Rajskub: I heard that, too. I heard that they have a script written, like a rough draft, but there's no way you could get it together that quickly.
Ausiello: Are you in it?
Rajskub: I don't know.
Rajskub: I think Rachel McAdams is playing my part. No, I have no idea. (Whispers) It's not going to be a 24 movie without me, let's put it that way.
Ausiello: My thoughts exactly. Can you say anything about what's coming up the rest of the season?
Ausiello: Relationship drama?
Rajskub: Could be.
Rajskub: A romantically challenging situation could happen.
Ausiello: Is Chloe's CTU trick coming back?
Rajskub: I'm not saying.
Ausiello: You know, I was an extra on Gilmore Girls.
Rajskub: You were?
Ausiello: Totally. Go tell people you know me.
Rajskub: What's your last name?
Rajskub: Hey — I remember you!
Ausiello: We met at press tour two years ago, too.
Rajskub: I totally know who you are. We're practically best friends.
For more scoop on Chloe, read next week's Ask Ausiello. It's big news, people — big news!