Ivana Milicevic, Love Monkey
On Tuesday at 10pm/ET, Ed
's Tom Cavanagh
returns to television as the star of CBS' Love Monkey
, a dramedy about Tom Farrell, a record exec whose professional life — and in turn, love life — is turned upside down when his idealism is deemed idiotic by his boss. Serving as buds to Tom are 90210
's Jason Priestley
's Larenz Tate
, Christopher Wiehl
and Judy Greer
, while Ivana Milicevic
plays the music-biz babe who just might cure what ails him. TVGuide.com talked to the familiar-looking femme about Monkey
ing around, all the "love" in her life and her surprising Hollywood crush.
TVGuide.com: How on earth am I going to work the name Love Monkey into this Q&A's title?
Ivana Milicevic: Hmmm, let's think about that....
TVGuide.com: "Ivana Milicevic Is Love Monkeying Around?" "It's Love Monkey Business...."
Milicevic: I was going to say, do something with "monkey business." [Laughs] "Love Is Monkey Business" or something.
TVGuide.com: So based on the pilot, you're what, Tom's potential woman of desire?
Milicevic: I think it's going to be a "triangular" situation between Tom, my character, Julia, and Judy's character, Brandy. I think eventually Brandy is the one you settle down with, the one you bring home to Mother, and I'm...
TVGuide.com: The lingering temptation?
Milicevic: Yeah, I guess. What else is new!
TVGuide.com: Did you hear that some press copies of the pilot were missing music? Kind of unfortunate for a music-based show, ya think?
Milicevic: Nooooo! I heard that. That really blows!
TVGuide.com: But they sent out new copies, so it's all good. Have you mortified Jason Priestley yet by telling him you were, like, 4 when you watched him on 90210?
Milicevic: No, I wouldn't do that to him. But I was pretty excited that I was going to be working with him because I was a Brandon fan.
TVGuide.com: You weren't one of those girls all about Dylan?
Milicevic: I was not about Dylan — I mean, if I had to choose.
TVGuide.com: Are you angling to have your kid brother Tomo, from the band 30 Seconds to Mars, on the show?
Milicevic: Oh, yeah. I don't know that they could be on the show yet, but I've already got their band posters up in my office on set. I wonder if there's a song of theirs that could be dropped into the show. Of course, when the screeners go out for it, there'd be dead air.
TVGuide.com: Watching the pilot, I was asking myself, "Why does she look so familiar?" I mean, I've seen Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky and Down with Love, so maybe it's just some cumulative effect.
Milicevic: Right, exactly. And did you never watch [HBO's] The Mind of the Married Man?
TVGuide.com: I caught that once or twice....
Milicevic: Oh, so that wasn't something that you watched all the time — which is kind of rude of you, but... I'm kidding! I was the secretary who [Mike Binder's lead character] was having fantasies about.
TVGuide.com: I totally remember you now!
Milicevic: But I think you're right, because in my years of acting I have done so many little things — episodes of Friends, of Seinfeld. It could be a cumulative effect.
TVGuide.com: Who were you on Seinfeld?
Milicevic: I think the episode was called "The Comeback." This tennis pro tells Jerry to buy this really expensive racket, and then Jerry notices him playing with it and he sucks. This pro then sends his Russian wife to seduce Jerry out of spilling the beans.
TVGuide.com: And on Just Shoot Me, were you one of David Spade's improbable beautiful girlfriends?
Milicevic: No, I wasn't! [Laughs] But hey, David Spade does go out with improbably beautiful women. I was just a model at the magazine, and Elliot was crushing on me.
TVGuide.com: You're in Love Monkey and have been in the films Down with Love, Love Actually and Love Stinks.... Where am I going with this?
Milicevic: There's a lot of love going on, yes. You are so astute.
TVGuide.com: At least you steered clear of Sex, Love & Secrets.
Milicevic: Yes, I did. Awww, that's sad. But you know what, I only steered clear of that because I was already on Love Monkey when they were trying to get me in for that. See? [Pause] So, do you like TV?
TVGuide.com: I love TV.
Milicevic: That's awesome. I'm starting to fall in love with TV so much.
TVGuide.com: Was it tough to wait a half-season for Love Monkey to premiere, especially a show as good as this one?
Milicevic: You know, it's so funny because I feel like TV has changed so much, and I'm sure you'd agree. When we did the pilot, I was secretly hoping for a mid-season slot, mostly because the shows I've been turned on to — Medium, Grey's Anatomy — are shows that were mid-season replacements that did really well. I think that's better than to compete with all 50 shows that come out in the fall, to be one of six new shows at a time when people may have given up on another one and are open to something new.
TVGuide.com: January has become the new September.
Milicevic: It has. Some networks don't have a "season" anymore, they just keep cranking them out. HBO helped that.
TVGuide.com: We mentioned Jerry Maguire before, and this show, the first half in particular, is very Jerry Maguire-esque. Tom's got this grand mission statement....
Milicevic: Uh-huh, and they're not feeling it. I say that, too, when I'm describing it. "It sort of starts on a Jerry Maguire moment for our lead character."
TVGuide.com: It's Jerry Maguire meets Almost Famous.
Milicevic: God, I loved that movie. I totally kind of have a crush on [Almost Famous'] Philip Seymour Hoffman. I wonder what his sign is.... Maybe I'm attracted to him from a past life. I like nerds, myself.
TVGuide.com: Did you see Capote?
Milicevic: Of course. I'm voting for SAG Awards this year, and I think I will absolutely vote for him for best actor. He's just really good and subtle.... He's pretty great.
TVGuide.com: OK, now give Tom Cavanagh some lip service as your leading man.
Milicevic: I keep saying this, and I am serious. Tom Cavanagh elevates everybody in the cast. I have not done that much regular series TV, so I'm not sure if this is the lip service every actor gives, but our cast loves each other so much. And the "No. 1" on the call sheet sets the pace and the tone for everybody else, and not only does Tom elevate us in terms of our acting, he's such a good person and cares so much about the show.
TVGuide.com: I figure the ladies must find him cute as a button, while the guys see him as one of the guys.
Milicevic: And he's supersexy, too, because he's a Scorpio.