Aisha Tyler is everywhere — and we're impressed. The former Talk Soup host turned a very memorable guest spot on Nip/Tuck into starring roles on two of prime time's smartest shows. Here's how this sexy multitasker pulled it off...TV Guide Online: You've played a paleontologist on Friends, a DNA specialist on CSI and now a data analyst on 24. Have you got a thing for lab coats?
Aisha Tyler: Someone asked me the other day, "Are you being typecast as a scientist?" And I was like, "Am I going to complain about being typecast as smart? I don't think so." TVGO: How did you end up on both CSI and 24?
Tyler: I did a very intense episode of Nip/Tuck [last] spring. I played a Somali model who was a victim of female genital mutilation. A lot of people saw that, and I got calls from four dramas within a week. TVGO: Speaking of Nip/Tuck, have you ever had any work done?
Tyler: I don't believe in it. I think it's freakish when you look at a 50-year-old woman and she looks 35 or she looks surprised, like she saw a ghost. TVGO: So you're just going to let the wrinkles show?
Tyler: I'm just going to let it go. You know [laughs], I'm black, and black don't crack. It does droop. But I think, unless it's some kind of freakish deformity, just leave the damn face alone. Maybe it's just me. But in 20 or 30 years, directors are going to be looking for women to play mothers and nobody's going to look like a mother. Then you're going to have women who look 30 playing the mothers of other 30-year-old women because they can't find anybody who looks normal. TVGO: How do you juggle the two shows?
Tyler: It's really exhausting. But [the shows] work it out, then they call me and tell me when to show up and where. TVGO: Who has tougher dialogue, your CSI character or your 24 character?
Tyler: The more technical dialogue tends to be on CSI. But I wanted to be an engineer, so none of the dialogue is difficult for me. TVGO: Which show has the better caterer?
Tyler: I don't want to rag on somebody's food. But on the CSI set, they have homemade soup every day — which I know doesn't sound exciting, but it is always good because they keep that set cold to keep all the bodies, livers and maggots fresh. TVGO: Will your CTU character be the next Sherry Palmer?
Tyler: I can't tell you. Honestly. They bring the scripts to my house in the middle of the night with a note that says, "Do Not Divulge Any Story Points." TVGO: On a cartoon scale, how evil will she get?
Tyler: I keep referring to her as Jessica Rabbit; she's not bad. She's just drawn that way. She's not evil — to me, she's a little misunderstood. She's ambitious and she's pushy and she's difficult. But I wouldn't call her evil so much as just driven. TVGO: If you could be on any reality-TV show, which would you do?
Tyler: On general principle, I boycott shows that don't employ actors. But if I was forced, I'd say Survivor just because I'm scrappy, I like camping and it would be cool to kill a pig and s--t like that.