TBS, well-known for keeping the bawdy memory of Carrie Bradshaw & Co. alive via frequent reruns, now has a twist on Sex and the City to call its own: My Boys, premiering tonight (at 10 pm/ET) and starring Jordana Spiro as PJ Franklin, a Chicago Cubs beat reporter whose circle of friends is primarily fellas. (Think Alfonso Soriano as opposed to Manolo Blahnik.) TVGuide.com asked the actress what it's like to "step up to the plate" as the star of TBS' first-ever original scripted comedy series.
TVGuide.com: So, is the pressure on? You feelin' it?
Jordana Spiro: [Laughs] You know, I'm not feeling pressure, no. I'm definitely feeling busier than I felt before, but not pressure.
TVGuide.com: Let's say that PJ is 99 percent tomboy. What about yourself?
Spiro: I would say... 60 percent.
TVGuide.com: Really? That's a decent chunk. Were you a field hockey player in high school?
Spiro: You know what, I wasn't ever actually into sports, necessarily....
TVGuide.com: But you were into pulling the wings off of flies and burning ants with magnifying glasses.
Spiro: Exactly. That was me. I like bugs and camping and... dirt. [Chuckles]
TVGuide.com: My Boys has a certain Sex and the City feel to it.
Spiro: Yes, in the sense that you have a group of friends, one character is a reporter, and it's told through her eyes. What I specifically like about My Boys, though, is that her thoughts are always based on baseball analogies. I'd never seen anything like that — where you have a woman who needs a baseball analogy to make sense of anything that happens in her life. I thought that was cool.
TVGuide.com: Did you have to brush up on your sports lingo, so you don't talk about "sudden-death field goals in the ninth inning"?
Spiro: I definitely had to do some work on learning about sports, in particular baseball. I shadowed some sportswriters and talked to a lot of them, too.
TVGuide.com: Are you becoming "one of the boys" there on the set? Or are you clinging onto some of your.... What's the word...
Spiro: Estrogen? [Laughs] Yeah, we're all kind of like brothers on the set. They don't treat me like a girl.
TVGuide.com: Who among your male costars would you say is the most outrageous, in real life?
Spiro: I would have to give that to [Robot Chicken's] Jamie Kaler [who plays ladies' man Mike], for sure. He is completely unpredictable. He's an amazing stand-up comedian, as well. He's just so quick.
TVGuide.com: Here's something I wonder as I watch the series: How does PJ drink all this beer and eat all this steak and still hold onto her rather nice figure?
Spiro: Why, thank you very much! I don't know. I eat all that food and drink all that beer....
TVGuide.com: Yeah, but you're a Hollywood actress out hitting some exclusive Reebok Sports Club every day.
Spiro: [Scoffs] No.... I'm like running from Starbucks to Starbucks. I'd say PJ is a runner, and she plays softball.
TVGuide.com: There's a lot of card playing on this show. Did you get to brush up on your own poker skills? Do you have any poker skills?
Spiro: Uh, I learned. Basically my homework for the show was to learn how to play poker, watch sports and drink beer. It was really difficult.
TVGuide.com: They've also given you a great gal pal in Kellee Stewart (Guess Who).
Spiro: Isn't she incredible? I'm really happy with their dynamic. She and I have a great relationship off set, as well. She is a lot like her character in that she's an incredibly strong person, but she's always grounded in a lot of femininity. She very much embraces being a woman; it was very clear to see why PJ needs her around. They accept each other completely and don't judge each other at all, and yet they're totally different people.
TVGuide.com: The first episode, I believe, features one of TV's most uncomfortable love scenes ever.
Spiro: [Laughs] Yeah, it was pretty fun to shoot — although equally uncomfortable!
TVGuide.com: What else do you have coming up?
Spiro: I have Alone with Her, which is a really interesting film, a little more experimental. It got picked up by the Weinstein Company [to hit theaters in January 2007], and I'm really happy about that.
TVGuide.com: Last question, pop quiz: Who won this year's World Series?
Spiro: Oh, make me cry.... I was following the Tigers.
TVGuide.com: I just dredged up a bitter memory for you.
Spiro: Yeah, you really did, actually! [Laughs]
Talk about a double play: My Boys' Jordana Spiro is now celebrity blogging for TVGuide.com. Read her first entry here!
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