Californication's Hank Moody (David Duchovny) has really done it this time.
The charming lothario was already in deep: He's bedded both his teaching assistant (Diane Farr) and a student (Eva Amurri), and he's got the prim-and-proper dean's wife (Embeth Davidtz) all hot and bothered. But now, Hank's soulmate and mother of his child, Karen (Natascha McElhone), has returned from New York, sending Professor Moody into female frenzy.
David Duchovny has new Californication love: Diane Farr
Jill, the Teaching Assistant
Jill plays hard to get, but ultimately, her desire to have a baby is what draws her back to Hank, even though he kicked off Season 2 by getting a vasectomy. "I think what Jill sees in Hank mostly is sperm," Farr says. "She's got that quiet sense of desperation that I think many [women] fall prey to in their 30s. You're looking down the road and you know you're three steps out from having a kid. And sadly, too much attention from anyone might just make you bond with them."
That motherly desire, however, stands to make Jill the woman with the most to lose. "Jill hits rock bottom, and by the end of the season I'm very angry with Hank," Farr says. "I think everyone has their own feelings of 'Oh, maybe it worked, maybe it didn't,' but Jill is one year further away from having a baby. He's wasted my time."
Farr (Numb3rs, Rescue Me) likens the Jill-Hank bond to the one that exists between Hank and Karen. But she's not afraid to admit that Jackie is her character's biggest threat. "She definitely feels a certain jealousy about Jackie because Jackie is the only other real possible contender for what Jill's trying to do. She wasn't trying to just have dungeon love like Embeth's character and she's not trying to make a life-long union. The only person that can get in my way is the younger, bigger-boobied version [of Jill]. So that's the one that cuts to the quick."