Having mainly done lighter roles in comedies like Head Over Heels and Patch Adams, Monica Potter admits that co-starring with Morgan Freeman as an embattled Secret Service agent in Along Came a Spider was something of a stretch.
"The hardest part for me was not laughing," she tells TV Guide Online. "I was always trying to turn the movie into Airplane. I got in trouble a little bit. Then Morgan would yell at me he'd be like, 'Grim up, Potter!'"
Surprisingly candid, Potter confesses she was initially reluctant to take the role because she didn't think much of her character. "If Morgan wasn't attached to this, I probably wouldn't have done it," she says. "He's a dream. I want to work with him again, but in a comedy."
Even so, memories of her escapades as a precocious preteen did give Potter a good reference point for detective work. "I always liked Nancy Drew mysteries and the Hardy Boys when I was a kid," she giggles. "I [would pretend to be] an FBI agent. I would break into people's homes and see if they were having affairs. My sister Bridget and I thought we were Charlie's Angels. We got so busted. We walked in [the neighbor's house] and were like, 'Okay, whose underwear are these?' They were her husband's, of course."
While she says she might consider doing another suspense flick, Potter who's currently shooting the romantic comedy I'm with Lucy reiterates her preference for more light-hearted fare. "Comedy's my favorite thing in the whole world," she insists. "I think it's a science."