Michaela "Mike" Quinn is playing doctor again, though this time she is a far cry from the Wild West and she'll have temperatures rising in a very different way. In a three-episode arc starting tonight on ABC's In Case of Emergency (Wednesdays at 9:30 pm/ET), Jane Seymour plays the hot-to-trot mother of David Arquette's Jason and the ardent pursuer of Jonathan Silverman's Harry. TVGuide.com spent a few minutes with the Brit beauty and Wedding Crashers cougar to discuss her bawdy new bits.
TVGuide.com: So, is there love in the air for Jason's mother? Or at least some lust?
Jane Seymour: A lot of lust. A lot of lust. It's a completely incongruous relationship that comes out of a funeral and surprises Jonathan Silverman's character and everybody else. Basically, Donna Ventress is a woman who is kind of stuck in the '60s – big, teased hair, miniskirts, Pucci headbands....
TVGuide.com: Yeah, in all the photo coverage I have seen, she's either in this Goldie Hawn-on-Laugh In-esque outfit, or in her skivvies.
Seymour: Yes. She likes to do it almost anywhere pretty much any time. [Laughs] It's high comedy.
TVGuide.com: Well, didn't Will Ferrell show us in Wedding Crashers that funerals can be an aphrodisiac?
Seymour: There you go, yes! [Laughs] I guess she got that idea from him. All I know is that it's a wonderful, fun character. I haven't seen the whole thing put together, but what I have seen is hysterical.
TVGuide.com: In what ways, if any, is Donna unlike your Wedding Crashers man-eater?
Seymour: Well, she's a housewife, she looks totally different, with the throwback to the '60s thing, and she's not at all subtle about her lust and her intentions.
TVGuide.com: I'm sorry, which of these two ladies was subtle??
Seymour: [Laughs] This is true. I think if you liked my character in Wedding Crashers, you're going to love this. This is beyond that.
TVGuide.com: How many episodes do we have you for?
Seymour: Three. It's a wonderful arc. There's one scene with a line in it that I think will forever be remembered. In fact, they're going to put it on the cast T-shirt. [Editors note: She's right, it is a keeper.]
TVGuide.com: Does Jonathan Silverman have as gentle a touch as Owen Wilson?
Seymour: [Laughs] Harry is a pretty wild guy, but I'm pretty wild with him. He doesn't really have a lot of chance with Donna Ventress. She's quite the lioness.
TVGuide.com: When I interviewed Kelly Hu, she said, "Jane Seymour in lingerie is more than worth tuning in for."
Seymour: Oh, well, thank you. I think I surprised a lot of people because I played so against my type and my look. But that's the fun part of it. There's an amazing freedom at this stage in my career to play completely different characters.
TVGuide.com: Between Wedding Crashers, this, and your appearance on How I Met Your Mother earlier this season, you seem to have entered this "I am older woman, hear me roar" stage of your career.
Seymour: Yes, and I have a film coming out in April, Blind Dating, which you'll like, too.
TVGuide.com: In that, you play a psychiatrist who tends to undress during sessions, right?
Seymour: Yes, but just with her blind client (Just My Luck's Chris Pine). That's another wonderful character and again, a completely different look. I'm almost unrecognizable in that.
TVGuide.com: Is this a case of you being of the mindset that after Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, you needed to get out there and "shock and awe"?
Seymour: No, no! I read everything that's out there, and there's a lot that's not very good, and there's not that much that's great, especially for people my age. When I read Wedding Crashers, I went, "Oh, my god, this is insane, I can't possibly do it, because of Dr. Quinn," and by the third time reading it I said, "There's got to be a way," and I found a way of doing it where nothing was ever visible. The same [with ICE]. I thought it was time to not "shock and awe," but show that I have other abilities, especially in terms of comedy. Until Wedding Crashers, I don't think anyone ever considered me for comedy. Now, that's all I'm getting.
TVGuide.com: Do you have any other movies in the pipeline?
Seymour: Yes, I have a very poignant piece that I'm doing in July, in which I play an ex-dancer who's the ballet mistress for the Paris opera. It's me, a young girl and Jean-Pierre Cassel, who plays my ex-partner.
TVGuide.com: What about a Wedding Crashers sequel? That movie made a lot of money.
Seymour: Oh, that would be fun, wouldn't it? But there's no [sequel] talk that I know of.
TVGuide.com: What's your secret to staying in such great shape?
Seymour: Oh, I don't know, I don't think I'm in that incredible of shape. I'm an ex-dancer, so some muscle tone helps, and I try to fast-walk and stretch a bit and do some isometrics and a bit of Pilates.... I'm not a gym rat or anything like that. I like healthy foods, and I never overindulge.
TVGuide.com: Well, it's been a pleasure speaking with you....
Seymour: Help people switch over from American Idol! Please, just tell them they can watch American Idol forever, so just tune in [to In Case of Emergency] this time.
TVGuide.com: Where they can catch "United Kingdom Idol" Jane Seymour?
Seymour: There you go!
TVGuide.com: Maybe you can do some singing on ICE. Do you have any pipes?
Seymour: At this point, they'd probably like me to do anything! But I think what I've done is quite good enough. I highly recommend that people give it a look.
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