TV Guide: We're impressed, Cybill: After 40 years in the biz and at 58, you're still working like a madwoman. There's your role on Showtime's The L Word, and then this month, you're debuting a recurring role on USA Network's Psych. How do you feel?
I'm thrilled! It's the most activity I'vehad in, like, the 10 years since Cybill went off the air. I'malways amazed that I go through down periods of notdoing a lot of work and then the roller coaster just continuesup another hill. The funny thing is, my character inPsych is named Madeline — just like in Moonlighting. Thatmay not be an accident....
TV Guide: No, because writers seem to be incorporating bits of your real life into your roles. Like on The L Word, your character had a "crush" on Salma Hayek — which you said you had in real life, right?
Yeah! [Laughs] Andalso on The L Word, I did apseudo-striptease on a divingboard, which is what I also didin [my 1971 film debut,] TheLast Picture Show. I only doone once every 40 years!
TV Guide: You've hinted that you've actually thought about taking a lesbian lover, so...?
Oh, my![Laughs] Uh... a little bit....
TV Guide: What does that mean?
Shepherd: That's all I'm gonna say! But I will say I'm thrilled to see [gay] couples getting married in California, and I'm gonna do what I can to keep it that way. Because if you're voting against gay marriage, you need to get a life.
TV Guide: You play Corbin Bernsen's ex-wife on Psych. Why do another series?
Because the show has a crisp, fast way with dialogueand also because I've always loved Corbin. I've known himover the years and I always felt like we had great chemistry,but I never had the chance to work with him and... well,see, so many of the successes of my career have had to dowith the chemistry I had with certain actors.
TV Guide: Like with Bruce Willis in Moonlighting?
And Christine Baranski in Cybill. And those weren't accidents — I had a lot to do with who played those two roles, and I always veered toward the person with whom I felt we had some snap, crackle and pop between us.
TV Guide: Speaking of which: It was always reported that you were constantly fighting with both Bruce and Christine. Was that true?
Well, yeah — we were! [Laughs] Though Iwouldn't say we were fighting all the time. It was goodtraction is what it was. Those were great combos, and Idon't regret anything.
TV Guide: Psych is about a fake psychic detective, but have you had any real paranormal experiences? Like, you once dated Elvis Presley — ever seen his ghost?
[Laughs] Not in a waythat I feel I have to call Ghostbusters, but I've been hauntedby Elvis in the sense that...well, when I knew him, he wasvery sweet, but also very seriouslyinto drugs, and so I'vebeen haunted by wishing hecould have lived longer. BecauseI'm from Memphis, andI've had the fame thing, too,so maybe I could have been agood friend and helped him.
TV Guide: You played Martha Stewart in two over-the-top TV-movies. Ever hear how Martha felt about your performances?
No.I mean, I'm not getting anyinvitations to be on her showor anything! But rememberthose claymation CelebrityDeathmatch fights? It wouldhave been funny to see Marthaand me in one, right? But she'staller than me, and I wouldn'twant to face her in a darkstreet. [Pause] Unless I had myGerman shepherd with me — then I'd take on Martha!
TV Guide: Are you still Botox-free?
I haven't done it yet. It's just like the years went past and I haven't done it. I think I will do something, but I'm afraid of what I'll look like. But I'll do something sometime, because it's gonna get ridiculous after a while!
TV Guide: You're famous for saying and doing whatever you feel like, so, hey, why haven't you done a reality show?
I'veturned down at least 20 reality shows! But reality TV isabout humiliation and —
TV Guide: They'd edit it to make you look like a total bitch?
Oh, yeah. [Pause] But never say never!
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