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Cybill Shepherd Shoots from the Lip on her Psych Gig

Cybill Shepherd talks about her role on Psych (Fridays at 10 pm/ET, USA), her decision to remain un-Botoxed and being haunted by Elvis. 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? Cybill Shepherd: I'm thrilled! It's the most activity I've had in, like, the 10 years since Cybill went off the air. I'm always amazed that I go through down periods of not doing a lot of work and then the roller coaster just continues up another hill. The funny thing is, my character in Psych is named Madeline — just like in Moonlighting. That may not be an accident....

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Cybill Shepherd talks about her role on Psych (Fridays at 10 pm/ET, USA), her decision to remain un-Botoxed and being haunted by Elvis.

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?
Cybill Shepherd:
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?
Shepherd:
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...?
Shepherd:
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?
Shepherd:
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?
Shepherd:
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?
Shepherd:
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?
Shepherd:
[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?
Shepherd:
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?
Shepherd:
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?
Shepherd:
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?
Shepherd:
Oh, yeah. [Pause] But never say never!

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