Lisa Edelstein: "Now, I enjoy life!" - March 3rd 2012 Interview LE gave to French Gala Magazine.
Isabelle (isahevras) has very kindly done a more accurate translation of the article from French into English for us - please find the 'new translation' and a link to the original post about this article on IWFLE under the cut.
A note from Freya : Please note that Lisa's words have been translated from English into French and then translated by Isabelle back into English again. It is possible there are innacuracies in the words used or that the interviewer has taken translation liberties with Lisa's words. For example Lisa's house is (as we know from an article published on this site earlier in the year) decorated in a Japanese style not a Mediteranean one, it is also doubtful that someone as diplomatic as Lisa would use the word "imprisoned" when refering to her 7 years on House, it is possible another word was used here by Lisa and it has been translated badly by the interviewer in the original French text.
Interview with Lisa Edelstein (Gala Magazine)
Lisa Edelstein : « Now, I enjoy life”
IN this new season of House, the relationship between the character she plays -Cuddy, Dean of Medicine- and the most cynical doctor ever, takes a “hotter” turn, as if set ablaze by passion. It didn’t stop Lisa from quitting last July after seven years of good and faithful service because she couldn’t reach a financial agreement with the producers.
Aged 45, Lisa, the daughter of a pediatrician, who played supporting roles or foils for many years, knows exactly what she wants: to be a free woman in Hollywood: free to ask the best, free to take unexpected roads or to love painter Robert Russell, the most secret of her loves.
Gala: French fans of House can see you on their screens again but your departure from the show was a great shock last year in the US. What have you been up to lately?
LE: I enjoy life. For seven years, I was imprisoned in a role and a series. For lack of time and energy, I couldn’t devote my time to any other project. I’ve come back to what I like most: writing and producing. I use my brain.
Gala: Is acting something for you now?
LE: Certainly not. The producers of the Good Wife contacted me to play the role of an off-the-wall lawyer and I said yes immediately. Thanks to House, I’m in a very comfortable financial situation and I can afford to choose what’s best for me.
Gala: Are you still on good terms with the House cast members?
LE: When I left the show, I was very sad but I’m still convinced it was the best thing to do. I’m really hoping for new things to happen. I’m very happy with my new life.
Gala: Tell us more about your new life:
LE: I no longer need to go to the House set at 6am and go back home at 11pm. I now spend my time either in my LA house or in my New York apartment. I spend hours behind a desk working on several projects. Lately, I spent several months on the east coast shooting The Good Wife in NYC but I like returning to LA since I bought my dream house there!
Gala: Is this house a picture of you?
LE: It’s a haven for me. I was built in the Mediterranean style, it’s very warm. Even if I was born in Boston, I’m not ready to give up this little piece of Heaven.
Gala: What do you do when you’re not working on your projects?
LE: I travel. Meeting new people and discovering new customs is one the things I like most. For instance, I always love visiting France. Last spring, I went to Paris to see some friends. I also have friends in the south of France.
Gala: What do you like about French people?
LE: Honestly, I think the Frenchies are irresistible. You’re all very different, depending on what part of the country you live in. I remember a young woman on the Riviera who had the nerve to tell me I was annoying her when all I asked her was to take a picture of me with a friend!
Gala: People say it will soon be the end of House. Could Cuddy possibly return to the show?
LE: Do not give false hope to the fans. I haven’t spoken to anyone about it. I find it funny at my age to be in the same situation as seven years ago.
Gala: Speaking of age, are you afraid of aging?
LE: Not at all, because in Hollywood, life is now possible for actresses who are over 40. Today, there are five American TV shows whose heroines are over 40. Life for me is as stressing as exciting.
Find the Link to the original post of this article at IWFLE here : http://iwatchforlisae.livejournal.com/81
Thank-you Isabelle for your hardwork in translating the article!