Mira Sorvino in the 'House'
By M&C Smallscreen Feb 3, 2008, 18:46 GMT
10/18/2007 - Mira Sorvino - © Glenn Harris / PR Photos
Oscar winning actress Mira Sorvino guests as ailing psychiatrist Dr. Cate Milton. She is trapped in a South Pole research station and Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) and his team must treat her remotely through a webcam.
“It’s not just a patient/doctor relationship,” Sorvino said. “It’s more like a meeting of the minds between two somewhat similar people. I think he feels sympathy for her when she’s really all alone and has to diagnose herself constantly and things go from bad to worse. They understand each other. They’re similar in that they’re both loners and strong-willed, and there’s this nice little subplot of chemistry and sexual tension.”
The Oscar winner described herself as a crazy “House” fan. Sorvino had a phone interview with online reporters recently about starring on her favorite TV show, the sparks between Cate and House, and House's core good guy persona.
“When I met Hugh at the Golden Globes three years ago, I just started gushing about how much I loved the show and I think I might have frightened him. I was really excited to do (this episode) and enter the world of my favorite show. It’s the equivalent of me as a child getting to go on ‘The Six Million Dollar Man.’ I would love to come back for an extended story arc.”
The post-Super Bowl episode also reveals who House’s best friend Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), is dating.
“That’s the one thing I’ve really been sworn to secrecy about,” Sorvino said. “It’s a fantastic episode and I think a whole new audience will be introduced to ‘House,’ and I have a feeling they’re really going to like it.”
More on Sorvino:
On how she came to do 'House':
"Well, I’m a crazy House fan. It’s my favorite show on TV, and it’s funny because once I got pregnant with my first child, I ended up watching a lot more TV than I had for years and I just became absolutely addicted to House and just thought it was so intelligent and thought Hugh is so fantastic...
So when I met Hugh at the Golden Globe three years ago, and I was five months pregnant and nominated for 'Human Trafficking' and he was nominated for House and we were all seated at the same table, I just started gushing about how much I loved the show. And I think I might have frightened him.
But then a few years later they called and said, 'We know Mira loves the show. We think we have one of the best female characters we’ve ever written on it. Would she like to come and do an episode?' I was really excited to do it, entering the world of my favorite show."
On being a TV fan in general:
"When you’re a film actor, you kind of reserve TV as the last bastion of suspension of disbelief. You get used to the characters and you don’t really think about the way that it’s made. When I watch movies, I’m a lot more critical about the stunts, the edits, the performances. But on TV that’s my little place where, OK, I’m just watching. I’m like everybody else; I’m just a spectator enjoying this."
On her character psychoanalyzing House:
"She has one line where he says, 'Oh, now you’re going to fix me,' because she’s telling him about some of his issues. And he says, 'And now, I suppose you’re going to tell me I need to be fixed.' She says, 'I never said you needed to be fixed.' So she kind of likes him the way he is with all of his issues, which I think is cool.
And everybody else is always trying to change him and they’re always moralizing. I feel like Wilson is always missing the fact that House is actually a good guy — even though he’s a jerk, he’s a good guy anyway."
On the chemistry between her character and House:
"At first I think it’s more founded on a little bit of skepticism on both sides. He doesn’t really believe in psychiatry at all and sort of mocks her for that, doesn’t think of her as a real doctor. She is the only medical professional on site to help the whole Antarctic exploring team down there, so she doesn’t want to use up any of the medical supplies on theoretical diagnoses...So it starts out that way, and then as they start communicating, for some reason, I think he feels sympathy for her when she’s really all alone and has to diagnosis herself constantly and things go from bad to worse. They understand each other.
I feel that she gets him in a way that none of the actual people in his world get him. They’re similar in that they’re both loners and strong-willed and there’s this nice little subplot, chemistry, sexual tension. . . . You definitely feel that if they were not separated by thousands of miles and glaciers that maybe something would happen."
On whether her character returns:
"There’s talk of it, but because of the writers' strike, no one knows what’s going to happen. No one knows the plot lines because the writers have been unable to work since then, and they’re obviously the ones who will decide what happens to this character and to House. But I would love it."