Numerous medical shows have come and gone, but FOX's House
is one of the fortunate few that have remained. Actress Lisa Edelstein
believes that the show's staying power is rooted in its ability to resonate with all kinds of viewers.
“The show really crosses generations,” Edelstein told Jewish Woman
magazine. “It's very smart, so educated working adults don't feel like they're being talked down to when they watch the show. And kids love House [Hugh Laurie
] because he's such a brat. So I think there's something in it for a lot of people.”
, Lisa Edelstein plays Lisa Cuddy, the Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital administrator. Edelstein's Cuddy has a complicated and quirky relationship with the hospital's brilliant but brutally frank head diagnostician.
“There is great love and admiration between these two people and a huge amount of respect, and it's very conflicted, which makes it incredibly rich,” Edelstein said. “When you narrow a relationship down to ‘good' or ‘bad,' it's boring to watch. So I've enjoyed that as the years go by their relationship is being unveiled and its complications become more evident.”
Apart from witnessing her House
character's relationships develop, Lisa Edelstein is also enjoying the fact that she is part of a successful series, especially since she wasn't at all happy with her previous television gigs.
“I absolutely hated my job on MTV,” she said, recalling the time when she worked as a VJ on the music channel. “It was five days a week, four hours a day, of national humiliation. I never wanted to be a host. I felt like an idiot doing it. But it paid, and I had just finished working on my play for two years and I was broke… [it] was a great job in terms of getting me grounded again, and it got me a good agent.”
She added, “I absolutely feel more at home in my career now. It's been a long career and one I've worked very hard at. Being on such a successful show is a great gift. Emmys or no Emmys, I'm already at 9 out of 10 in terms of being filled with gratitude.”
Medicine is not a totally alien subject to Edelstein, as her father's a doctor. She is aware of the flaws of the medical system, but understands that since it is a product of mankind, it is inevitably subject to error and imperfection.
“The medical system is a complicated system; it's human, it's run by humans and we make mistakes trying to help each other,” she said. “People have limited ideas about what's possible.”
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Jewish Woman magazine
(Image Courtesy of FOX)