In the movie, Ralph is tired of being the bad guy. After playing Sue Sylvester so famously on Glee, is there any part of you that kind of relates to that?
No, not at all. I’m grateful for [Sue]. I still do a lot of other things. I think the most important thing is that I don’t see myself as a one-trick pony.
A good example of that is A.C.O.D., which I had the pleasure of seeing at Sundance last month, in which you play a sort of child therapist who reconnects with a former now-adult patient played by your Party Down co-star Adam Scott. Now in real life, you’re married to a clinical psychologist and you’ve also authored a very personal memoir, so I couldn’t help but wonder whether the character you play in A.C.O.D. pulls from your own personal experiences.
No, I’ve been playing therapists and psychologists for a long time. I think most notoriously on Two and Half Men. For some reason, I tend to play psychologists. I guess I have enough of the crazy and enough of the well-spoken entitlement to tell somebody else they’re crazy.
I couldn’t help but think of you during the weekend because I caught a glimpse of the Westminster Dog Show, and it just made me think of Best in Show and all the other Christopher Guest movies you were a part of.
I think Christopher just captured that whole culture. And that movie stands up over time. It’s 13 years old and I think it’s still very funny.
He’s working on a show for HBO now, but are you planning to collaborate again soon.
I hope so. I probably can’t do that [show] because I’m on Glee. But I hope we do something. I hope I haven’t reached the end of that line.
On Glee, Will and Emma almost got married last night, but what can we expect from Sue in the second half of the season.
My storyline gets very interesting. I start having a feud with Darren Criss who plays Blaine. That’s about all I can tell you, but we have a feud where we sing at each other.
Forgive me for reaching this far back, but I’ve only seen The Fugitive on cable about 117 times since it first came out in 1993. And you have a small but essential role as one of Harrison Ford’s loyal doctor colleagues. IMDb.com, which is always right, claimed you earned $8,000 to play Dr. Kathy Wahlund.
Yeah, that was another part that was written for a man. They basically thought the movie was too man-heavy. I knew [director] Andy Davis’ assistant at the time, and she told them that there was this girl in Chicago who can do it. They hired me without even auditioning me, and that was such a crazy thing for me. The $8,000 was a ton of money, and still is a ton of money.
I got to the set that day and I was very very very very nervous, because I was going to meet Harrison Ford, who was quite possibly the biggest star in the world at that time. Harrison was not pleased with how the scene was written, and so he grabbed me and we went in to his trailer and we kind of mapped out the beats of what we thought the scene should be. I was pretty good at that kind of thing, so I held my own, and we immediately became two actors just trying to figure out how to make this thing work. I spent some nice time with him in his huge trailer and couldn’t believe I was there actually working with him.
It’s not inevitable, but when an animated film is as successful as Wreck-it Ralph, there’s bound to be talk about sequels. Is that something you’d embrace?
I’d jump into it in a second. It was so much fun.