The time Nick Offerman and I spent about a third of the interview talking about Lucy Lawless playing his new “Parks & Recreation” love interest. Spoiler alert: she’s not named Tammy.
“It’s so funny,” Offerman told The Huffington Post during a phone interview. “When we came down to figuring out who it was going to be, we realized that the world of popular culture had been creating the perfect candidate for many years: the female champion of the universe.”
What’s it been like shooting? It’s a new dynamic for Ron.
It is, honestly. Having Ron have a chance at something real actually made me kind of nervous in the scenes because it was a new side of Ron that we haven’t explored. I felt like a high school kid at a dance or something, maybe asking a young lady to dance for the first time because usually when he gets involved with a woman, it’s because he can’t control himself and there’s some sort of impulsive sexual mania taking him over. But in this case, they sort of meet and see in each other the possibility of something through much more down to earth, realistic means and so it was really quite fun. It was really fun also to just have someone who has such a statuesque presence. Lucy is such an incredible leading lady that I haven’t had the opportunity in my entire career to stand next to someone like her and speak dialogue, so it’s pretty exciting. [Laughs.]
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