The mother you love — but probably wouldn’t want to have as your own — is back. Lucille Bluth makes her triumphant return along with the rest of the “Arrested Development” gang on Netflix beginning May 26. There’s a lot of thought that goes into what Lucille drinks and wears. A little preview …
Can you get into character as Lucille if you don’t have a drink in your hand?
You know, in most of my scenes, I don’t have a drink in my hands. I pick the scenes very specifically where I drink, and I also pick the drinks very specifically — [the time of day for the character dictates whether] it’s a martini or chardonnay or Champagne.
If it’s a morning scene, unless it’s a very desperate occasion, I will have a chardonnay. She does not drink red wine, nor do I. If it’s past 3 o’clock in the afternoon in the script, she will have a martini. There was one scene at 8 a.m. in the original series — I come marching into the model home and I say, “I’ll have a vodka tonic,” and he says, “Mom, it’s 8 a.m.” And she says, “And a piece of toast.” So it’s all very specific.
“The X-Files” star been on “Hannibal” this season, but she’s poised to make a big splash this summer and fall with “The Fall” on Netflix and NBC’s “Crisis.” In “The Fall” (on Netflix Tuesday, May 28), Anderson plays Stella Gibson, a detective brought in to stop a serial killer in Belfast. “The Fall” also features “The Good Wife’s” Archie Panjabi — “Archie is a fantastic actress and we have a very interesting and compelling relationship in ‘The Fall.’” — and “Once Upon a Time’s” Jamie Dornan.
A little tease …
Were you drawn to the character of Stella Gibson or the story of “The Fall”? I think if I’m honest, primarily, initially, the character. I find her so intriguing and I still find her quite mysterious and I think that’s quite unusual for a contemporary drama. I like the way she handles situations and I thought I kind of need to be this person for a while. Obviously, the scripts themselves were very well-written, very compelling, very emotionally engaging. I knew that after having conversations with [the minds behind “The Fall”] that they had similar ideas as I did about how it should be shot and once we were all on the same page, it just seemed like something I couldn’t not do.