TODAY | April 23, 2013
>>> she's been in more than 20 films and a dozen tv shows , including the hit show, "veronica's closet" playing opposite kirstie aalley and then she was in " sister act " and now is guest-starring on showtime's "the big c " playing a no-nonsense therapist for someone battling cancer.
>> i'm so happy. i'm so happy. there would have been an age where i can enjoy the fruits of medical science . i love chemo.
>> what else can you be honest with? you're not enough?
>> no. i am great. i am great, i give you that. but to someone you've had a longer history with and aren't paying could be a real asset.
>> oh, wow.
>> hello, kathy.
>> i've always known you for years and years as a comedienne, along with your partner, mo gaffney . to see you tackling this heavy duty , to go from what you did on the stage before to a very heavy-duty thing. they do use a lot of comedy in this show.
>> yeah, that's what you just said exactly what attracted me to it and why when they came to me and said, will you do it right away, i said yes. because i liked fact that they take a subject that's really serious, on "the big c " but they don't dramatize it and don't make her an angel. sometimes they take a person who is sick in the story and make them perfect. she is flawed, laura linney 's character. there's a lot of comedy, but not like zany hospital comedy, like real life . i love that people living with or dying of cancer, it's a gift, this show.
>> they've really embraced it, haven't they?
>> it's lonely.
>> what was it like working with her?
>> it was like a master class . the hall of fame , oliver platte, laura linney . i love oliver platte.
>> isn't he cute?
>> he is. he's your type, hoda.
>> he is. and i like that they let me sort of do what i wanted. i always consider myself, a therapist. don't you feel like i can do that with my friends. let me tell you, here's what to do.
>> some people are either that way or not. they're the care-givers, like mother earth , what you need right now is an enema.
>> that's what you said to me that time.
>> every time i see you.
>> you like to play with this role a little bit, kathy? ha were y what were you able to do?
>> they're so great, such good writing, they gave it to me and said, do what you want to do. she's a no-bull sort of person. she says what she thinks, which is sort of what i do. i approached it as if she was my best friend talking to me. that's what i did.
>> but she pays you.
>> yes, exactly. i wanted to talk to her like i would and just say, no, that's ridiculous, but yes, i understand that. i got to sort of just be myself.
>> this is the last season and it's got the extra work after. what does that mean?
>> i don't know.
>> you'll find something.
>> i read something i was surprised, your husband is in a rock band .
>> he is a rock band .
>> he is a rock band .
>> dan of the dan band .
>> cool. does he tour.
>> look at you bowling.
>> look at that.
>> what is more fun than -- are those something else, those are mammaries, right?
>> what's more fun than bowling? nothing.
>> there's a picture of us bowling. that's the most work we've done all year is hold the ball. like we're not that couple. he's got a show called the dan band and he's the lead singer and it's funny and he swear as lot and he has a huge audience.
>> yeah. it's like "the hangover" and all of those kinds of things.
>> you both have actual jobs and make money and such.
>> unlike most people on this planet.
>> exactly. you goes up and down.
>> yeah, it sure does.
>> you're going to work again.
>> i have a feeling.
>> give everybody on the show our regards.