We loved her in Grey’s Anatomy. We loved her in Knocked Up. We admit it, we love Katherine Heigl. That’s why we can’t wait for State of Affairs, her new, action-packed CIA drama, which premieres Monday, November 17 at 10/9c on NBC. Katherine spoke with us about what’s cooking on the show—not to mention what she’ll be cooking up for the holidays.
This cast is amazing! What’s it like working with these great actors including Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard?
The cast is fantastic. I’ll start with Alfre, who plays President Constance Payton. She’s such a gifted woman, I learn from her every scene we share. Her focus, dedication, and energy in this role are inspiring to me.
David Harbour, who plays the chief of staff, DP, has a clear idea of his character and when we step on set he’s in it 110%. The gang of Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Tommy Savas, and Cliff Chamberlain, who play my fellow CIA briefers, are fun. We’ve all become really close. We enjoy each other on and off screen. When we’re on set for long hours it’s great to share that time with this group. We’ve really bonded as friends, which makes going to work a genuine pleasure.
Tell us about your character Charlie Tucker. What do you like most about playing her?
Charleston Whitney Tucker is a strong, smart female. She has access to the most confidential information our country has, and she’s working for the most powerful person in the United States.
I love getting to play this woman who seems to have it together professionally, but much less so on the personal side. She’s somewhat broken because of her fiancé’s death, but yet she’s very intelligent and good at her job so that keeps her going. Sure she’s a little bit unfocused personally, but I think that would happen to anyone who has experienced such a major loss. Obviously, we are making a television show so it might be a bit more exaggerated, but I think it’s true at the core and I like playing that.
On the professional front, it’s invigorating to play a confident woman who is looked up to by her peers and who is an authority on some very complex issues that face our country. It’s given me some serious respect for the people who do this in real life.
If you could have anyone guest star on the show, who would it be?
I have to say one of my best, closest friends, T.R. Knight. I’d love him to come on as a guest star. He’s not only a close personal friend, he’s an extremely talented actor and I’d love him to be on
Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
Louis C.K. I just find him to be very funny, like most people do, and his Twitter feed is highly entertaining to me. I think I gravitate towards him because he’s smart, outspoken, and also very intelligent.
Growing up who was your ultimate TV crush?
I started working in the industry when I was young and I didn’t have a ton of time to watch TV. So actually I can’t say I had a crush.
The holidays are coming up. What is your favorite holiday dish?
I love so much of the holidays. The food, the time with family—it’s all great. My best dish is rutabaga puree. It’s so good with tons of carrots, cream, and butter. Not the healthiest dish, but I love it. Actually thinking about it now makes me hungry to have some!
State of Affairs premieres Monday, November 17 at 10/9c on NBC.