Q& A

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DAR­REN DEV­LYN COUGAR TOWN, South­ern Cross, Tues­day 10.30pm

COURTENEY Cox is used to suc­cess, achiev­ing world­wide fame play­ing Mon­ica Geller in 10 sea­sons of Friends. Cox ( pic­tured) was so pop­u­lar she earnt $ 1 mil­lion an episode for the last two sea­sons of the hit US sit­com. Which is partly what has made the Cougar Town ex­pe­ri­ence so frus­trat­ing for the 48- year- old. Cox plays sin­gle 40- some­thing mother Jules Cobb in the raunchy sit­com. She is also one of the ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. In the US, Cougar Town dropped from 11 mil­lion to 6 mil­lion view­ers over its 24- episode first sea­son. Talk­ing to Cox in Los Angeles, Cougar Town’s fu­ture is on her mind. Q: Do you think your suc­cess on Friends was a prob­lem forCougar Town? Were ex­pec­ta­tions too high? A: It was def­i­nitely a prob­lem. There were so many peo­ple who loved [ Friends ]. You can’t please ev­ery­body. Q: There has been a lot of chat about a name change for the show. Why is that? A: The show was al­ways go­ing to be about Jules and her son and her friends. At the start, Jules had just got out of a mar­riage so she got out into the world and dated a lot of guys. But it was never go­ing to be just about that. Q: Jules gets en­gaged to her neigh­bour Grayson El­lis [ Josh Hop­kins] in se­ries three. A: She’s neu­rotic but she’s game for any­thing. She’s ner­vous about bring­ing her bag­gage into the re­la­tion­ship. We’re tack­ling is­sues rather than ‘‘ will they, won’t they?’’ Q: What are the dif­fer­ences be­tween you and your char­ac­ter Jules? A: I can’t be­lieve how open Jules is. I would never be OK with some stuff Jules is fine with. Q: You’ve tack­led ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ing and di­rect­ing as well. How much of your fu­ture will be be­hind the cam­era and how much in front of the cam­era? A: It de­pends on what hap­pens with this show. For me to be able to di­rect would be amaz­ing. I love both [ act­ing and di­rect­ing]. I love be­ing in­volved in ev­ery as­pect.

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