PLAY­ING IT STRAIGHT A RUSH FOR MAL­ICK

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SHE’S made a ca­reer out of play­ing dizzy bim­bos, most fa­mously Nina Van Horn, the lik­ably nar­cis­sis­tic fash­ion ed­i­tor in ’90s sit­com hit Just Shoot Me! But when it came to pick­ing her next tele­vi­sion role, Wendie Mal­ick was de­ter­mined this time – she wouldn’t be type­cast.

“I told my agents I wanted to play a re­ally smart girl next time; some­one who was in charge, and who wasn’t quite as ‘dingie’ as some of the women I’ve played,” the 65 year-old actor says from her base in LA.

What her agents found was the role of Cap­tain Lind­say Cole in

Rush Hour, Seven’s new crime se­ries based on the 1998 film of the same name.

“I read it and thought, ‘Well, I’ve never been the boss in a po­lice depart­ment be­fore. That could be fun!’”

Al­though she’s play­ing it straight in Rush Hour, the se­ries utilises the con­sid­er­able comic tal­ents of all its cast.

“When they as­sem­bled this cast I think they re­alised they had peo­ple with comedic chops and it would be silly not to ex­ploit that,” Mal­ick ex­plains.

“There are so many pro­ce­dural shows on tele­vi­sion that are dark and edgy, and I think now, more than ever, peo­ple need a chance to let off some steam. And hu­mour does that.”

While she ad­mits she finds it hard to pick her favourite comedic role, Nina Van Horn will al­ways hold a spe­cial place in her heart.

“That show was so much fun,” she ad­mits. “We are all still friends.

“We had din­ner about a month ago, and I just saw En­rico (Colan­toni, who played El­liot) in New York, our di­rec­tor and Laura San Gi­a­como (Maya) a few weeks ago, and I talked to David Spade (Dennis) the other day.

“We’ve stayed in each other’s lives.”

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