PLAYING IT STRAIGHT A RUSH FOR MALICK
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.”