Most actors might not want a TV series to come to an end.
Especially one such as HBO’s Getting On,
a critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated comedy about medical professionals working
to keep life together at a Long Beach, California geriatric ward, which is
finishing its run after three short seasons. The series returns for its final six episodes on Sunday, Nov. 8. But for Alex Borstein, who
plays head nurse Dawn Forchette, it’s not entirely an unwelcome situation.
“My preference really is to be able to move around,” the
42-year-old actress tells ETonline. While sad the show itself is drawing to a close, Borstein is comfortable shifting her focus on new projects, such as Fox's upcoming animated comedy, Bordertown, and the holiday film, Love the Coopers.
During her 20-plus years in Hollywood, most of which has
been spent off-camera voicing popular animated characters, Borstein has built a
career as a character actress, appearing for a scene (or episode) or two on any
given project. Fans will also remember seeing her bid on John Goodman in Coyote Ugly, take down Will Ferrell in Kicking and Screaming, as the harpist on
Gilmore Girls, or her various
characters on MADtv.
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Sure, she’s not the marquee star, but Borstein is usually
stealing all the laughs -- even if she doesn’t always view it that way. “The
term ‘scene stealer’ supposes that you are taking something that’s not yours,” she
says, relishing more in being able to impress directors with what’s been handed
“The joy of being a character actor is that you usually get
to come in and do a beautiful piece of icing -- and there are a lot of other
people, structurally holding up the cake -- and you get to come and accent it
wonderfully,” Borstein adds.
Of course, she’s most popular for lending her voice to Lois
Griffin for 14 seasons on Family Guy.
It’s the one role that seems to contradict her preference to keep things
moving. But there is an appeal to the part, which she’s helped write over the
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“Lois is one of the greatest sitcom moms of all time,”
Borstein says, “because she plays the voice of reason, she has to sometimes
harp and be a mom, but she’s also got this dark underbelly, this wonderful
sexuality and great heaving relationship with her husband, and you don’t get to
see that a lot in sitcom moms or female characters.”
Returning as a writer for the series in season 14 renewed Borstein’s
creative instincts, keeping things fresh for her as she creates new layers for
the personality she’s developed for nearly two decades. “I love being part of
the guts of something,” she says. “It’s so much fun to be on the inside and
watch it kind of flourish. It’s like planting seeds -- you feel so invested.”