It’s funny, when I had just watched an episode of The Good Wife with you as Judge Patrice Lessner [and you reprised your role this season]. Do you have plans to return to the show again next year?
I usually do one or two a season. It’s a completely different move for me and it’s really, really fun, and it’s just a nice thing to add into the mix of all of the other weird stuff that I’m doing … It’s just lovely because those guys are so outrageously talented, and Julianna [Margulies] is just a master class in restraint acting. She’s incredible. So, I always have a good time.
It’s great because I mostly do comedy, obviously – my guest star stuff recently has been The Mindy Project, Girls, much better known comedies – but to have that drama experience is great.
Speaking of Girls, you’re playing Shoshanna’s mom when the show returns.
Yes, I’m so excited.
How many episodes are you doing?
I’m just doing the premiere episode, but I loved doing it. It was really, really fun. They actually sort of shot it out of order. They shot it at the end of the season, I don’t know why, but they went back in and structurally added me later.
I love the show, and I think [Shoshanna’s] character in particular is incredibly compelling, and sort of neurotic and sad. So, it was a very interesting, and it was fun being able to be a part of fleshing out her backstory.
When Rita Wilson signed on to play Marnie’s (Allison Williams) mother, she made sure there was a “no nudity” clause in her contract. Did you request something similar?
No. [Laughs] No one wants to see Shoshanna’s mom naked, believe me.
And given that you filmed this flu PSA, I was curious when was the last time you were sick.
Oh, last winter. So, it was the polar vortex. I got the stuff that everybody had. But, that was because my children puked directly on me. Seriously. That’s one that’s really hard to get away from. And I was actually sick on a New York City subway on the way back from MoMA, and I had plastic bags and somebody tweeted about it. She was very nice about it, but she was like, “I just want to say that Ana Gasteyer puked next to me on the train.” [Laughs] It was like the worst day of my life.
Watch Gasteyer’s adorably mothering Lysol ad on how to stay healthy this holiday season. Because, honestly, who wants to be sick during Christmas?