'Better Call Saul's Rhea Seehorn on Kim and Jimmy's Complicated Past: 'She Loves Him'
By Leanne Aguilera
Another week, another brilliant episode of Better Call Saul.
In this week's all-new hour of the smash AMC drama, the Kettlemans finally showed the full spectrum of their crazy colors and it was up to Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) to sway their allegiances back to Kim (Rhea Seehorn) and subsequently back to Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill. And he did all of this despite the awkward aftermath of Kim turning down Jimmy's offer to be partner alongside him at his booming elder law-centric firm.
ETonline chatted with Better Call Saul star Rhea Seehorn to find out more about Kim and Jimmy's mysterious past, their current relationship status, and if she should have accepted her friend's generous (yet almost naïve) offer.
ETonline: One of our main takeaways from this episode was the realization of just how much Jimmy loves Kim, do you feel like the feelings are mutual?
RS: I think he does and I think she loves him. They've done a great job at making that as grey and as complex as that statement should be.
After this episode and seeing the way that Hamlin tossed her to the side after one just mistake, where is Kim's head at in terms of her career?
RS: I was very surprised in this episode when I got the script at how quickly Hamlin just tosses Kim to the curb after she lost a client. She's got to ingest that, and that doesn’t feel great -- especially after you've just seen her tell Jimmy that her loyalty is to Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill. She definitely looks up to them. She admires this firm as the epitome of morality and law, and that's the place that she wants to practice. She had this ambitious two-year-plan, so I think that's a hard thing to ingest and realize [Hamlin] would do that.
Do you think Kim should have accepted Jimmy's offer as a partner, or do you think her talents are better utilized with Hamlin? RS: I love being able to show that Kim really is a good lawyer. She worked her ass off on that case and, although it was wonderful to play that scene with the Kettlemans who went bats--t crazy, she did an incredible job coming up with any kind of deal for these people. You get to see that she really is good. Likewise, I love when they show that Jimmy is a very good lawyer -- it's just the circumstances that you put him in that alter what he's saying. Jimmy is working just as hard to make something of himself [as Kim is]. They both didn’t come from much, and have a history of knowing how hard each other works. I don’t think it's personal at all that she can't come and be his partner. I think she adores him, but there are very real reasons why she can't do that.
You have mentioned that Jimmy and Kim have a long history together, are fans going to get to see a flashback into their friendship?
RS: I wouldn’t want to spoil that either way. I'm not going to say. My first garage smoking scene with Jimmy was just amazing, and I will forever be in love with the fact that I got to play that scene. The dichotomy of language and gestures the [Better Call Saul writers] create while still showing such rich history of a deep, long relationship that's been through a lot is amazing. You can see the history, and they continue to show that in those scenes. Like I said, I love them for making it as complex as it should be.
If you could share a scene with any Breaking Bad character, who would you want it to be?
RS: It's funny I've been asked this before and here's the truth: I would pick Saul. I'm living my fantasy. I was -- and am -- a huge fan of the show, and not just the show, but the actors in [Breaking Bad]. The actors are tremendously gifted and talented people and just being around any of them would be great, but I honestly would want to be doing scenes with Saul. So I could not be more thrilled that that's what I'm doing.
On the other hand, is there a character from the Better Call Saul world that you would like to see Kim finally share a scene with?
RS: I have to say, because enjoy him quite a bit off-set as well, it would be pretty fun to be in a scene with Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks). I just think he's certainly a force to be reckoned with and for some reason I think Kim would really enjoy that. Maybe they would just have a stare-off.