It's perhaps the only moment in the interview where there's a hint of something troubling beneath the surface. I tell McElhone that I saw the pilot for Californication during "pilot week" in LA, when networks decide which shows to buy and thought it was funny and witty and loved the David Duchovny character. I've got this really strong feeling that you have to do it. I wrote it in such a blind haze. They were smart, sexy, complicated women. As well as dealing with the legal intricacies of death and giving birth to Rex, she's also been writing a comedy, "set around here".
Replaying the tape later, it feels like I'm listening to some sort of life-therapy course.
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She's been nothing if not busy. She says "You don't know who anyone really is in LA. It's the second series of Californication in which she stars with David Duchovny as the pined-for ex-girlfriend to his disaffected writer, Hank. So it might be the last time that everybody can be in the same room together, who was connected, which will be beautiful, I hope. Probably from him, from his attitude to life. She'd never done series television before and her audition consisted of a conference call between the producers in LA and her in Hungary, where she was filming. It was a heartbreaking piece of writing, not just for what she said about Kelly "I just can't believe I won't feel his skin any more"their marriage "We never raised our voices to one another" and the loss she felt for their boys or, as he called them, "his pups", but also because, in the midst of her grief and shock, she could be so articulate.