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An Interview with House, M.D.‘s Jennifer Morrison

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Jennifer Morrison plays Dr. Allison Cameron on House M.D. One of House’s (the brilliant Hugh Laurie) original fellows, Cameron now runs the Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital Emergency Room. In addition to her House duties, Morrison is featured in this spring’s Star Trek feature film. The busy and gracious Morrison kindly took time out of her hectic schedule to talk with me by phone about House and working on Star Trek.

When the series premiered in 2004, Morrison’s character Cameron was a naïve ingénue. But over the course of five seasons, Cameron has continued to grow and mature. Morrison feels lucky that her character has been able to grow, and not remained static as characters often do on long-running series. “I think that’s one of the fears doing a TV show.” If the series was going to run for a long time, “I wanted to make sure that the character would grow just like a normal person would over the years. I feel very lucky that the writers totally built that into the story.”

Morrison credits executive producer (and director of the pilot) Bryan Singer (“Superman Returns,” “X-Men,” “Usual Suspects”) for setting Cameron on the right path from the beginning. “By allowing her to show more of her vulnerability and insecurities about her herself at the beginning,” she noted, “It  gave a lot more room for her to grow over the years. I really agreed with that and thought that Bryan was right on about it.”

In the series first season or two, explained Morrison, Cameron was “a woman who had worked very hard to Morrison in "Big Baby"get to where she is. She is very smart and always at the top of her class. But she still hadn’t had an opportunity to prove herself.” Working under someone as hostile and abrasive as House “brings out your insecurities rather than your confidence,” not exactly an easy environment for Cameron to overcome her vulnerabilities.

Morrison reminded me that Cameron even began reading self-help books on assertiveness (remember season one’s “Control” and Cameron’s “soft positional bargaining?”). But she still had a long way to go. As time went on, reflected Morrison, her character found a sort of “shaky middle ground where sometimes she could find it and assert herself, and sometimes she’d kind of falter.” By the time she resigns from House’s team at the end of season three, “she’s standing her own ground and running her own department in the ER.”

No longer under  House’s thumb, Cameron doesn’t have to answer to him or subject herself to his often harsh manner. Morrison views Cameron as sort of an emergent butterfly during the last two seasons. “She was a caterpillar for three years and now she’s out of the cocoon.  It’s been really nice to watch her sort of grow into herself over these five years.”

Although Morrison said that she has little input on her character’s overall storyline (“that’s the writers’ domain”), she feels that she now has more input into “what happens with Cameron,” in her scenes. “I’ve been living with her for five years. She’s obviously very close to me.”

One of the great things about the show, Morrison added, is that “most of the writers have been with the show since the beginning.” That’s a real advantage, she noted, because,the writers are also are very close to the characters. She appreciates the sense of "real collaboration in each scene between writer and actor in crafting just how a scene will play. It’s a nice way to continue to have these characters grow,” she added.

With Cameron no longer under House's influence, I wondered what Morrison thought her alter ego took away from her experience as one of House's fellows. Morrison thinks that Cameron has become a better diagnostician from House’s influence. “Cameron can get past the wrong answers and get to the right answer quicker now.”

And knowing House so well allows Cameron to understand how House's mind works, which comes in very handy from time to time. Morrison reminded me that in “The Itch” (the episode about the agoraphobic patient), Cameron was able to anticipate the sort of mind games that House was likely to play. So when House surreptitiously switches the patient from morphine to saline (which would have caused the patient more pain–and be more likely to agree to leave his house and come to the hospital for treatment), Cameron, anticipating House, switches him back, allowing the patient to remain pain-free and in his home.

In the recent “Big Baby” Cameron assumes House’s reins from Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) so that she can spend more time with her new baby. Cameron’s experience with House is both an advantage and a disadvantage in “controlling” her brilliant but sometimes reckless old mentor. Although Cuddy warns her not to engage House, because she cannot win against the master, she does try to outwit him to varying degrees of success.

On the other hand, Morrison explained, knowing House  so well, Cameron also understands why House wants to do seemingly insane and dangerous tests. Ultimately, she couldn’t say "no" to him and couldn’t effectively manage him because she knows that however crazy and risky the test may be, House is probably right. “She knows when he gets to that point and he really thinks he needs to do something it’s really hard to say no.”

When Cameron resigned from House’s team at the end of season three, she took a position running the hospital’s emergency room. It was a move that left some fans scratching their heads about how immunologist Cameron made the dramatic switch from diagnostics to emergency medicine (of course, fans were equally perplexed about Chase moving from House’s team to the surgery department).  

Morrison laughed, acknowledging that this isn’t “technically the normal way that medicine works” (On the other hand, in what real medical setting would House still have a tenured faculty position at a major medical institution?).

In the fourth season episode “The Right Stuff,” Cameron told House she had switched to the ER to help people. “She has this deep-rooted sense of wanting to do good for others and House has given her a lot of crap over the years for that,” Morrison explained. “But that’s a part of her being. She tells House that she wants to get that out of her system.” After treating one patient a week for three years, Cameron thinks “You know I’ve been spending three years treating one patient a week; how many people can I help in a day in the ER?”

In addition to get the “do-gooding” out of her systems, “working in the ER is also a way for her to stay where she wants to be.” And she “feels very satisfied” in her new position. Morrison thinks that Cameron wanted to find a way to stay in Princeton, where she can be with Chase, with whom she’s had an ongoing relationship for two years.

Starting out with a “friends with benefits” casual sex agreement mid-season three, their relationship now appears to be loving and stable, and, as Chase points out this season’s “Unfaithful,” seems to have beaten the odds for “office romances.” I reminded Morrison that the Chase-Cameron relationship is a rare bird in House’s universe of mostly unhappy campers.

“I know! I keep waiting,” she laughed “Nobody’s happy on this show. A happy Cameron and Chase in "The Itch"relationship? How long can that last? Their relationship had a very interesting start to things. Started out very casual.” Although it’s only been obliquely mentioned on the show, Morrison pointed out that Chase has a history of being a bit of a playboy.  

“So here’s this woman who keeps saying ‘no’ to him,” Morrison explained. “Of course it sort of sucks him in more and more while working so closely together on the team. But I think it is interesting for us to show how often Cameron does have her guard up with Chase — and how hard it is for her to just be at ease in the relationship.”

Although things appear to be going along well, Morrison added there are those incidents like her reluctance to let Chase stay the night and feel comfortable in her apartment (“The Itch”) that show the real complications. “No matter how much she wants a happy relationship, it’s hard for her to be vulnerable in a real way.”

Morrison recalled the third season episode "Insensitive" in which Foreman points out that as hard as it was to watch her first husband die, she knew that the commitment would be short lived. “Foreman tells Cameron that real commitment is when you know you could spend 30 years with somebody, make the sacrifices. It was a jarring thing for her to hear.” Cameron had probably never considered that before, Morrison noted. “And I think that’s a lot of what haunts her in trying to get close to Chase. If they keep getting closer, what does it mean? How long do they have to be close? How much of herself does she have to give up? This is uncharted territory for Cameron.”

And, of course, Cameron is still within House’s orbit (if no longer on his staff). Morrison thinks that’s another barrier to Cameron’s long-term happiness with Chase. “Still working with House, although she really isn’t in love with him, she’s always going to be drawn to him. That will always make the relationship to Chase a little more complicated even if she won’t admit that to herself.”

In season one (and even in season two, to a lesser degree) Cameron seems to see in House a real humanity, which she expresses so beautifully in the late season one episode “Role Model.” After five seasons, I wondered if Cameron still  senses that sort of “wounded nobility” in him.

“I think so. I think ‘wounded nobility’ is a really good way of phrasing that,” agreed Morrison. “I think that is what Hugh Laurie does so beautifully. During some recent interview panels, reporters have asked Hugh how it possible to be so great at playing such an asshole? But House isn’t an asshole,” Morrison emphasized. She suggested that although “he’s aggressive and he’s abrasive when he has a point, and he probably hurts people’s feelings,” there is much more than meets the eye.

“Underneath it, his intention is always to get to the solution because he wants someone to get well. He and Cameron both want the same thing; they just have a different way of going about it. And I think she recognizes that similarity in him.” Morrison believes that “no matter how difficult House can be or rough around the edges he may appears, there’s that look in his eyes he sees someone saved, or he sees someone have the life they’ve always wanted to have.”

In “The Right Stuff,” House treats Greta, a female astronaut who experiences visual disturbances and other symptoms. If NASA becomes aware of her symptoms, Greta would likely be grounded and her life-long dream of space exploration would be destroyed. Cameron anonymously refers Greta to House, believing that he would be willing to help her “off the books,” as she insists she must be.

After diagnosing and treating Greta, House lies to his team to prevent Greta’s secret from getting back to NASA- something that would appear to be completely out of character for House. In the end, Cameron asks him why House, of all people, would lie to protect the aspirations of a patient. It’s a rhetorical question, because she knows the answer: “You couldn’t kill her dream,” she tells House. “Cameron recognizes that, and knows that she’s safe sending this woman to House because first he’s going to like the challenge of everything being a secret. But she also knows that at the end of the day, he’s not going to be able take this woman’s dream away from her.”

Morrison feels that Hugh Laurie is wonderful in bringing out this side of the character. “I’m just guessing because I’m not Hugh — and I’m not playing the character — but I would guess that there’s a certain element of wanting to save others because he can’t save himself.” Sharing her own sense of House as a character, Morrison explained that perhaps House “can’t get his dreams back, but maybe he can rescue others’ dreams. And whether he admits that to himself or not, that might be a deep-rooted decision that he made for himself years ago.”

As so many fans of the series realize, much of House’s more vulnerable, human side is expressed between the lines of dialogue. “Hugh does such a beautiful job of infusing the character without saying anything about it. It’s always with a little look. It’s always in his eyes. I’ve had the honor of getting to work with him and seeing it up close, but you know it’s always so heartbreaking and so beautiful that he can find both things at once. That you can find something so harsh and so loving at the same time.” And it’s what makes so many female (and probably a few male) viewers fall in love with such an outwardly heartless character!

Morrison teased a bit about what’s in store for Cameron as the season begins to wind down. “It will be really interesting to see. There are a lot of things coming up in the next few episodes that I can’t talk about,” she said, declining my plea for a scoop. “We’ve hit a sort of critical turning point within the next few episodes that air. House has always been a show where everything happens a little bit at a time; but  at the end of season five a lot happens for a lot of the characters all at once. I think the end of the season really drastically affects the way a lot of the characters are going to continue to grow and change over time. I’m trying to be vague and specific at the same time… I can’t quite answer that in as much detail as I’d like to.”

The details of the final several episodes are being kept super-secret, apologized Morrison, sorry that she could not be more specific about details of the upcoming series of episodes. “We’re on lock down right now. We have to sign out our sides every morning. They even have watermarks!”

So, not even a tiny morsel? “All I can say is there’s a lot happening for all of us. There are things that are going to happen that every character is impacted by. There are several things that are going to happen in the last five-ish episodes that kind of re-direct all of us.” She explained that giving more of a hint would risk giving away the entire game. So we will all just have to wait. And speculate.

Morrison has been a busy actress, and in addition to her role on House, she has been working on the highly anticipated Star Trek movie. Directed by JJ Abrams, the movie, a prequel to TV and film versions of the classic Star Trek, it is due to be released May 8. Morrison plays Winona Kirk, Captain James T. Kirk’s mom! “The whole experience was phenomenal. JJ Abrams is just incredible to work with. I can’t even put it into words. I came out of that a better actor from working with him. It was, by far, one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had in the industry so far. I feel so lucky to be a part of it.” Not having seen the film yet, she was hoping to attend a cast-only screening this week, if her House duties didn’t require her on-set.

As we said good-bye, the delightful Jennifer Morrison told me to be sure I conveyed her appreciation to her fans. “Please tell them I said hello and thank them for watching!” Be sure to catch the next episode of House, Monday March 9 at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

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About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is publisher and executive editor of Blogcritics, as well as a noted entertainment writer. Author of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., her primary beat is primetime television. But Barbara writes on an everything from film to politics to technology to all things pop culture and spirituality. She is a contributor to the book called Spiritual Pregnancy (Llewellyn Worldwide, January 2014) and has a story in Riverdale Ave Press' new anthology of zombie romance, Still Hungry for your Love. She is hard at work on what she hopes will be her first published novel.
  • Sandra

    Jennifer is such a lovely person, she’s my favorite on the show (besides Hugh, of course)! And she made me really really curious about the season’s finale, can’t wait to see it!
    Thank you so much for the wonderful interview, Barbara!

  • Micky

    She’s a lovely person, a rarity on that world!
    I can’t wait to see Star Trek either!!!
    Thank you for the interview!

  • Sea

    Barbara, thanks for interviewing Jennifer Morrison, she’s such a sweetie. I love how well she understands Cameron and that she’s so in synchrony with her fans and their vision of her character.

    Did she mention by any chance if she was committed to House at least for three more seasons or if she would be back next season?

  • capetown

    Thank you so much for interviewing Jennifer Morrison! She is always so enthusiastic and gracious. I loved the part about making sure her character started out a certain way, so she would be able to grow. And she has, beautifully! The analogy about the cocoon and butterfly was really nice, too. And I loved reading her view on what Hugh brings out in his character. I do hope we’ll be seeing much more of Cameron in the coming year!

  • barbara barnett

    It was a pretty short interview, Sea, so I didn’t get to ask her about long term committment to the show (and I didn’t want to put her on the spot, either–or make her uncomfortable in any way–wasn’t that sort of interview).

    I agree that she does understand Cameron well.

  • Louise

    What a lovely interview, Barbara. You asked really interesting questions about her character’s development. You did an professional intelligent interview.

    When I first started watching House, I thought “Oh, she just ‘the beautiful one.'” Over time, I have seen what an excellent actress she is. One thing that I really like about the way the character has grown is that she really goes toe to toe with House, very much as a peer. (I know, he will always be her teacher.) But, facing down House takes some screen presence, and she really pulls it off. Good of her to her to visit with you and with us.

  • Louise

    Just a thought: I’d really love to hear an interview with a/the House costume designer. I think they do absolutely wonderful work. House’s t-shirts and blazers are super–I always try to read the t-shirts with print and graphics. (Where did he get that interview suit in a recent episode? Sharp!) Cuddy’s clothes are wonderful–generally too sexy for her job (those pencil skirts!), more serious when they need to be, over-the-top when they need to be. Morrison’s scrubs the past two season signal her new status. Even Chase’s new grubby look helps build the character’s development. I would argue against some of the heels the women wear–the female doctors I know seem to wear clogs–but after all, it is television. Of course I notice the clothing because I watch each episode more than once. Who does this wonderful work? How do they think it through? I think an interview would be great.

  • barbara barnett

    Thanks Louise. I’ve thought about doing interviews with both the costumer and the set/props people as well at some point.

    It all works to build character and story.

  • Luisa Borges

    Just came back from a few more vacation days (Carnaval was here for what seemed like forever) and what a great welcome back gift to read your Jennifer Morrison interview.

    You are a gifted interviewer Barbara, I´m sure you´ve heard this many times over, but it´s true. You can convey the important parts of your talks and also the personality of the person you interviewed.

    Jennifer Morrison must be a delight to know and I loved her insights into the show as well as news about the Star Trek film. All the best to her.

    This left me extra curious (as if I wasn´t so before) about the remaining of Season 5. Ant I´m off to watch “The softer side” from Itunes, my other welcome home gift.

    Great interview, thanks Barbara!

  • barbara barnett

    You are very kind Luisa. I’m a pretty experienced interviewer (but not of actors so much), so thank you for your lovely words about the interview.

    I wanted to get more into the Star Trek movie, but we ran out of time. I am intensely curious about the final third of the season! The sneak peaks for next tuesday’s episode are very intriguing and are up at Spoiler TV if you dare to go there. I’m betting the’ll be up on the House Official site soon enough as well.

  • L.Lilly

    Thanks, Barbara, for the lovely Jennifer Morrison interview. It makes me miss Cameron more than ever, so I hope that things are finally starting to change for her character – and Chase’s.

    Jennifer comes across in interview clips as having a very warm and vivacious personality. Kudos to you for capturing that on paper.

  • Naika

    Oh thank you so much for interviewing her. This was bitter sweet with all the oldies but goodies. This big change in the finale is really interesting! I hope we’ll see more of JMo.

  • Ariadne

    Thank you for the interview. It was very good to get some answers about why Cameron did what she did and where she is in terms of the House-world right now. Jennifer sounds like a delightful person.

    I wish she had said if Cameron was going to be back next season. But I’ll be happy with what you’ve written. It’s so rare that she gets interviewed about her character that I’m very glad to see this.

  • sdemar

    What a great way to recap an interview, Barbara. It’s so much better than simply typing out the questions and answers. Thank you for that.

    I liked what Jennifer had to say here:

    Morrison feels that Hugh Laurie is wonderful in bringing out this side of the character. “I’m just guessing because I’m not Hugh — and I’m not playing the character — but I would guess that there’s a certain element of wanting to save others because he can’t save himself.” Sharing her own sense of House as a character, Morrison explained that perhaps House “can’t get his dreams back, but maybe he can rescue others’ dreams. And whether he admits that to himself or not, that might be a deep-rooted decision that he made for himself years ago.”

    I think this is an interesting way to look his character and believe she has a valid point. And can you tell she has a lot of admiration for the big guy? I am sure working with Hugh has made several of the characters become better actors.

    Sounds like lots is happening to everyone toward the end of the season. I’m excited.

  • Arielle

    Oh, she’s absolutely lovely and I agree, she does understand the character of Cameron well. She seems very genuine and extended. Thank you so much for the interview.

  • Tammy

    Thanks a lot for this interview Barbara. It’s lovely to finally see an interview with Jennifer that involves her role on House. Although we can only read the words, you can really grasp at how much Jennifer really appreciates this experience and the fanbase.

    It’s just great. I’m curious about the finale because I haven’t really been interested in the whole season so far, so we’ll see if the finale can change that and hopefully Cameron and Chase will be back in a more involved and much better way than they have been integrated now.

  • Orange450

    Barbara, thank you so much for this terrific interview! You do an awesome job of drawing your subjects out. Jennifer Morrison sounds like an extremely gracious individual, and I just love how insightful she is about her character! I also love seeing how beautifully her skills have developed over the past five years.

    I have to admit that I didn’t like Cameron at all during S1 and S2. I thought she was frequently judgemental and occasionally cruel (I hated that “I’m happy for you” scene in Honeymoon). In S3, I got the sense that the writers were trying to “grow” Cameron, but IMHO, it didn’t come across well. I thought the character was written in a disjointed and inconsistent way throughout the season. In fact, I sometimes thought she manifested signs of Multiple Personality Disorder.

    It wasn’t until S4 that I started to really warm up to Cameron – which could be a result of the sense of humor that the character seemed to suddenly develop over the summer hiatus between S3 and S4! And I’ve been liking Cameron tremendously in S5 – in particular, I thought Big Baby did a wonderful job of demonstrating her growth, her objectivity and self-awareness. And Jennifer Morrison is bringing a lovely subtlety, maturity and range to her performance.

    Thanks again for allowing us to be part of this! Your interviews and background essays add a tremendous dimension to enjoyment of the show :-)

  • http://blogcritics.org/archives/2009/03/04/161055.php j.i.m.

    Barbara, Thank you for such a well-crafted interview. I feel I understand Cameron and House a little better now. It is amazing how you can write up such an intricate piece so quickly. And I am sure your interview subjects appreciate your refreshing approach.

    I like how the relationship between House and Cameron has developed over the 4+ years. Now, House immediately lets her in and she steps right up to him, engaging in a sweet rapport almost every time they meet. And her recently revealed (to me) subtle sense of humor has been a relief after some years of a more serious attitude. In “Ugly” she was hilarious, talking to the mirror with Chase cringing for her in the background. It rarely gets better.

  • barbara barnett

    thanks to all for your kind words about the interview!

    L.Lilly–She is very warm and outgoing. She was a pleasure to interview.

    Ariadne–My decision not to ask her about whether she was coming back was difficult. I really wanted the conversation to be unguarded. I felt to ask that sort of question would have in the nature of our conversation put her more on her guard. I wanted to ask the sort of questions that usually don’t get addressed, if that makes any sense.

    Sdemar–As Jen was saying that, I kept thinking: Yeah! That’s how I perceive House as well. I think some of that comes out in the next episode, actually.

    Tammy–thanks. I’m really excited about the final episodes of the season. I want them to come and don’t want them to come (because then it’s summer hiatus!).

    Orange–Thank you so much :). there have been times that I’ve really disliked Cameron, but that’s true of all the characters, including, dare I say, House himself! None of the characters are all good or pure evil (well of course there were Tritter and Vogler), which is great.

    j.i.m.–thanks. Quick writing is owed much to digital recording devices and word processors! I recall with much dread the days of writing up an inteview with only a very breakable cassette tape and an electric typewriter. (Shudder) I try to make my interviews more one-on-one guided conversations. I try to catch that in the tone of the piece, and hopefully it works.

    I loved Cameron in Ugly. Jennifer did a great job of capturing her befuddled embarrassment over her on-camera faux pas.

  • blacktop

    Thank you for this excellent interview, Barbara. It sounds as though this strong and well-crafted season will end with real emotional fireworks all around.

  • C&T

    Fantastic read, Barbara!
    Super questions, you totally nailed it!
    This interview is more that I dared to wish for, thanks to your fabulous writing style and Jen’s insightful answers.
    In contrast to absolutely relishing all facettes of Greg House, I’m not into post-S3-Cameron much really. But this interview has shown me that there are clearly delightful and insightful cast members I just haven’t taken the trouble to observe so far.
    One should never allow oneself to start projecting the notions for the character onto the real person…

    Thank you very much for agreeing to be interviewed, Jennifer Morrison! =D

  • Lisa

    Thanks for that great interview! As a fan of JM’s I feel that I haven’t been getting very much of her lately. I loved the questions you asked and her answers gave me a view into Cameron’s world, which doesn’t get peered into half as much as I would like! I think JM and HL have a wonderful, natural chemistry onscreen and my secret wish is to have her come back into House’s world permanently.

    Now you got me all excited about the last five episodes!!

    Bring em on!

  • Kirpio

    Oh, I am SO excited for the last 5 episodes now!!
    Thanks for such a great interview barbara, like many people who have commented, I haven’t always been fond of Cameron, but the way her character developed is fantastic, and I love her insights now; she definitely learned how to read people from House (telling Cuddy to invite House, playing House at his own games). It’s a shame she doesn’t get more screentime, although (NOT A SPOILER, SPECULATION, FEEL FREE NOT TO READ) I think the focus on 13 has to be forming an arc, which I think will be resolved in those last 5 episodes, so this could change next season.

    End of speculation!

    Thanks again Barbara, what a lovely person JM really is :)

  • Luisa Borges

    Barbara, your welcome and you deserve all praise. Your ability in weaving in all major points in episodes across these 4 years (nearly 5) has made reading Jennifer Morrison´s answers all the more enjoyable. That´s something else I really admire about you, how you can recall everything and piece together plot pieces that have happened over a long span of time, it makes reading your take on House all the more enjoyable and instructive.

    I´ve just seen the previews and I´m very curious to watch the upcoming episode. Boy this has been a great season IMHO, so much has come forth about the characters inner issues. I´m just jumping up and down in my couch in excitement about what´s to come.

    All the best to you!

  • lyly

    Hey Barbara thanks a lot for the interview… JMo appears to be such a delightfull girl… [i’ve to say I’m jealous of you ^^] and all the questions were very interesting.

    I love the way she talks abot House/Hugh and also how she talks about Cameron… ’cause there are lots of people that doesn’t understand her at all… and it’s always a pleasure to see how well she understand this beautiful character.

    Kisses!

  • carolyn

    Kirpio: Aren’t there eight more new episodes, 24 in all, left?

    Loved the review barbara, btw : )

  • Kirpio

    Hi Carolyn – Yep, there are 8 more, and I’m looking forward to all of them, but the last 5 Jennifer mentions as being particularly good, impacting all the characters! So I’m most excited for those 😀

  • Rose

    I miss Cameron on the show. She did bring the issue of moral ethics as a conflict and it definitely made the show more interesting.

    To the new romances happening around the show?
    Ugh.

    All I can say is, that I miss the old seasons. The House and Cameron staring contests. It was freaky but I have to add, so darn sexy.

  • http://notesfromnancy.blogspot.com NancyGail

    Of course, now you have to do an interview with Jesse Spencer, aka Chase. Grubby? Uh yeah. Surgeons tend not to have their Sunday best on at work. Wilson does, but his surgical consists mainly of his wearing the apron coverall thingie.

  • Orange450

    Barbara, in case you’re still reading here, I wanted to tell you that out of the blue, last night – my husband announced that he’s dressing up as House for Purim!!!

    Jeans, running shoes, a ratty old (his version of “vintage”) T shirt with a jacket over it, a blue backpack, and an old cane that my mother used to use, spraypainted black, and he’s going to paint flames up the sides! His beard is close-cropped enough to pass for scruff, and he’s planning to ride to shul Monday night on our motorcycle! I just hope that people get it, because most of our friends aren’t major-league House watchers. And even though he watches the show with me, he’s nowhere near the fanatic that I am, so this was really a surprise!

    Luckily, he hasn’t yet suggested that I dress up as Cuddy, but I wouldn’t put it past him :-)

  • barbara barnett

    Thanks again for your kind comments. Been away for a couple of days, nice to come back to your notes. NancyGail–I suppose I should do an interview with Jesse now… we shall see…or one of the other cast members.

    Orange–that is hilarious! What a great costume. I haven’t quite decided how I will show up on the bima Monday night. chag purim sameach to you!

  • Orange450

    Chag Purim sameach to you too, Barbara. Do you read the Megillah?

    Thank goodness for DVRs. I remember a time when we would have missed House on Monday night, and been out of luck until the rerun! And the episode promises to be amazing!!

    Recently, I’ve been tempted to write a series of short pieces on House and Torah study. I’ve been coming across commentaries that remind me strongly of issues that House faces, or situations that he’s had to deal with. Either it’s because the show’s on my mind, or because of the universality of its subject matter. I’m inclined to believe it’s the latter.

  • barbara barnett

    Orange–Yes. I chant megillah (actually all 5 of them). Part of the training 😉

    I’m directing our annual Purim spiel…done this year ala the Maltese Falcon. I often refer to House in my Adult Education classes. Unfaithful had me discussing and debating that quote from Einstein and House’s philosphical arguments throughout the episode. I’m planning a class for next year on the House and values.

  • Orange450

    I’m very impressed!! My daughter can “leyn” Megillot Esther and Shir HaShirim beautifully, but she’ll only do it in an all-women setting.

    Too bad you’re in the mid-West, because I’d love to attend your classes! I facilitate a weekly study group, and almost started discussing House in the context of Parshat Terumah (taking and giving) last week. (No viewers in the group, so it wouldn’t have worked.) It’s good to be able to share with someone who understands this – so thanks for being here :-)

  • housemate20

    jen is such a lovely person it’s so nice of her to remember her fans and their efforts…

    any by the way, whatever happens im a certified chameron! rock on! =)

  • maria

    hi jennifer morrison my name is maria

    i love house im a big fan i wantto met you someday.

    your fan maria

  • Maedhbh

    Oh my God Jennifer Morrison is so sweet and lovely! I can’t wait to see what happens to Cameron in the final few episodes! Thanks Barbara for the great interview, I’m glad that you didn’t ask Jennifer all the usual questions! She has great insight into her character!

  • Katie Harris

    you are awsome!!! i hope you dont leave the show!!!great work

  • Sarah Britton

    I love your show!!! You are great at playing cameron. You really understood and made your point during the interview. Your the best. I hope to see you in the future episodes!
    I LOVE YOU!!!

  • Izzy Segal

    ahhh! I’m a huge fan!! Your one of my favorite characters on House!

  • James

    Great interview Barbara. “Final” episodes? No way!