She’s played a goth, a disco queen, and a mutant shapeshifter, but no role has ever suited Lizzy Caplan like her character Kat on CBS’s The Class. Brash, witty, and chock-full of sarcasm, Kat is the anti-Rachel. She, along with the rest of The Class’s cast of unlikely characters, provides a refreshing change from the usual sitcom stereotypes of hot moms and flabby dads, which makes it all the more disheartening that the show is in danger of cancellation. (So, watch it and tell your friends!)
We chatted with Lizzy over the phone and, not surprisingly, she’s as cool and badass as we thought she’d be. Here’s what Lizzy had to say about Kat’s inner rage, Lindsay Lohan, and getting it on with Jason Ritter.
How did you get started?
I went to a performing arts high school, but I actually went for piano. When I had a falling out with my piano teachers, I needed something to do, so I took drama. I really liked it, so I said, alright, I’ll do this for a while.
You’re been compared to Janeane Garofalo. Fan or foe?
When I was in junior high, Reality Bites came out, and my friends and I were obsessed with her. She was sort of the first sarcastic [female] comedian who was also appealing at the same time. Now that’s she’s gotten super-political, I kind of shy away from her a little bit more.
What do you think about your character Kat?
It’s cool to be in a role that’s interesting to me and still has that bite to it. Normally, the main girl part opposite the main guy is pretty boring. It’s the other characters who have the interesting things to say, the witty remarks.
What drew you to the part?
It was actually something I didn’t want to play again because I had done it in Mean Girls. I have all of these big ideas that are really stupid and naïve, like I can never play that role again, because I did it in Mean Girls and it never can be said again by me. I threw that out the window when I realized that the other parts that were available for girls my age really suck generally and you want the part that’s funny and interesting.