"I've been incredibly lucky to find these writers like Ron Moore, Rodrigo Garcia, Alan Ball, Laurie Finstad, where it's not even an issue who's stronger and weaker – they just write. I don't know how I got to be so lucky to work with these writers."
Though she's a fan of 30 Rock, she finds the broadcast networks are more limited in fleshing out the kind of roles that attract her. "I don't mean to sound like a snob against the majors, but when I'm reading scripts I can barely get through one of those. We've seen it all before and it's not terribly interesting. Cable is the place to be. Or you have to leave the country and work for the BBC, as I tend to do, or now, come to Canada and work for these gals."
"Penelope's really quite different from anyone I've played. There's a strain of that rage and frustration I've felt in other characters but in a totally different way. There have been moments of me just grabbing on to Laurie or grabbing on to Hugh and saying 'oh my God.' It's been a right challenge for me and that's really good. She's really quite unlike anyone I've played before."
Forbes is juggling three series at the moment – she's back to shooting In Treatment and True Blood after finishing Durham County in a few weeks – and values the opportunity to do such diverse work.
"I'm always looking for the best writing, maybe great actors to work opposite, something that intrigues me as far as exploring something new in a character. I sort of got stuck playing the same character for a wee while, but that's really changed. I'm doing three stories right now and they're all incredibly different."
"You asked me if I had any plans for my career: that's all I've ever wanted, is variety and the chance to explore different parts of the human condition and our psyches."