Ma Cerie Amour
30 Rock's Katrina Bowden: the Anti-Tina Fey
By Alexis Swerdloff
Alexis Swerdloff: I saw on your Wikipedia page that your character's full name is Cerie Xerox. Is this true?
Katrina Bowden: It's never been officially stated on the show, but yes, her last name is Xerox. [Executive producer] Robert Carlock wanted like a funny wealthy name, like I'm the Xerox heiress. I hope they incorporate it later on. Maybe when I get married...
AS: How did you land the role? What was the audition process?
KB: Basically, I wasn't in the pilot episode; they had cast another girl to play Cerie. But I knew the casting director and knew they were re-casting the role, so I read with Tina. The next day, they offered me the part. The first table read was so nerve-racking. I was running late and when I got there, it was the silliest thing -- I didn't know what Tracy Morgan or Alec Baldwin looked like. So I got there and I was so nervous and so embarrassed, I was the new girl, but then everyone turned out to be super nice and treated me like one of the family. And yes, I figured out which one was Alec Baldwin fairly quickly.
AS: Was it like a big happy reunion when you all returned to the show after the writers' strike?
KB: Yeah it was great. Right before we went back, we had all been at the SAG Awards, it was like a precursor.
AS: Can you give us a hint as to what's in store for Cerie this season?
KB: I have no idea. I know they'll probably prolong my engagement as long as possible.
AS: You're kind of the straight guy on the show and have really mastered the art of the deadpan delivery.
KB:: Yeah, I was told I was the type of girl who didn't care about job, didn't acknowledge that it was a cool job. It was part my doing and Tina's talking to me about the character. Cerie is not dumb, but she's flighty, she doesn't have a care in the world.
AS: Compare your style to Ceries's.
KB: There really is no comparison. I do not dress like that in real life. I mean, when the show first came out, people would see me out and say, ‘You're not dressed like her, I don't recognize you like that.' I dress a lot more conservatively. And would never even wear some of those outfits to the gym.
AS: Have they ever asked you to wear something that you've felt uncomfortable in?
KB: Um no. They've never asked me to wear anything that's been too out there. One time I had to basically wear like underwear and a poncho, but it was a small scene.
AS:Tell me about The Sex Drive?
KB: It's silly, fun lighthearted comedy that I just finished in Florida with James Marsden. It's kind of like that John Cusack movie A Sure Thing.
30 Rock airs tonight on NBC.