|Transcribed by Saffron - March 18,
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[Clip of Tea at Five]
"...theatre owners decided I deserved a nickname for my contribution - 'Box Office
Poison.' It has a catchy ring to it, don't you agree?"
[end of clip]
Giuliana: Kate Mulgrew's Irish sass comes across as she tackles one of the most
difficult roles on the stage.
Brien: Yeah, impersonating screen legend Katharine Hepburn. And she joins us live from
our New York studio right now. Hi Kate."
Kate: Hi. How are you guys?
Giuliana: Good. How are you?
Kate: Impersonation is not the word
I would use, however.
Brien: What is it? Tea at Five... it's about
Katharine Hepburn? How do you feel about playing that role?
Kate: I hope I'm creating something
not impersonating something, Brien. I feel incredibly honored to be playing her. It's a
rather daunting challenge, as you can imagine, but it's one that, um, is extremely
gratifying. I'm having a marvelous time in this city, beyond all great cities. So I'm
where I want to be at this point in my life doing exactly what I want to be doing.
Brien: Was Katharine Hepburn one of your
favorite actresses going up?
Kate: She was not.
Kate: In fact, I had a natural antipathy
towards her, I would suggest because...[to off-stage
person] you can't hear me? What? Um,
yeah, all right. He's making funny signs in the background.
Brien: We can hear you./Giuliana: Uh-oh.
Kate: She was likened to me so often that
one develops a natural resentment. Not because she was not terrific. There was no question
she was an astoundingly remarkable actress, but I wanted to be an actress in my own right
so I thought, "You know, enough with Katharine Hepburn." When I took this role
and I started the rehearsal process, an alchemy sort of transpired and I fell in love with
her. And a magic happened between the two of us. It was a marriage that I did think would
be as marvelous as it has been but it's been absolutely fabulous from day one.
Giuliana: Did you meet... Have you ever met her in real life?
Kate: Have not met her.
Kate: Have not met her. And I think, in
hindsight, that has stood me in good stead.
Giuliana: Why? Because you would have...Why is that? Why is that?
Kate: Because I would have seen her, Giuliana. I would have
then not been able to take the leap, imaginatively, that I've taken in creating this role
without having seen her in the flesh. And although, at this juncture, I would be most
grateful to meet her. I think during the rehearsal process, it was better that I
was left to my own very naughty devices.
Brien: Now you played Captain Janeway on Star Trek Voyager for quite some time.
Kate: I did.
Brien: What is it like to go from the small screen to the stage?
Kate: From the Delta Quadrant to the heart
of New York City? It's tough. I parked that Starship, didn't I? Um, it's been a wonderful
last 10 years of my life. What actress could ask for anything more? I was the first female
captain. Um, I sort of, uh, broke the boys club and I loved those seven years, and now
this. Who could ask for anything more?
Giuliana: That's terrific. And now, I have to ask you this. How do you prepare
before you go on stage every night? How do you prepare? What do you do?
Kate: I kiss the most attractive man that
I can find.
Giuliana: Do you really?
Giuliana: You're naughty... you know what?
older Kate Hepburn] Now, don't you
think I do that? I'm not kissing anybody. I'm concentrating on my role.
Giuliana: Let me tell you something, I wouldn't put it past you.
herself] Huh? You shouldn't put it
past me. I'm of an age now, I can do I like.
Kate: I go right into a tunnel, Giuliana. That's all.
The whole day is about the evening. I get to the theatre 3 hours early. I warm up. I
focus. I go through the play. I go into my dressing room. I put my little bit of make up
on and I become very focused because I'm out there without a net and, uh, that is
something that one can not approach without trepidation, as I'm sure you can well imagine.
Giuliana: Of course.
Brien: Kate Mulgrew, thank you very much for being here.
Kate: Thank you guys. Happy St. Patrick's
Brien: Thank you. You too.
Giuliana: I know. To you too.
Kate: Go out and have a drink. That's what
we're gonna do. [as Hepburn] That's what we're gonna do.
Brien: Try Tea at Five in New York.
Giuliana: Tea at Five, check it out.
Kate: Thank you very much. Bye-bye