April 16th, 2010
I realize I have a lot of favorite shows, but Nurse Jackie is truly one of them. Edie Falco leads an outstanding cast as they navigate their way through All Saints hospital. What makes this show great is that each character brings something totally different and amazing to the table. And despite all of her drug-using, adultering ways, you still find yourself rooting for Jackie. One of the characters that stood out for me from the beginning was Zoey — Jackie’s new optimistic protegee who had a way of warming my heart and making me laugh at the same time. As season one ended and season two began, Zoey became a comedic staple, and her charming quriky-ness is never to be underestimated. I recently had the chance to chat with Merritt Wever, who plays the esteemed Zoey, about working with Edie, Zoey’s recent new looks and behavior, and what she wants to see from her character going forward.
What originally attracted you to the show?
The actors. I liked the writing, and the opportunity to work with Edie was probably what I liked the most. Since it was just the pilot script, I couldn’t actually tell what Zoey was going to be like, I wasn’t sure. It took me a couple of episodes to find some footing. So it was mostly just Edie and thinking that the script was funny.
And what has it been like working with Edie?
It’s pretty fantastic. She’s fabulous. All the good things are true. And the more I work in other situations, the more I value her and what she brings to the set, personally and professionally.
Did you talk to any nurses or spend time with any nurses before you started the show to prepare?
I did, and then quickly realized — I spent a couple hours in an ER, and then remembered that Zoey is brand new and doesn’t need to be used to anything or comfortable yet at all, and realized I was kind of wasting my time.
That makes sense. She starts out very new.
Yeah, I don’t know why that didn’t occur to me earlier.
And are you anything like Zoey at all?
I don’t know, I’m sure we have to similar in some ways, but she’s probably a lot more positive and optimistic and in love with life and everything that it brings, good or bad, than I am. I wish I had some more of her enthusiasm, but unfortunately I just do not. I’m like Zoey fresh half sister.
The evil twin, perhaps.
Yeah. The blue twin.