Amber Tamblyn Talks ‘House’ Role & Working On The Set

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 1:00 am,

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What we’ll see/learn about Martha has the season progresses:

I think you’re going to see someone who has been so much in the world of academia and the world of knowledge – and accumulating knowledge – that she really never progressed or matured in a social sense. So, you’re going to see someone that has a hard time communicating on some of the most basic levels.

Which I think is common for people who are highly, highly intelligent, functioning people. I think Martha may even have Asperger’s. That’s something that we’ve talked about. I know that Hugh’s character does. So, it’s potentially like she’s a young version of him. Only, she believes so strongly in the ethics of truth telling, to the point of a fault. Just in the same way that [House] believes so much in lying, to a fault. So, the two of them have really instinctive ideas about how to get to the same thing.

I think you’re going to see her try to come into the real world, for the first time, and it’s going to be really intense for her.

What aspects that she enjoys most about Martha:

I love the fact that she’s so filled with non sequiturs. When Martha is not talking about the scientific or medical things, when she’s trying to talk to someone about like her life, it just comes out in non sequitur sentences and really bad, poorly judged metaphors. I love her awkwardness. How incredibly awkward she is. It just gives the character so much potential to grow.

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How she would compare herself to Martha:

I wouldn’t, actually. I think because she’s sort of a homage to my very, very good friend Martha in real-life. I think I know her so well that I can put a lot of that into it. She and I are not very similar in certain ways. I am more dumb and instinctual and Martha is hyper intelligent and not instinctual at all about anything.

Memorable moments on the set of House:

There’s so many, but they’re so tiny. I love the fact that Omar Epps is always getting “food truck” for everybody. It’s very great for our crew. They’re always bringing food on the set, like special things. It’s like a very happy and great atmosphere. Omar will always go, “Hey, Amber. I’m going to go get something from Rock Sugar, do you want something?” and we’ll end up getting a huge thing of food for everybody. It’s a very, very friendly crew and cast.

On her false impressions of being medically inclined:

It’s very fast-paced and you get very good at doing [medical procedures]. So I feel like if something happens to one of my friends, I might be able to actually help – which is really dumb and a not smart thing to think, but I do think that way. I could probably give CPR now.

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Whether she has any scenes with Wilson and how the real-life actors compare to their characters:

I have not done one scene with Robert Sean Leonard (Wilson). I did a scene where I pulled House out of his office and we just looked at each other, it was kind of funny. I only did two scenes with Lisa Edelstein. Individually, each of those actors are their own characters, too. Peter Jacobson, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer. They’re real-life characters of themselves and they’re really great people, all three of them, and Hugh.

On whether Martha is a young version of Cuddy:

So far, Lisa and I only had [two scenes in episode 6] and one other scene that we just shot a couple of days ago.

I do think Martha is a young Cuddy, an extremist version of Cuddy. I think that’s why she brought Martha on. I believe House even says that. I remind Cuddy of herself.

Lisa is amazing. She’s funny, very health oriented. I’m learning a lot of health things from her. She’s a very interesting woman and incredibly gorgeous. I mean, she’s gorgeous onscreen, but in real life she’s the real deal. Her skin is insanely flawless.

On what it’s like working with Hugh and how House and Martha will get along:

It was absolutely delicious. I annoy him and fascinate him. The two characters both annoy and fascinate each other. I think House probably even seems a little of himself in her. Expect the opposite. He’s usually mean and she’s usually overly nice. Both make for funny television.


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  1. The whole super I.Q , genius thing is a big turn off for me .The I know every thing plus the ethic part is just a boring combination .Why didn’t they write her as a regular person joining House’s team to learn how to diagnose cases ? Wasn’t that the point of joining the diagnostic team in the first place ?It was what made the interaction between House & his team during diagnostic interesting .
    If she is a medical genius like House what does that leave for the rest of the team now really ? become listenners to the two of them bouncing back ideas & do what she refuses to do ? Lie to patients & break into their homes?
    And what is with the young version of House & Cudy thing ? They better not make her their secret daughter from a past one night stand between them & cudy decided to introduce her to House now because he is less insane. Because if so , I would so regret the day I started watching the show .

    If she is a medical genius like House , then what does that leave for the rest of the team really ?become Listeners to the two geniuses bouncing back ideas & doing the things she refuses to do, lie to patients & break into their homes?
    And what is with the whole young version of cudy & house thing ? They better not making her their secret daughter from a past one night stand between them & cudy decided it’s time to introduce her to him because he is less insane now , because if so I would so regret the day I started watching the show.

  2. I’ll wait and see what she adds to the show, but personally I think there are enough cast members already and more to learn about them. On the other hand, if it means less Huddy, I am all for it!

  3. Late post here, but seeing tonight’s episode and how it looks like the end for her character, I wish she were a permanent character!!! She’s my favorite next to House.

  4. She all but ruined the show for me, which is saying a lot, because it’s just about the only TV show I watch and enjoy.