‘House’: Lisa Edelstein Talks Huddy’s Future, Relationships & More

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Fresh from her win at the People’s Choice awards, the beautiful voice of reason on House, Lisa Edelstein, took some time today to talk to the press about what fans can expect in the second half House’s seventh season.

Now that Candice Bergen has joined the series as Cuddy’s mothers, viewers will be provided with a more in-depth look at what makes the character of Cuddy tick. As the Cuddy matriarch sets to make her return to the series, she’ll be bringing along Cuddy’s sister. As Edelstein says, “it’ll be very, very messy.”

On top of that, Edelstein took time to discuss the intricacies of filming the fan-favorite House season 7 premiere, what the future holds for House and Cuddy’s relationship, working with Candice Bergin, the character of Cuddy and so much more.

In total, the entire conversation ran around 30 minutes, here are some of the highlights:

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On what she would have said if someone told her in season 1 or 2 that House and Cuddy would become a couple in season 7:

I wouldn’t have been surprised. I thought I saw it in the pilot, but then it just didn’t become a story. I just felt like they have a complicated relationship and if the show lasted long enough, it would be a relationship worth exploring. If [someone] told me that House and Cuddy would be getting together in season 6 or season 7, I would have been more [surprised] that we had a season 7 – that’s probably more shocking than anything else.

On what it’s like for her and Hugh to portray such an intimate relationship on screen:

We know each other really quite well now. We’ve been working together for over 7 years, which in our line of work is like dog years – it’s like 49 years. I really feel like our friendship as people – as we got to know each other better – this kind of intimacy between the characters was an easier thing to do than if it started with day 1 and just kind of jumped in and pretended to know each other. It’s been great. If there’s anybody that I would have to be intimate with on camera, I’d want to have it be someone I knew and trust as much as I do Hugh.

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How it was like filming the House season 7 premiere:

It was more like a play; it felt more like a play. It felt very intimate and the writers felt – and I certainly agreed – that you couldn’t just get these two characters together and just go on like [everything was] normal right away. You have to take this moment and experience these two people together, and then get back to the hospital stuff and House stuff.

They really thought about it long and hard. They went down several different roads trying to figure out how to handle it and that’s where they ended up – at this very intimate, play-like episode where you’re just with these two people alone, experiencing intimacy and friendship.

Where the relationship between House and Cuddy is headed:

I think they’re very two complicated people, who really want to be together. Whether or not they can is another thing, but they’re going to try as hard as they can.

On what it’s like working with Candice Bergen:

Candice is amazing. She’s an incredibly bright woman, which I think just shines right through all the dialogue. She’s really fun to work with. I was really happy to be on set with her just historical, because I’ve grown up watching her.

It was really fun pushing the envelope, in terms of the fictional part of our lives, and getting to see what it would be like for House to deal with a very pushy mom. I think – having met the character of Cuddy’s mom – I get why she would be able to tolerate someone like House.

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How has Cuddy changed since the beginning of the series:

According to David Shore, “Characters don’t change, they get unveiled” … and become more complicated in terms of how the viewers perceive them and how the writers write them. When you sign on to a show, you are – as an actor – hired to perform something that came out of the writer’s imagination. As the show goes on, how you perform affects how the writer imagines the character -it becomes a melding of the two.

Of course, it’s always David Shore’s characters, it’s always his stories – he controls the world, he controls all the puppets – but rhythm and humor and all those things kind of become embellished when you put an actor in the part – any actor – and it would be no matter who plays the role.

I think just because the show has matured, the characters have to become more complicated, more real, make different choices and to have life experiences that take them on a journey. In essence, they don’t ever really change.

What the atmosphere is like on set:

We’re not pranksters, we have too much to do. There are a lot of great wits on this crew – some very smart, very disturbed people that work together. It’s a lot of fun because we like each other. If the scene is very heavy, you have to take your time away to concentrate and stay in that space and the lighter scenes are always more fun and playful.

On what it was like having an episode centered around Cuddy:

I had a great time… not just because the show was about my character. It was really fun for me to be the person that’s on the set the most, setting the pace and atmosphere on stage, because you really are responsible for that when you’re there the most. If you have an attitude or you’re tired, it kind of drags everything down. It’s fun to have that responsibility and I loved doing it. I loved it. I loved it. But, boy, Hugh must be exhausted.

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On what Cuddy’s clothes say about her:

She’s very controlling, so she wears very structured outfits. Her life is very restricted. She really is all work and very little play – she can’t even run fast in those skirts. I like how everything she wears just holds her in. She just doesn’t have great freedom. She’s also a woman and lives most of her life out at the hospital, so she uses that time to feel sexy and beautiful.

On whether there will be another Cuddy-focused episodes in the future:

I haven’t the faintest idea, they don’t tell me things like that. I didn’t even find out about [the previous] Cuddy episode until a couple of weeks before hand.

On what it was like visiting an actual hospital:

Last year, I got to observe this really cool surgery and I had a really great time doing it. A lot of the doctors watch the show, so they’re very excited about having [me] around. I really love biology and it was so interesting, observing. It reminded me more of Nip/Tuck than House, but it was great.

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On why people continue to tune in:

It’s the magic bullet isn’t it? I’m so happy about it. I can only thank David Shore and Hugh Laurie and just be thankful for the ride. It’s so arbitrary what makes it and what doesn’t. We had the luxury of being on after American Idol, when we started. Our first six episodes, we were on our own and we would have been canceled if it were any other network, because we didn’t have [much of an] audience. As soon as American Idol started that season, we got 28 million eyeballs on our show – it was an incredible thing. A lot of those people stuck with us.

What does Cuddy do for House and what does House do for Cuddy:

There’s a great history there and, as you get older, that is a really important thing to have with somebody – a sense of time having passed, problems having been conquered, truths having been faced.

For him, she is someone that he trusts. He knows that she wants the best for him, he knows that she’ll tell him when things have gone too far… and then he’ll decide on his own if he wants to listen, but she’s definitely someone that he trusts.

For her, I think it’s his intelligence and brilliance that really excites her. Getting attention from a man like that is not an easy thing to achieve and having achieved it, I think there’s a rush of excitement. Whether or not he’s ultimately someone that she can trust is something that he’ll have to prove.

On how House and Cuddy’s relationship compares to the other “will they” or “won’t they” relationships currently on television:

I don’t think that the show was centered around “will they or won’t they,” so that gives you a lot more freedom to play with “will” or “won’t.” It doesn’t rely on them never getting together. It really is a show about House and his journey and in his journey, he’s had a series of relationships on the show that he’s explored and learned from… and this is one of those – this is his path.

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  1. Thank you! Nothing new (honestly, WHY do they keep asking the same things over and over) but it’s still nice to hear Lisa E’s input on all of this.

  2. So great! I love her answers. She keeps getting the same questions over and over again but she manages to give always fresh answers. The woman is really smart and articulate.

  3. I’m sorry but this woman, her character and this Huddy relationship cr*p is the reason I cannot enjoy my favorite show anymore :-( She really thinks that she is the star of this show, ugh.

    • How exactly does she think she’s the star of this show? She was asked by producers to do this conference call. Promoting House is in her contract.
      You don’t like Huddy/Cuddy and that’s fine. But don’t go bashing Lisa for no real reason.

    • Seems like you are projecting there, honey.

  4. Love Lisa.She knows here character so well. Love the way she talks about Huddy. Nice interview from the leading lady of the show

  5. She’s lovely, thanks for the interview! She was classy and interesting. thanks!

  6. Lovely interview from a great actress.She knows Huddy really well,I could listen to her talk about Cuddy and Huddy all day.
    Thanks for the transcript

  7. I love reading and watching Lisa’s interviews. She really seems to get her character, the Huddy relationship, and just the show overall.

  8. Great answers to basically the same questions she’s asked in every interview. Very gracious from a truly talented lady. Thank you for sharing

  9. Thank you for this interview with a classy lady and a fine actress. I love that Lisa E. seems to understand her character and the dynamics of the show so well. She provides thoughtful, insightful answers to even the most mundane questions. The show is definitely about House’s journey, as she states, and it continues to be a fascinating evolution to experience. As a long-time fan, I am enjoying every minute of this great season.

  10. Thank you very much, Anthony!

  11. Thanks for posting this interview but why are the producers only asking Lisa to do all the promotion for season 7? In fact Lisa is the only American on the cast that has done any promo work in Europe. I know it’s not Lisa’s fault but it would be nice to hear what RSL has to say on season7 too.

  12. Thank you so much for the Interview. I loved Lisa´s answers. She is always kind and considerate, and trys to respond in an interesting and insightful manner. No wonder the producers ask her to do these promotions, it´s obvious that she truly loves and cares about the show, and puts a lot of thought into her analysis of the characters and their stories and dynamics. A truly wonderful woman. I respect and admire her more and more every day.

  13. Lisa E is such a bright woman and it is fun to listen to her because she is always so enthusiastic. It is apparent she loves her character and her job. The show should be lucky to have such a champion and cheerleader for the show. I have been thoroughly enjoying the romantic aspect of the relationship between House and Cuddy and think it has been developing nicely. Consider me one that believes the relationship is here to stay.

  14. The show is called “House” and Hugh Laurie is supposedly the star. But THE ONLY WHO is constantly out there promoting the show any more is Edelstine. There are a couple really interesting statements in this.

    “Now that Candice Bergen has joined the series as Cuddy’s mother, viewers will be provided with a more in-depth look at what makes the character of Cuddy tick. ”
    Joined the cast? I thought she was only in two episodes. Why should I care what makes Cuddy tick. It’s not the Cuddy show, or is it?

    LE is a liar, too…because in another interview she gave when they were filming she said she knew CB was a legend but never saw Murphy Brown.

    “On top of that, Edelstein took time to discuss the intricacies of filming the fan-favorite House season 7 premiere, what the future holds for House and Cuddy’s relationship, working with Candice Bergin, the character of Cuddy and so much more.”
    Correction, the huddy fan favorite. Because as much as they keep saying House fans wanted to see huddy happen, that’s not necessarily true. Huddy fans wanted to see it happen. There’s some crossover, but not all fans of the show are fans of huddy and not all House fans thought the pairing was inevitable. I would have to check the ratings for the episode because I don’t remember off the top of my head, but wasn’t the season 7 premier the lowest rated premier of the series? I also remember reading that they lost a significant portion of the audience from the first half hour to the second. So all those who tuned in didn’t stick with it.

    “For him, she is someone that he trusts. He knows that she wants the best for him, he knows that she’ll tell him when things have gone too far… and then he’ll decide on his own if he wants to listen, but she’s definitely someone that he trusts.”

    Probably someone should remember that Cuddy was the one who cut out this leg-muscle against his will, right? (Why nobody ask her question like this) If i were House i wouldn`t trust her at all. She`s a bad doctor and season six showed us that she is a bad friend.This season we learned that she is more narcistic than the Goddess Narcissa.

    Sorry for my rant but I´m quite disappointed of this season so far. This Huddy-relationship ruined both the show House and the character House.
    He became the person who Cuddy wants him to be and that is a sacrilege. This character was unique and extraordinary. Now he is just a charicature of its former self.

    • Lisa Edelstein said she grew watching Candice Bergen, not that she watched Murphy Brown. You might be surprised, but Candice Bergen has actually done a couple of other things besides that show in her long long career.

  15. After watching last nights episode I think that when they turn House back to how he was, a depressed, drug taking loner, which they will do, It will be too late to save the ratings because too many Non-Huddy fans have turned the show off and the Huddy fans will switch off.

  16. As a fan of “golden age” House, I find current articles extremely depressing. There is nothing in LE’s interview but House and Cuddy, no acknowledgement of the existence of the rest of the cast at all. She’s careful to mention HL and the producers but no one else ever comes up for her. There’s no sense that House is more (or at least used to be more) than Huddy, that House rather than Cuddy is the focus of the series, or that other characters besides Cuddy have relationships with House. I find as always LE’s interviews incredibly myopic – only LE and Cuddy is clear, HL and the producers are a dim supportive blur in the backgound, and everyone else disappears.

    Of course, as an actress LE first priority must always be promoting herself, then the show, and then the people who can help her in her future career. She probably doesn’t know enough about what is planned for JS, RSL, OE, etc. to talk about them knowledgeably. Still, when she is the only cast member whose voice is heard, and when her Huddy-centric perspective is echoed by KJ and DS, the effect is to reinforce that Lisa Cuddy is all there was and all there ever will be. Their publicity over the last couple of years has had the effect of turning me away from House. It convinces me that there is nothing on House I’m interested in seeing. Do TPTB know or care that they are alienating the portion of the audience who watch House for House rather than for Cuddy? Or have they written off their losses entirely and decided that those viewers don’t matter and that their better bet is to keep going for the Three’s Company audience?

    When I don’t hear at all from the other actors, my sense is that they have lost their enthusiasm or that they have been muzzled. They are keeping their heads down, just going through the motions and hanging on until the end of House’s run. I don’t know if that is true or not, but it is the impression that I get from the continued absence of other voices besides those of LE, GY, KJ and DS.

    • Just to reinforce Peter’s comments about the only voice we are hearing is Lisa’s, Lisa is doing another fans’s questions but this time with Jessie Spencer. It would be nice if Jessie did it with another one of the cast members instead, if anything just to get different questions asked by different fans, instead of just the same Huddy questions all the time by the same set of fans.

  17. If one only cast member is scheduled to speak on behalf of the show and the big star is not evident, we realize how much everything is out of place.
    This show was about GREGORY HOUSE, no about cuddy, I dont care if she has a mother or sister! She alone will no longer interested me before.
    Karo and Peter have said everything that needed to be said.
    LE enjoy their 5 minutes of fame (perhaps his last chance).

    *sorry my english.

  18. Lisa is a serious talent that makes House more than a gimpy wiseas.
    As the other personnal relationships do, hers reveals more than the repetitious formula would otherwise do.

  19. she is at house the show. lisa edelstein she super as lisa cuddy. the that love woman. she is grate.i dont want her to leae the house

  20. Everyone and the right for love and romance, including House.

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