“Bob Odenkirk was always wanting to run lines, he was always very focused, but Bob himself is just a really sweet, kind of goofy guy,” reveals Julie Ann Emery about her “Better Call Saul” leading man in our new video webchat (watch below). “He was always committed to the moment at hand, and I love working in that situation. And, you know, we became very friendly on ‘Fargo‘ so it was really nice to play all of those scenes.”
On AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Emery played the duplicitous Betsy Kettleman, who became involved in an embezzlement scheme that caught the eye of up-and-coming lawyer Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill, played by Odenkirk. “I kind of jumped off a cliff with Betsy, and there’s no one better to jump off a cliff across from than Bob Odenkirk. It was great having him sit across from me and having Vince Gilligan at the monitor.”
Emery admits she was a massive fan of parent series “Breaking Bad” and brings up an interesting parallel between Betsy and that show’s anti-hero Walter White (Bryan Cranston). “In her mind, she’s doing all of this for the grandest purpose you can have, which is your family. To provide for your family, to protect your family, to push your family to be as great as they can be. And she’s willing to go to all lengths to make that happen.”
Also in our chat, Emery reveals her character’s original name, whether she wants to come back for Season 2 and what it would be like to be nominated at the Emmys against such legends like Allison Janney, Cicely Tyson and Diana Rigg.
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