“I think it’s good and it goes both ways,” says Rhea Seehorn as we chat via webcam (watch above) about the relationship between her character, Kim Wexler, and Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) on AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” As she explains, “I know people are worried that Jimmy’s bad for Kim. But his insistence that she contemplate that life isn’t black and white turns out to be correct. He’s honest with her in a way she needs. He’s fiercely loyal and less duplicitous than anyone in her life.”
The actress defines her character as “a very silent and a very observant person. She’s less quick to react than Jimmy. It’s fun switching the stereotype of the male/female archetype. She’s less reactionary and emotional; and quick to take it personally.” She thinks Kim is “good for Jimmy. It’s not about changing him, it is counsel without judgement.”
While “Better Call Saul” is a prequel to “Breaking Bad,” Kim did not appear in the latter and Seehorn speculates as to her fate. “Everyone assumes Kim must be dead. There’s a lot of other possibilities. I’ve always said if Kim is present in that time frame, I don’t know if Jimmy would bring her up to Tuco or Heisenberg. It’s a very wide open timeline. I do think there is a world where ‘Better Call Saul’ could go through ‘Breaking Bad’ years with alternate scenes or a Rashomon effect.”
Seehorn would love to see a happy ending for Jimmy and Kim. “She absolutely believes in him and wants him to be whatever he wants to be. I hope they can be together doing that and Kim’s fighting for it. It makes our lead character even more interesting; that he’s with a woman who is smart, has her own opinion, disagrees with him and still says ‘I’ll be here. I’ll figure it out.’
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