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Sabrina stars as "Terry Lake" on CBS's new drama "Numb3rs". Lloyd made her feature film debut in "Chain of Desire" and later starred in "Father Hood," before winning the role of Wade Wells in the television series "Sliders," in which she appeared for three seasons. Lloyd is perhaps best known for her portrayal of feisty associate producer Natalie Hurley in the critically acclaimed series "Sports Night." She also had a recurring role in the series "Ed." Lloyd starred in the independent feature film "Dopamine," which received the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival 2003. She'll next be seen starring in "The Girl from Monday" which will have its world premier at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2005.
Sabrina Lloyd was born on November 20th, 1970 in Fairfax, Virginia. At age 12, she started her acting career by appearing in a local theater production of "Annie" as Pepper. She continued to perform in local theater such as the Baystreet Players in Eustis, and the Ice House Theater in Mt. Dora, appearing in productions of "Grease", "Crimes of the Heart", and "Wizard of Oz". When she was 15, she also participated in a student exchange program which allowed her to spend a year in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. While there, she got some training at the Brisbane Royal Theatre Company. When she was 18, she moved to New York and spent some time as a bartender while knocking on doors and auditioning for roles. Her first big break was a guest appearance on an episode of "Law & Order" (1990) called "Intolerance", which got her a new agent and launched her career. Her first breakout role in feature films was the movie Chain of Desire (1992), followed by a starring role in Father Hood (1993) with Patrick Swayze. Sabrina also made appearances on television, starring in the TV movies The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter and Love Off Limits (1993) (TV). In 1995, Sabrina auditioned for the role of Wade Welles in the pilot episode of "Sliders" (1995). In its third season, "Sliders" (1995) slowly grew to embrace a larger audience, but the series was still cancelled by Fox. In 1997, the show was picked up by the Sci-fi Channel, but Sabrina decided to option out of her contract to pursue new roles. She quickly landed a co-starring role as associate producer Natalie Hurley in the ABC sitcom, "Sports Night" (1998), which satires sports and news coverage.
She writes and records original music with her guitar. Sabrina has two cats, Lucy and Theodore.
Sabrina Lloyd's Way: Tomorrow's Tastemakers Today"
As plucky associate producer Natalie Hurley on ABC's Sports Night, twenty-something Sabrina Lloyd gets to play the American male's fantasy woman: sexy, intelligent, witty - and a fan of Monday Night Football.
occupation: "Student of life."
favorite album: "Cat Stevens' Tea for the Tillerman. It's the first album I remember my mother playing."
favorite movie: "Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo & Juliet. Whenever I'm in a hopelessly romantic mood, I pop it into the VCR."
beauty trick: "To give hair a more natural, wispy look, use your fingers instead of a brush when blow-drying."
your look five years ago: "Anti-glam. I had cropped hair, wore no makeup, and had the grungiest clothes imaginable."
now: "AFP-Anything from Prada."
five years from now: "I'd kill to look like Susan Sarandon on a bad day. She just gets more beautiful."
fashion fantasy item: "A Harry Winston gift certificate."
Sabrina Lloyd: Someone You Want To Know
Sabrina Lloyd has certainly earned her “that girl” status. She`s been earning her clout for over ten years in movies and television, which is about the Hollywood minimum for promotion into household name status. 2003 may be that year. The name may not ring a bell yet, but you mention Sports Night and eyes light up. Then you hear the words, “oh, that girl!” The actress who made the name Natalie Hurley synonymous with her own to legions of that show`s supporters is opening new sets of eyes this year with a recent recurring role on another TV show and a wonderful new romance that just played at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. I was fortunate enough to meet Sabrina all the way out in Utah at both a party for her film and for this interview. It`s the kind of fortunate I wish upon everyone.
The name of the film is Dopamine and my enthusiasm for it surprised even filmmakers Mark Decena and Timothy Breitbach who couldn`t believe I sat through it twice in one day. Further evidence of that appreciation can be seen by reading my review of the film. As of this writing, Dopamine is yet to find theatrical distribution, another sad reality of the film industry`s state these days. So many have written or spoken to me their dismay at not having immediate access to this film I`ve been raving about or having to curb their anticipation until further news develops on its fate. Sabrina possesses the quiet subtlety of a star-making performance and it deserves to be seen.
Until then, fans may have been pleasantly surprised or privy to finally change their channel to one of the best shows on television, Ed. This beautifully quirky and sweet show was wise enough to bring Sabrina aboard for its 2003 episodes as the perfect foil and future love interest for bowling alley lawyer/eternally romantic Ed Stevens. As Frankie Thorn, Sabrina brings with her the same quick delivery, infectious smile and lovability that reached out to all the Sports Night viewers. These qualities were also present first-hand at our Sundance conversation.
Erik: I understand that Dopamine was finished just a few days before the festival.
Sabrina: We finished, yes, well we wrapped, I think, in the beginning of November. They went into post and it was delivered 3 days before the festival
Erik: You started production on it six months ago?
Sabrina: September, that`s when we started. We went for a week of rehearsal. Five weeks of shooting. I think that was late September into October.
Erik: How long was the principal shoot?
Sabrina: Five weeks.
Erik: Were you always trying to get it into Sundance? Was that the goal?
Sabrina: That was always the goal. You know it`s just really incredible because you do these independent films and they`re always such a labor of love and such a passion and its everyone`s dream to have it come to Sundance. The whole time it was “we have to get the filming done, we have to get into Sundance” and there was never any question for anybody that it might not happen. People on the outside were “well, you`re cutting it kinda close and it`s hard to get into that.” When we got the phone call, I was so happy for Mark Decena, our director and our producers because they were just the nicest people I`ve ever worked with. I wanted this for them and their optimism and excitement about getting in and having their dream come true. It`s pretty special and very unique.
Erik: It`s a great looking movie. It doesn`t look like it was shot on the cheap. It doesn`t look like an independent film although it has the feel of one.
Sabrina: It`s beautiful.
Erik: How long from the time you got cast did you start filming?
Sabrina: I got cast pretty early on. I was on board, I guess it was probably a month before I started to shoot. I had read the script a long time ago and then when they finally started the casting, Mark came to New York to sit down with me and I told him my thoughts on the script and how much I loved it. Then they offered me the role and I started shooting a month later.
Erik: Is this your first trip to Sundance?
Sabrina: IT IS! Yes, I always wanted to wait until I had a film here. And I`m so glad I did. It was worth the wait.
Erik: Have you had some friends who have had films here at Sundance?
Sabrina: I have had friends that have had films and they`ve always said the same thing, “don`t go until you`ve got a film. Go and have fun and support your film.” I haven`t slept much but it`s been really fun. (laughs) There`s so much going on it`s like if you go to sleep you feel like you`re missing something.
Erik: I`m averaging about 4 ½ hours sleep.
Sabrina: I think I`m about 4 ½ too.
Erik: When some tensions started developing between your character and John (Livingston), one of the things I always feel when I watch movies is frustration when everything can be solved if you just say the right thing.
Sabrina: YES! (laughs)
Erik: In some movies it`s very artificial. They purposely say the wrong things so they can add another 20 minutes. “The storm before the calm” as I like to call it. They have to break up so they can get back together in the end. When you see movies does that frustrate you to the point that you put yourself in the place of the character and say “just say this.”
Sabrina: Mostly in horror movies. DON`T GO IN THE HOUSE! DON`T GO IN THE HOUSE! I get so impassioned when people do that.
Erik: They do that in romantic comedies and dramas like that too. Like when he goes into your art room and I`m sitting there going “get out of the room.”
Sabrina: Yeah I definitely do that too. But I find myself mostly screaming at the screen at horror movies. I just don`t understand why they don`t that. I don`t understand why they don`t just leave the house. I don`t understand why they have to go check every room. I just think it`s stupid. Get out of the house, right?
Erik: Did you see Halloween: Resurrection?
Sabrina: I did not.
Erik: That movie is set in a house and they can`t get out.
Sabrina: Yeah, get out of the house, right? Open the door. Walk out of the house. Erik: They`re locked in. That`s the premise.
Sabrina: See, at least if you`re locked in, you`ve got an excuse. I can go for that.
Erik: Your character (Sarah) is more a romantic and more about feelings than worrying about what`s going on inside your body. How long would you say it takes you as a person to develop those feelings? Do you buy into any of that chemical stuff or do you just know in the pit of your stomach?
Sabrina: I really don`t know the answer to that question. I don`t know what love is. It`s ironic that the movie is trying to say what it is. I don`t know. I think that I believe a little bit of both. I believe that there is chemistry. I believe in people`s smells definitely. I`m often attracted to somebody`s smell. So what is that? Is that chemical? It`s so funny that`s exactly what the movie talks about. But I don`t know. Yeah, I don`t know. I`m still trying to figure that out.
Erik: Are you?
Sabrina: I think so.
Erik: So if you`re in a relationship, you don`t really know?
Sabrina: Well I think love is. I`m learning the older I get…when you`re younger you have passion and everything`s passion and I think I`m learning that love is, I believe a little bit different than I always thought it was. I was more believing in undying, romantic, passion, passionate moments from the beginning. But love is more really knowing somebody and choosing to stick around and help them through it. I think that`s probably more love. I`m learning everyday so ask me again tomorrow and my answer might be different.
Erik: Have you had experiences with other men where they seemed to be a little more programmed like Bruno (Campo`s) character where they are more into themselves?
Sabrina: I`ve met many men like that. (laughs) But there are women like that too. I think we`re all, you know, it`s a very narcissistic world sometimes and we all get pretty wrapped up in ourselves and its good to take a breath and look outside. It`s much, much more interesting outside.
Erik: One of my favorite shows on television is Ed. And when I was watching three weeks ago and saw your name, I was like 'terrific, my girl from Sports Night is on.”
Sabrina: Wow, thanks. (laughing) We`re taking over Wednesday nights. Josh Malina is on The West Wing, so we`re taking over.
Erik: And Peter (Krause) is on Sundays with Six Feet Under.
Sabrina: We`ve got the whole week.
Erik: I understand you`ve shot eight episodes. S
abrina: I`ve done six. I have two more to do. (Less than two weeks later, Sabrina was signed to finish out the season for a total of 11 episodes.)
Erik: I understand they offered you a regular role.
Sabrina: They offered me to come back. I don`t know how long that would be, but its not something that I would be doing. The character is wonderful and she`s been so rich and full. I want to leave her like that. I don`t want her to overextend her stay. I appreciate how excited they are about the character. I would like to leave her going in, having a blast and get her out.
Erik: So nothing bad happens, she doesn`t turn or any conflict between her and Carol?
Sabrina: Exactly. I think its gonna be a very good point the way they`ve written it. I just feel for the character the best thing to do would be to say goodbye.
Erik: Do you see any similarities between your characters on Ed and Sports Night?
Sabrina: They both talk really fast. (laughs) That`s one of the reasons they hired me. It was actually so great to see this movie twice now cause I actually get to talk like a normal human being. When I had done Ed, Tom Cavanaugh has a really rapid-paced dialogue. He talks really fast and they wanted someone to be able to come on and banter with him and because of my work on Sports Night, they said we want you to come in. The first two scripts I had, every single line before my lines would say “talking very fast” and I finally said you can stop writing that. I`ve got it. You want me to talk fast. (laughs) It was funny cause sometimes I felt like I was talking so fast and they would come up and go “faster.” I`m like nobody`s going to understand what I`m saying.
Erik: I just read an article recently about TV shows like The West Wing, Ed and Gilmore Girls that they put a timer on the actors and try to get their dialogue out in a certain amount of time. Have they done that with you?
Sabrina: They haven`t done that. Maybe they do it on other shows. Aaron (Sorkin) writes a lot, I know that, so it`s probably like that so they can get it all in. (laughs)
Erik: Both Natalie and Frankie talk really fast, are very free-spirited and open. They`re equally lovable. What differentiates the two of them?
Sabrina: I think that Natalie on Sports Night was a young woman and Frankie is a woman. I think that`s the biggest difference between them. Frankie is very much a woman, she`s really strong and more sure of herself and hey, I`m older. And Frankie dresses a lot better. (laughs) Natalie dressed cute but I love the way they dress me on Ed, it`s really fun.
Erik: What were you doing in-between Sports Night and when you got offered Dopamine?
Sabrina: Right after Sports Night I did a very short-lived series with Gabriel Byrne called Madigan Men. Then I decided to take some time off and kind of reevaluate life. So, I spent some time travelling and then when I was ready to get back to work this script came to me, so I was really happy and very lucky.
Erik: Now that Sports Night has developed a cult following, do you have more people talk to you about it now than when it was on the air?
Sabrina: It`s amazing how many times I`m approached. Especially considering how many people don`t sleep because its on Comedy Central in the middle of the night and so many people see it and my first question is always “why aren`t you sleeping?” I`m sleeping. It`s really been incredible. That show changed my life. It`s gotten me wonderful jobs. It got me this movie which has been, so far in my career, the most amazing experience I`ve had and just the way that people loved it and the way people loved Natalie. It`s amazing to me the life that it`s had outside of it being cancelled. It`s really still going.
Erik: Did you get a copy of the DVD set?
Sabrina: I did, I did. It was given to me as a gift. It`s really quite cool.
Erik: Would you say there`s more of you in your Sports Night and Ed characters or Sarah, whom you play in Dopamine?
Sabrina: My girlfriend came to see Dopamine, one my best friends in the world, she watches everything. She`s here at Sundance. It`s interesting, she said “I see a little bits of you in everything, but I don`t see you really at all in anything.” That`s the biggest compliment you can have. I think that probably I`m most like Sarah in Dopamine of all the characters that I`ve played. Even though our lives are very different and the way we are in the world, the way we interact with the world is very different, but I think that the wounds are the same. So in that way she`s probably the most like me. I don`t really relate to Frankie very much at all.
Erik: Beyond the fast talking?
Sabrina: Sometimes I talk fast. When I get nervous I talk fast, but I actually talk much slower than she does. (laughs) I think I`ve seen a little more life than Frankie has.
Erik: Do you get nervous watching yourself?
Sabrina: I do. Yesterday I don`t think I breathed too deeply at the premiere. (laughing) I don`t think I took one breath. Today was a little bit easier but yesterday I think I was in a state of shock.
Erik: Was that the first time you had seen Dopamine at the premiere?
Sabrina: Yes it was.
Erik: In Dopamine, the camera in a lot of ways through a lot of your scenes just lingers on your face.
Sabrina: (laughing) Yeah, I know that`s pretty crazy. I`m like “wow that`s my face big.”
Erik: Do you get nervous when you see that on the big screen like you think you might have been able to do something more or you`re wondering what`s going on inside your head during those moments?
Sabrina: I was more nervous about it until I saw it. I was pretty scared. As an actor you always watch something and you see what you could have done. Always. You watch and think “gosh, I could have done that line different” or “I should have done that scene different.” But I think for the most part I wasn`t too bad about it because I have such an amazing group of friends and a lot of them came out here to support me. They said to me one of their favorite things was when the camera was just on me. That they could feel so much and so, if I can make my friends, who know me better than anybody feel something than I feel like OK, you know what, maybe its not as bad as I wanna think it is.
Erik: Do you have anything else lined up?
Sabrina: Right now I`m just finishing Ed and hoping for a vacation. Because I wrapped Dopamine on a Friday and was at work to Ed on Monday. So I`m pretty tired. But when I say vacation, a week and I`ll be bored and then I`ll be ready to work. So hopefully there`ll be a week off and then another job to go to.
Erik: You said you wanted to leave your character on Ed the way she is and that you didn`t want to stay on because you wanted to do more independent projects. If you were offered some new Hollywood big-budget romantic comedy, would you jump at the chance if they were trying to mold you into the next “it” girl?
Sabrina: You know it scares me. It would depend on the role. I believe in keeping your persona out of the spotlight as much as you can so that you can really morph into the characters that you become and I think its easier for an audience to accept you if they don`t know that much about you. So, I wanted to stay with things that could be more chameleon-like for me. If there was something that was great and I felt like, yeah, I could have a lot of fun with it, I would certainly look at it and be grateful for the opportunity. That kind of an opportunity is something that you do grab onto and say “wow, I really feel fortunate that this has come to me.” My heart and my passion is in independent films because I love working with directors who have a specific vision and I love, I love people who are new because there`s an innocence and a naivete that you do not have with the people that have been around for a long time. It`s a really hard business and there are some really wonderful people and there`s some very jaded people in it. And I love the enthusiasm of getting someone who`s just got this script and its their dream and to help make their dream come to life. If I could do that for a long time, I would be a really, really lucky girl.
Actually, we would be the lucky ones. In a profession self-cliched with so many phonies, Sabrina`s genuine charm on-screen and off doesn`t come about like an act. It`s not even a quality you have to look for. It just happens and you know its happening without ever having to acknowledge it. It was there on Sports Night. You can see it on Ed (which will hopefully also be immortalized on DVD someday.) And its there from the first moment you see her eyes in Dopamine. Every actor dreams of getting that big break and having their phone ring off-the-hook. During our interview when her cell phone rang twice, Sabrina quipped “Oh my goodness. I`m very popular.” We could only be so lucky.
In Step With Sabrina Lloyd
GET READY NFL fans, Super Bowl Sunday's pre-game show on Jan. 30 is going to run even longer than usual.
As it is, it seems to me, the pre-game show starts about Thursday. And this year ABC is including a special three-minute segment of its Emmy-winning drama, Sports Night, worked up for the occasion by show`s creator, Aaron Sorkin. The idea, of course, is to hook a vast audience of football fanatics who have not yet sampled the series in its usual Tuesday time-slot.
Sabrina Lloyd, a regular on Sports Night (she plays the young producer, Natalie Hurley), told me “it`s very exciting” to think about being scene on Super Bowl Sunday, but she pointed out that the show is doing pretty well in it`s second season all on its own. “We`re actually doing better this year because of a different lead-in, Dharma & Greg,” said Sabrina. “Last year we followed Spin City. And I like the way my character is developing. Aaron has given me someone to play who is complex and interesting.”
Sorkin - who wrote A Few Good Men, a huge hit for Tom Cruise, and is considered a young genius by the Sports Night cast - had to exercise some ingenuity last year when Robert Guillaume, who plays the executive producer on the show, went down with a stroke. He`s back now, with his real-life illness written seamlessly into the storyline.
Sabrina`s big break was a guest appearance on TV`s Law & Order. “I played the girlfriend of a murdered boy in a reality-based episode,” she said. It got me a really good agent in New York.” It also led to a role in the 1993 Patrick Swayze film Father Hood. “I played a tomboy - his little girl,” says Sabrina. “It was one of the best times I ever had in work.” (She played a teen but was in her 20s and still looks younger than her 29 years.)
Until then she`d endured the usual struggling-young-actress travails and waitressing, which is what happens when you graduate from high school in Florida and two days later are in New york looking for a theater job.
These days the jobs are looking for Sabrina. She just finished a feature film called On Edge, starring Jason Alexander as a Zamboni driver. In this mock documentary, Sabrina plays an accident-prone ice skater. Trouble is, growing up in Florida she wasn`t much of an ice skater. “I had to learn to skate,” Sabrina said, “and skate well. Because to do something badly on purpose you have to know how to do it right.”
Sabrina's hard work pays off
Sabrina Lloyd was born in Virginia but raised in the small Florida town of Mount Dora, later moving to Orlando. Her acting career began with a role as one of the orphans in Annie at age 12 in the local Young People`s Theater.
After making the movie Father Hood, she did the HBO film The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter, based on the true story of a high school girl who took her girlfriend to the senior prom. Any screams of outrage over that one? “No negatives at all,” said Sabrina. “In fact, I still get positive feedback from young people who tell me it gave them the courage to come out of the closet.”
Despite the sports theme of her current show, Sabrina admitted, “I don`t have a huge interest in sports. Only during the Olympics, when I`m just glued to the set. And I am an equestrian.”
How hard to Aaron Sorkin and the brass work them on the set of Sports Night? “Five days a week,” she said. “The work day runs 12 hours, sometimes longer.” Which by my calculations, makes 60 hours a week plus. Get this kid a labor union!
Sabrina Lloyd: "Sport Enthusiast"
Except for the theatrical vanity mirror, the dressing room of ``Sports Night'' star Sabrina Lloyd looks exactly like a dorm room: framed posters on the walls, a comfy bed in the corner, and an assortment of candles. On the window sill above her bed is a picture of a little girl with bright brown eyes. Lloyd touches the photograph affectionately and reveals that it's a picture of her at age four. ``I keep it there to remind me to stay young,'' she says. ``Whenever I go down on the set and things get crazy, or I find myself getting too worked up with anxiety, I just look at this picture of myself as a little girl and say, `you know what? The world is full of wonder, and there's nothing to worry about.'''
Lloyd, 28, has a lot of wonder in her world at the moment. In its first season, the critically acclaimed ``Sports Night'' has already picked up two primetime Emmy Awards. ``All I have to do is sit down and watch television any night of the week, and I just think, oh, I'm so lucky,'' gushes Lloyd.
Set to return Tuesday at 9:30 on ABC, ``Sports Night'' goes behind the scenes at a fictional nightly sports broadcast. Robert Guillaume, now fully recovered from his stroke, will return this season as the sports show's head honcho, Isaac.
Lloyd says the cast was shocked last season at the news of Guillaume's stroke. ``It brought us all together for Robert,'' she says. ``He's such an integral part, I really feel like he's the anchor of `Sports Night.'''
``Sports Night'' creator Aaron Sorkin has written Guillaume's medical condition into the story line. ``(Aaron and Robert) decided that the only way he really could come back is to write it in,'' says Lloyd. ``That way, he wouldn't have to worry about coming to work and having to pretend he hadn't had a stroke.''
The sitcom will explore of perils of interoffice romance as news anchor Casey (Peter Krause) and executive producer Dana (Felicity Huffman) continue their attracted yet ambivalent dance. Producer Natalie (Lloyd) and research analyst Jeremy (Joshua Malina) will also have some romantic ups and downs.
``I think we're both predicting that there's definitely a break-up in the future,'' reveals Lloyd. ``I think people want to see people get together, they want to hope for them to get together, but they don't necessarily want to see them together.''
Natalie's relationship with Jeremy was certainly conflict-ridden last season. Lloyd laughs, ``I say on the set so many times, `Wow, if we were in a real relationship, we would have broken up by now because we fight all the time!'''
And how is the bubbly and smart Natalie going to evolve this season? ``I think she's just getting stronger and stronger,'' says Lloyd. ``I think that the fanciful, youthful side of her is still there, but I think she's becoming more of a woman. She's getting more grounded, more sure of herself, more confident.''
When asked about any similarities between herself and Natalie, Lloyd ponders the question and says with a laugh, ``I can keep secrets much better than Natalie can! I'm very into my privacy and I think I'm much more subdued and calm.''
But the actress also admits that last season she adopted some of her character's personality traits. ``Natalie was so much fun, and she just had this love of life and this zest, that I would find myself starting to be affected by it,'' Lloyd confesses. ``I found myself laughing a lot, and I had so much energy, and I was so in love with life, which Natalie was. I think, no matter if you're different or alike, you definitely take on qualities
From your character.''
Raised in the small town of Mount Dora, Fla., Lloyd wanted an acting career since she was 12 years old. ``I did a play, and my mother came backstage, and I looked a her, and I was sobbing,'' Lloyd says. ``And I just said, `I know what I want to do for the rest of my life.' I never wavered, I was on a mission.''
The day after she graduated from high school, Lloyd got on a plane and moved to New York City. ``I was a very sassy young woman,'' admits the actress. ``No one was going to stand in my way.'' Living in the Lower East Side of Manhattan ranks high on Lloyd's list of life-changing experiences. ``I was mugged, I was attacked trying to get into a taxi cab once. I lived in a very dangerous neighborhood - hearing gunshots out my window.''
To make ends meet Lloyd did everything from working as a coat checker to bartending. What kept her going through the rough times was the support of her mother. ``She just kept telling me, `You do what you need to do, and if this is what you believe in, then I believe in you,''' Lloyd recalls. ``That is the best gift I could have ever had.''
Lloyd's big break came with a guest appearance on ``Law & Order'' in 1990, which led to a starring role opposite Patrick Swayze in ``Fatherhood,'' the title role in the HBO film ``The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter,'' and a three year run on the sci-fi series ``Sliders.''
Lloyd won the part of Natalie on ``Sports Night'' the old-fashioned way - she auditioned for it with dozens of other hopefuls. ``I remember reading the script, and I thought, wow, I could really do something with this character,'' she says. ``And I just prayed that they felt the same way.''
Lloyd glances over at the picture of herself as a young girl. What does she see in her future? ``I want a life of joy,'' she answers. ``I want to find and continue to have the wonder of a child and to experience life with that excitement and play.''
Sabrina Lloyd stars in the ''Madigan Men''
Tonight we are chatting with Sabrina Lloyd, star of the new series Madigan Men. Hi Sabrina! Thanks for coming!
Lloyd: Hello. Happy to be here.
Question: How did you get cast in Madigan Men?
Lloyd: They sent me a copy of the pilot which had been shot with another actress. They send me a copy of the script about 5 times. I kept passing on it, cause I wasn't interested in doing tv again. I watched the tape, and met with the producer and the writer in NY. And it just kind of went from there.
Question: How much are you like Wendy?
Lloyd: I don't think anything alike. I guess it's kind of hard to read yourself. I think it's the farthest thing from me that I've played. That question would probably be better asked to people who know me.
Question: I love the show. Who created it?
Lloyd: It was created by Cindy Chupack who was one of the Exec Producers of Sex in the City and Gabriel Byrne.
Question: I know your costars have performed on Broadway together. Any aspirations to work on Broadway yourself?
Lloyd: Wow. I would love to work on Broadway. That's one of the reasons I came to NY out of high school. My career just veered toward film and television. Which I'm happy about. I would love the opportunity.
Question: How do you like working with Gabriel Byrne?
Lloyd: He's very nice. It's a wonderful cast all around. Everybody is very nice and very professional. I love doing the show.
Question: How many episodes have you filmed so far?
Lloyd: I have filmed six so far. Right now the pickup is for 13. Hopefully, we'll be picked up for the rest of the season, later on.
Question: What has been your favorite role so far, either film, TV or theatre?
Lloyd: My favorite role so far...probably Natalie on Sports Night.
Question: What kind of music do you like to listen to?
Lloyd: I like everything. I like classical, jazz, rock and roll. Even a little country sometimes.
Question: Do you have any pets?
Lloyd: I have two cats. Both New York street cats.
Question: Have you always wanted to act or was there something else you wanted to do when you were a kid?
Lloyd: I wanted to be an equestrian of some sort, before I discovered acting.
Question: Where do you film the show?
Lloyd: We film the show in Astoria, Queens, in New York.
Question: What do you like to do when you aren't working?
Question: What's the last good book you read?
Lloyd: Wow. The last good book I read. I just read Memoirs of a Geisha.
Question: Still keep in touch with any of the cast of Sliders?
Lloyd: I do not. No.
Question: What shows do you like to watch?
Lloyd: The X Files. Big X Files fan, and 60 Minutes. Those are the only two that I watch religiously.
Question: What's your favorite museum to visit when in NYC?
Lloyd: I like the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That's my favorite.
Question: Since you're in NY, Mets or Yankees?
Lloyd: I got that question today. Unfortunately, I don't follow baseball. If you had to twist my arm, I'd say the Yankees. Don't hate me for it. And I like the Mets better. (For all the Mets fans)
Question: Are you allowed to give much input on Wendy?
Lloyd: Yes. They are very open to talking about your character. It's great because Gabriel Byrne being one of the creators, is very much into the creative input. I can talk to him and he goes to the writers. I feel that's I can give my voice.
Question: Do you have any charities or special causes you support?
Lloyd: I don't support anything in terms of being actively involved. It's something that I would love to get more involved with in the future. I ouldn't choose just one. I want to get more active in the future. Something that I'd be very very interested in.
Question: What can we look forward to on tomorrow night's episode and in the future episodes of Madigan Men?
Lloyd: Unfortunately, I do now know what episode they are showing tomorrow night. In the future, more dating scenarios from all of the people involved in the show.
Question: Hello Sabrina how are you? My name is Kurt and I am a film maker from the Mass. area, I think your work is brilliant and shows so much heart. I fell in love with wade but have since seen you more and all you do is so terrific. Thank you for everything.
Lloyd: Thank you so much. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.
Question: You are very attractive, I hope you don't mind my saying. Are you single? :)
Lloyd: Thank you very much, but married. Happily Married.
Question: Was it a difficult transition from Sports Night to doing a comedy like Madigan Men? What are the differences?
Lloyd: Yes. It was very challenging and still is. Sports Night was shot much more like an hour drama. We didn't have an audience. We didn't shoot in one night. Madigan Men is more like a play. We rehearse all week then tape in front of an audience. I feel like I'm doing a show once a week. You go out there and try to make them laugh. It's very challenging.
Question: Congratulations Sabrina, how long have you been married...and is there still any truth to a possible Sliders movie---you know fans and never letting anything die...and that wont for a very long time to come I am sure.
Lloyd: Yes I know. Thank you. I've been married for 5 months. Unfortunately, I don't think they're going to do a movie. At least I've never heard anything like that.
Question: Are tickets for tapings available to the public?
Lloyd: Yes. They are. I don't know how you go about getting them, but I believe you can call Kaufman Astoria in Queens. Or try the production offices. So yes it is open to the public.
Question: What do you find more challenging....doing a drama series or comedy?
Lloyd: They're both challenging in different ways. I'd have to say comedy only because you have the added pressure of having an audience there. With a drama it's much more intimate. With this show, Madigan Men. You have to rush through scenes cause you don't want the audience to get tired. It seems to quicken the pace as well.
Question: When is On Edge getting released?
Lloyd: I don't know. I haven't heard anything in a while, so I wouldn't be
able to give you any idea. Hopefully soon.
Question: How long have you been a vegetarian?
Lloyd: I was a vegetarian. I'm actually no longer a vegetarian. I guess I was for six years.
Question: Do you find that as an actor you learn new things from each project you work on.....if so...what have you learned from doing this series so far?
Lloyd: Yes absolutely. You learn things from everything you do. What have I learned from Madigan Men so far...I'm learning the balance between having an audience and being taped. You don't want to play too much to the audience and to the camera. You play more to the camera. If you play too much to the audience, you're too big for the camera. That's an interesting lesson I've been learning on this one.
Question: Is there still a "kind of" role that you wish to challenge yourself to portray that has not yet been offered to you yet. Obviously acting is always to challenge yourself...I just wondered in particular.
Lloyd: Yes. I wouldn't be able to say exactly what that is, but I would know it when I came across it. And yeah, always looking.
Question: Any special guest stars showing up on upcoming episodes? Lloyd: Margaret Colin was in last week's episode. We have Milo O'Shea. We've had a few people you'd recognize, but my mind is drawing a blank. Sorry.
Question: Sliders and Sports Night both had loyal followings....do you think this show will develop the same sort of audience...or something different?
Lloyd: I don't know. I think this one is different. I don't know in what way, or what that means. But I think this is certainly the most mainstream television show, I've ever been a part of.
Question: Do you have any other projects in the works other than Madigan Men?
Lloyd: Not right now. It's hard to do anything else when you're working on a tv show, cause it's very exhausting work. You're down time is to catch up on your sleep.
Question: Do you have a website or fan club we can write to you at? And if so, do you ever visit them?
Lloyd: I don't ever visit my websites. I don't have a fan club. I usually get my fan mail through work.
Question: I've heard of some actors and actresses who have certain superstitions or certain things that they do or meditative states or etc. that they do before they perform,...do you have any rituals that you think helps you,...humorous or otherwise?
Lloyd: No I don't. I think if I had any, I'd be too neurotic about them. So I just don't let myself.
TV Guide Online: Thank you Sabrina! We had a great time and wish you all the best! Please come back and chat with us soon!
Lloyd: Thank you so much. Thanks everybody for coming on to talk to me. Have a nice even.
Sabrina Lloyd: "Who's Hot"
Sabrina Lloyd is in a pretty nice spot, right about now. The petite actress (she stands only 5'3" high) finds herself on one of TV's critical hits, and is coming off a three-year stint on the cult hit "Sliders." Most actresses would love to say the same. ABC's "Sports Night," her current home, is one of those shows that TV critics rally behind when they feel it truly pushes the envelope of broadcast television. It was given the plush spot on Tuesday between "Spin City" and "NYPD Blue," but has failed to catch fire as ABC undoubtedly hoped it would. In fact, the show ranks 47th among all shows year to date, just below "The Secret Lives of Men," which ABC has already canceled.
However, the sitcom, which is a behind-the-scenes look at the production of a sports news show and boasts little-to-no laugh track, has made a mark with its sharp blend of comedy and drama, and performances worth noting from a cast including Josh Charles ("Threesome") and Robert Guillaume ("Benson"). It is an ensemble "dramedy," but Lloyd's Natalie Hurley still manages to connect with many viewers. She's confident, and strong, but a bit more approachable and, let's face it, likable, than Felicity Huffrnan's roughish producer Dana Whitaker.
With her previous experience, Lloyd is actually one of the more experienced television actors on the show. For three seasons, she starred in the sci-fi series "Sliders," before that show moved from FOX to cable's Sci-Fi network. As Wade Wells, Lloyd was the series only regular female star (until the arrival of busty Kari Wuhrer) and had the chance to attract a large following among sci-fi fans. However, in a show where the concept was the star, Lloyd had little room to grow. She left when the show moved to cable, ostensibly because of a lack of direction for her character though she did have some problems with Wuhrer joining the cast.
But Lloyd's major break came in the HBO film "The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter." She starred as Heidi, a young girl who fought discrimination when she came out as a homosexual. The movie also starred Claire Danes ("My So Called Life") as her sister. The film drew rave reviews and paved the way for Lloyd to land the role in "Sliders."
The Florida native was born in 1970 and started her showbiz career at a relatively young age, landing a major role ('Pepper') in "Annie" at only 12. A string of roles in other plays followed, including "Grease" and "Wizard of Oz." At 15, she visited Australia as an exchange student, and studied drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Brisbane Royal Theatre Company. Her first major television role came in New York, when she appeared on the crime drama "Law & Order." Soon after, she found herself in the HBO film. Meanwhile, she found time for one noteworthy film role, in "Father Hood' opposite Patrick Swayze (she played his daughter in the action-comedy).
While Lloyd's managed to land a few memorable roles, she has kept her personal life well under wraps, choosing the route of a hard-working actor who enjoys privacy, versus other well-known twentysomethings who scour Hollywood clubs each week. Still, when you've starred on a popular (or even not so popular -- or even successful -- as trends would have it) sci-fi series, fans delve deep -- or as deep as they can. The scoop on Sabrina? She's got three tatoos and is a vegetarian. She's been married since April 1997 and, although most fans have yet to been graced with her lovely voice, she's reportedly an excellent singer.
But what stands out is the talent. In her three seasons on "Sliders," she was always brought a level of credibility to her role that was quite admirable, considering the far-fetched storylines. Fans rallied around the romantic tension between her "Wade" and Jerry O'Connell's "Quinn." But it wasn't meant to be.
Finally, on "Sports Night," with its stepped up dialogue and intelligent humor, she's not slipped a bit. There's no doubt in the mind of those at UltimateTV that Sabrina Lloyd is moving up the ladder. If "Sports Night” holds on, it'll only help her career, but look for her to continue to grow into roles that will not only play off her intelligence, but her natural beauty as well.
Three sitcom second bananas grab the limelight
As the unsung heroes of NBC`s Will & Grace, ABC`s Sports Night, and Fox`s Ally McBeal, Sean Hayes, Sabrina Lloyd and Lucy Liu share one common denominator: When they appear on screen it`s damn near impossible to pay attention to anything else.
Consider Hay`s hilarious Jack McFarland, a diva of the highest order. Jack views employment in the same way a rodeo rider views a bull - if push comes to shove he`ll take it on, but he neither expects nor desires to stay int the position for any length of time. Or Lloyd`s Natalie Hurley, the associate producer made of spun sugar and steel. She`s a waif with the devil in her eye - a fragile little thing who proves to be quite capable of bringing down a pro football star or of feeling up a lovesick co-worker as the situation demands. Then there is Liu`s ferocious portrait of Ling Woo, the wildly litigious (she sued a guy for having dirty thoughts) tantrum-throwing, frog-eating dominatrix of a client - a deeply flawed Hepburn to Greg Germann`s bygone-riddled Tracy.
To call Hayes, Lloyd and Liu supporting players just doesn`t do them justice. They are comic knights who move indirectly but with dazzling results, transforming a simple line, a raucous dance, a frosty look into seduction - pure and funny.
The Anti-Rhoda: “Natalie could have been just another quirky sidekick, but instead her character is constantly evolving. The writers know that people go through different experiences and they learn from them and they grow…or they don`t.”
From Mount Dora, Florida to a sitcom in four easy steps - more or less: “I came to Manhattan when I was eighteen, cocktail-waitressed at The Red Zone, checked coats at Heartbreak, tended bar at Kenny`s Castaways and The Bitter End. I`d get home exhausted at 4am.”
A Solid argument for not going to law school: “My mother gave me faith in myself. She said 'If you want to be an actress, you go get 'em.`”
To say nothing of those honey-roasted nuts: “I find flying sort of spiritual. I love looking down at the world below. It can be very solitary but fortunately I get along quite well with myself.”