Danny De Vito, similar to Teddy, is a hugely generous partner, but the scenes we play together are hard to compare.
Frank and Artemis are alike in that they are grotesque and hedonistic characters that are not much in the way of thoughtful discussion, but more about reveling in the experience at hand. Acting opposite Danny as Frank feels kind of like a dare.
Are there any spoilers you can give us for Season 3 of Masters of Sex?
Girl, I don’t know shit about what’s happening in Season 3.
If the show were to end, what do you think would be the appropriate finale for Artemis?
I think the best possible ending for Artemis would be to become a secret agent or spy of some sort.
That would combine her loves of play-acting and dangerful living in a most satisfying way.
If hallucinogens could find their way into the equation, that would be ideal.
In the role of Flo, Artemis brought a screwball energy to the 1960s period drama that rivaled even the great Rosalind Russell and Claudette Colbert (had the two been unrestricted by the Hays Code). Austin Langham was an iconoclastic subversion of televisual sex and gender roles almost unmatched on cable television.
Until recently, Artemis Pebdani was one of the best kept secrets on television.
Since 2004, Artemis has appeared on a diverse array of network and cable television in supporting roles including Ugly Betty, Modern Family, and How I Met Your Mother.
The Daily Beast spoke with Artemis about acting, television, and growing up in Texas. When the Sunny boys were filming their infamous 0 pilot, I was living with Mary Elizabeth Ellis [The Waitress] who was dating Charlie Day.
The show was called It’s Always Sunny on Television at the time, and the guys were playing similar assholes to the ones they currently play, but they were actors instead of bar owners. In that particular incarnation of the pilot, they sent out a “casting call” for a movie or something, but really they were just looking for hot girls.