'Bones' Star Tamara Taylor Hates Bugs, Doesn't Mind Fake Corpses
By Denise Warner Posted Apr 15th 2010 05:00PM
Tamara chatted with PopEater and told us that she never watches an episode the night it airs. "I'm kind of superstitious; I never watch the date that it's on. I usually watch a couple of days later," she says.
The actress also dished on Cam's future love interest, her amazing wardrobe, and the grossest thing she's ever had to do on a set that's known for it's ick factor -- considering the show revolves around decomposing bodies. "I'm probably not a big fan of the bug wrangler. When he's around, I'm not usually not very composed. He brings a veritable feast of rats, maggots, cockroaches of all sizes. He's not my favorite guy. The corpses I'm actually pretty good with ... They're believable, but you can always smell the rubber. You're always reminded that they are not real ... When they cue the real bugs, I'm not a big fan."
It's interesting that Cam is the lynch pin of the group, since we didn't see her until season two. In the 100th episode, she's the one who suggested Seeley Booth meet with Temperance Brennan. And the rest is history. She brought the whole team together, long before we even knew her.
Isn't that funny? It's [a] clever way of weaving everyone together.
As for future episodes, Cam is getting a love interest, right?
Yes. Elon Gold is the man. My love interest, it's so typical Cam. It's completely inappropriate and completely the wrong way to go about things. But she sort of lands in a mess – a whole funny, sweet mess. And that's how the love interest is introduced.
It's been a while since Cam has gotten some action. Are you excited?
Oh my gosh, I'm so excited. Usually Cam is sleeping with other people's guys. So it's really sort of nice to have one of my own.
I have to say, I love Cam's outfits these days. She's been getting sexier.
The wardrobe? Are you digging the wardrobe? Based on what's being written, the costume people are so amazing, because they try to work with the writers to develop characters in a different way. I think because there was a conspicuous absence of love in Cam's life, the costumers sexed her up a little bit.
She's putting herself out there.
A little bit. It was an interesting subconscious thing.
One thing that I like about Cam, and it's a testament to you as an actress, is that she comes on in the second season not only as someone who's an ex-girlfriend of Booth's but Brennan's boss, too, which causes some tension. Yet, she's really become a fan favorite, even though it seemed at the beginning that everyone would hate her.
It was tough at first, because I crash landed on the scene as the boss and the ex. I don't think fans were pleased with either one of those things. But thanks to the writers and I think I fell in love with the cast pretty immediately, so there was instant chemistry, and they just softened her and made her nicer for me so that we could keep her around.
Are you guys close as a cast?
Oh yeah. There is so much laughter on the set on any given day.
That must make it easy to go to work.
Yeah, you know, it's a good day if you can pick through a pretend rubber corpse and laugh hysterically, all the while singing. It's a good job.
What's the grossest thing you've ever had to do on set?
I'm probably not a big fan of the bug wrangler. When he's around, I'm not usually not very composed. He brings a veritable feast of rats, maggots, cockroaches of all sizes. He's not my favorite guy. The corpses I'm actually pretty good with ... They're believable, but you can always smell the rubber. You're always reminded that they are not real, which I'm good with. When they cue the real bugs, I'm not a big fan.
The spiders that made Cam freak out in 'The Dentist in the Ditch' were CGI, right?
I've got to tell you, thank God they were not real, because life imitates art, I have major arachnophobia. It's funny that it landed on Cam because I so do not like spiders. I like them from a far, I like them when they're outside and not on me.
Yes, when they are killing mosquitoes.
Oh yeah. They do great work, we love them.
So are you done filming for the season?
What are you doing with your vacation?
Right now, I brought you with me on a hike. I'm sitting in the most amazing park. Birds flying over head and I'm being eaten by flies it seems. I'm going to try to take a trip. I don't know whether it's going to be a European vacation. But there's usually one travel adventure on a hiatus that I like to try to get into with my husband. So that's definite. Settling into my home, which I sort of haven't landed into yet. I'm excited about that. Actually, reading, which is one of my favorite things to do – Emily and I both joke that aside from scripts and the odd magazine, there's not much of an opportunity to read during the season.
Is there anything that you're looking forward to reading?
I just finished 'The Outliers' and I'm diving into 'Geek Love.'
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