Listen: Stephen Bochco, Alex, Margaret discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"Where everything is done by the book, master shop who shot over the shoulders, close ups, and everything is done by wrote, you know. And here I was on a set where everything was free wheeling and it was no coverage and it was improvised. So my goodness gracious. I didn't understand how they were gonna put it together. I'm the director was Zini to say the least and I will leave it. It does. Alex, Patrick equally eighty, and they were best friends and they were living the life of their own separate from the movie. I mean, whatever it was that they had as a vision, they were not sharing with the who. So it was. It was a difficult shoot, but I get. I got the spend time with Margaret. Oh, which was a delight. Yeah, I was so surprised to see her in the film right from in every way we went out shopping. We went to lunch. We had so much fun. We stayed in a gorgeous hotel which had an outdoor pool in the middle of the winter. What more do you want them research? You were the only two women in the cast. Right? Exactly. And I was some sort of terror in kind constantly scowling. That's what I have a frown too high of Vang's as as it is today. I got a little through my career. If feels like it was a real passion project by screen, Alex and hachik. It was a passion project, and I think they had some sort of scripted, but it was mostly in their head and it really wasn't very much on the page and they kept getting irritated with the cruise, who is the sound? If a sound that we're we're, we're not getting that shot. We can't get. They said, just forget it. What could you possibly do? So it was very interesting, extremely interested. When you are acting and you're, you're going from these films to TV TV movies, TV series. Are you also doing your singing at the same time or are you doing different digs as well? Time. I mean in seventy five seventy six seventy seven seventy eight. I went to sing it. Reno. Sweeney also did never Tiete which was a broad without show the closed in Chicago. But when I moved to California seventy eight took a back seat until nineteen eighty five. So I definitely took a breather from hanging. I didn't try to to careers very well. Eighty five. I started down the careers better and then by ninety my thinning took over completely. Whenever touch anybody who is on this TV show, I have to ask them about it because it was such a groundbreaking series. What was your experience like on hillstreet blues? Well, that was a real, a real surprised because it was so groundbreaking. And at the time I had such a strong reputation in film. I mean in Halloween series work that Stephen Bochco brought me to the studio and showed me the pilot personally screened the pilot for me in order to get me to agree to the next four at the sows, which was I look back on it now and I think my God, what an honor, what an unbelievable owner. Nowadays, the world has changed to such an extent that getting an audition is people are scrambling to get a meeting, and it's a meeting of such a portion. I mean, it's unbelievable to remember such thing, and I of coin that yes immediately and I played for four weeks, this reporter and I had a fabulous time because the cast was so congenial hole in it together. This was one of the first of the truly ensemble shows and. I had been using his. Ours shows like that. Ntim PI and Kojak Baretta Mannix medical center all those and I enjoyed meeting everybody nine to being around everybody and even Bochco was such a chain is wonderful actors, wonderful on samba work. And then the thing that was revolutionary is wonderful camera work. If you look back on it, we take it for granted. Now that everybody's hand held camerawork and they're always walking. They're always moving that they're always doing something else. They're always walking down a hallway. They're always, they're always on the move. Whereas as I said, the four, the standard way to television before was just a master shot the to shock the over the shoulder and the close. It was all pretty static, but not on hillstreet blues.."