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Discovering Tamara’s Tantalizing Side
(EXCLUSIVE: With Bones season finale just around the corner,Tamara Taylor relaxes and unwinds at home with Me In My Place)
Photos: Michael Edwards
On primetime Tamara Taylor is one of the (too) few ladies that genuinely saturates both smart and sexy, in equal amounts. When she discusses forensic evidence on screen, you get the feeling she already knew the term (and meaning) in real life. Let’s not mince words, she’s smoking hot too. The face and figure she effortlessly has now, most would be happy to have had in their 20s! I mimic Dr Camille Saroyan’s hairdos and envy her dresses, that although rather impractical for a messy forensic lab, are divine none the less.
Tamara has a darkly amusing humor and slightly dirty giggle. It’s been a while since I laughed out loud during an interviewee’s answers. We talked Bones’ corpse gravy, squirrel onesies, her teen mohawk days and what ‘subtly sexy’ means to her. We also play a fun ‘fan’ game, of marry, sleep with or date? So which co-star gets to be the lucky groom, Sweets, Booth, or Arastoo?
What would people shocked to know about you?
I’m a midnight marauder. If any sugary sweets are in the house, I will find them for a snack attack.
How did you audition for Camille So-ray-ah-er? (butchering the name)
Saroyan, it’s an Armenian last name. Don’t ask, we dunno (laughs). They had me do the first scene I was in, the train wreck with the severed arm. Barking out orders and flirting with Booth.
Did they give you gorey props, to see how would you react?
Funny thing was, I did the audition on tape because I was out of town. But I was at a Sundance Director’s Lab, so I had severed body parts at my disposal. Conveniently.
Any chance, you will be the next in line to get knocked-up on Bones?
Ha ha I wonder, I am the last one left, right? And I’ve actually had a love interest finally, so who knows.
It’s a wonderfully diverse cast.
That’s one of the many things I relish about the show. When the guest stars come on, the description might say ‘Sexy Bounty Hunter’ kicks Booth in the jaw. But the breakdown doesn’t really detail age, build or race. When ‘Sexy Bounty Hunter’ shows up, she can be any type of actress. Which is refreshing.
In real life what do you find attractive in a man?
Sense of humor, every time, has to have one.
So we’re in pretend world, choose between Sweets, Booth and Aristoo. Who do you a) marry b) fornicate or c) date? There’s no killing in my version and don’t feel guilty, because it’s their characters not the actors.
Oh ok, ha! Goodness. Let’s see, hmmn! I would marry Aristoo, cause he’s coming with the poetry, and the sweetness and the love. I’d probably fornicate with Booth and then date Sweets.
I secretly want Cam and Sweets to have a DUUUHHRRTY weekend.
My God! That’s so wrong, on so many levels. But you aren’t the first person to say that, strangely.
Worst date ever?
I’m not a big drinker, so I had that extra glass of wine and after the first goodnight kiss (sigh). I expelled the contents of my dinner, in front of him. Yeah you can’t really come back from that.
Worst hairstyle in life?
Oh man, there’s a lot to choose from. I’ve had some really bad ones. Maybe my pseudo Jerry Curl, I didn’t have the whole kit - just the activator. Did you just squeal at me hee hee?
So that, or my half mohawke.
You had a mohawke?
Only half (cracking up). I’m from Canada, I went from listening to Debarge to Siouxie and The Banshees in a five year span. So train track braces in addition to that outfit, with elastics and head gear. All that was a recipe for hotness. There are some serious blackmail photos out there.
I always wanted braces when I was a kid, they seemed very American chic.
So I’d put tin foil on my front teeth to pretend.
That’s amazing! You didn’t miss out. It was a torturous experience. Torturous!
Did you get a chance to see MIMP?
Beautiful! Girls just lounging around at home. All tastefully done, celebrating their
differences, being candid. I’m a huge fan of bringing that subtle sexiness back. Tantalizing, instead of the full frontal or just T&A.
One of the girls I find gorgeous Marcelle, is considered a plus size model.
Yeah but by who? To me she’s not plus size, she’s the real size.
MIMPsters, who are mostly guys, see that too. A photo of just her face blew up the internet.
See there’s something kind of lovely about that. I really like that.
Talking of bodies, you look incredibly fit. Are you a runner or Yogi?
No, but I hike like crazy! Outdoor activities are my thing. When I go to the gym, I get accused of doing the British workout. Although I feel I’ve done something monumental.
[FYI Means choose a machine that involves sitting down and move only your legs].
I tried the vegan thing too, that was very short lived. And although I enjoy yoga, I’m not consistent enough to claim I have a practice.
I interviewed your co-worker (John Francis Daley). He took selfies.
He’s a sweetheart. God, I’m so useless at selfies. I should try it in a onesy with a trap door, maybe twerk?
(Tamara has little surreal segways.)
Maybe a squirrel, with ears?
That’s it then, I’m busting out the onesy!
Do you think that if you weren’t an actress you would have any interest in science or medicine?
I am really fascinated by the human brain, I’ve been reading this book called The Brain That Changes Itself. It’s about neuroplasticity, this notion the brain is constantly changing, rewiring. Forensics might be a bit too grisly and gruesome for me, in real life.
You got a ‘lil grisly as Debrah the junkie, in Diary of A Mad Black Woman.
I did, that was the first time I played such an unhinged person. Which made for a nice departure, we cut the one scene where she smashed her child’s piggy bank open.
(Gasp) Oooh that would’ve been good.
I was on my hands and knees, grabbing coins and ready to hock my little girls necklace. Not a cheerful image.
She was a sad character. You did it scarily well, I felt bad for her.
I love that you felt bad for her, audiences can be unsympathetic to the Debrah’s of the world.
(Gossiping about a character, with the actress who played her, in a scene that was cut; as if she were my neighbor goes beyond nerdy. It’s bordering on metaphysical. Hoorah!)
I like Tyler Perry, why can’t we have our dumb version of Mrs Doubtfire?
Exactly, why can’t we? I’ve heard both sides of the argument too, but I think his millions of fans are the real testament. It proves what he’s doing is appreciated and being enjoyed.
Do you have a preference between films and TV?
I like the exploration in film, but episodic TV keeps your acting chops up.
How did you get into acting when you got older?
I was painfully shy as a kid, so acting scared the bejesus out of me. One of my best friends in the world Cree Summer was here in LA. I felt I had to try and get over that fear. She really encouraged me and when I did I was a ham!
You’re Canadian, were you ever on Degrassi Jr High?
Ha ha like Drake? No, but looking back that show was a benchmark for controversial teen drama right? Canadian TV has grittier themes, similar to England. More like cable and HBO, here.
Everyone is very good looking on US procedurals, even yours.
It is a very, very, good looking forensic team (giggling).
You watch shows like Criminal Minds and think ‘I’ll kill seven people to get Shemar Moore or Matthew Gray Gubler to interrogate me. Sure, why not?’
Wouldn’t we all? I mean that’s the goal, profile ME. Please?
Who is your idea of dreamy?
President Obama. He’s dreamy, but so is Michelle. They are collectively dreamy. And of course Idris Alba mmmm.He has a gravitas from another time. An old fashioned manliness.
If you were a serial killer or villain on Bones, what would your MO be?
I don’t think I even have an answer for that!
Was there anything so gruesome on set, you needed a moment?
It’s not the fake bodies, but when the bodies have been caked in real insects. That gets stomach churning. If it’s teaming with maggots. They have this stuff they eat, I like to call it ‘the corpse gravy.’ A vat of maggots, really smells bad. Oh, I just thought who my target would be if I was a pretend serial killer.
So you would take them out with your speedy, sexy, death machine?
Or maybe just gently encourage them off the road. Road etiquette is a big deal to me.
I dub thee… Road Killer!
Tamara can be seen next in Dating in LA and Other Urban Myths #Boneheads can catch up with Cam on Bones, Fox MON 8/9PM ET/PT. With the season finale on May 19th.
Oh it’s Captain Booth!!! hahaha!!! this is awesome!
make me choose: Knockout or
AlwaysRoy Montgomery taught me what it meant to be a cop. He taught me that we are bound by our choices, but we are more than our mistakes. Captain Montgomery once said to me that for us, there is no victory. There are only battles. And in the end, the best you can hope for is to find a place to make your stand. And if you’re very lucky, you find someone to stand with you.