Betsy Brandt on Getting Justice for Hank With Marie’s Surprise ‘Better Call Saul’ Cameo

You’ve been back to Albuquerque ever since Break finished?

I go back at least once a year. My son was born there in the second season. My daughter started preschool and went to school on it. Dean and I were just talking about this the other day, about how our kids are growing up, and he said, “When we lived in New Mexico, our kids used to play. together and all go to the same school…” wonderful life. We just raised our kids in New Mexico for at least part of the year. I would love to be able to go back.

Has it changed since then?

So funny. Yes and no. In a way, it feels like all the good is still there — and then it always surprises me, catches me off guard a little, what an impact. Break and Saul available on Albuquerque. Now we have a statue there. For candy, you can get candy at the candy shop in Old Town from Candy Lady. When you get off the plane, there’s a kiosk that sells Break bloated.

There are so many great crews stationed in Albuquerque right now, which is just amazing. So it can be a production hub and a great place to perform. Between both shows, we’ve been there for a long time, but there are still new locations that we’ve shot. Albuquerque is another character in the series. The show is particularly interesting because it’s in Albuquerque. There are some things that would be completely different if it were somewhere else. Break was originally set in California. We shot in New Mexico, because of the tax incentives, but in the end it was just a great gift.

You’ve been doing everything since Break, especially all genres of television. Is it by design after playing a character for so long?

After Break, it’s certainly a conscious choice. I mean, if you’re lucky enough to have the experience as an actor, to do the work that you love so much, I feel very good… I want to do a comedy after that and that’s the thing. I did. I did The Michael J. Fox Show and I couldn’t have chosen anyone better than Michael J. Fox to work with after Break. I just feel like I don’t want to try and chase Break because I don’t know if there will be one for me. And then I went to Master of sex. And I spent four years on a CBS sitcom [Life in Pieces] plays Dianne Wiest and Jim Brolin’s daughter.

It’s funny, after I did a TV series… I remember talking to Bryan Cranston about this. I remember the day we shot the clumsy guacamole scene and I had chest pain at the end of the day because I had to tell Bryan to kill himself over and over again. Look, nobody forced me to do this. There’s a part of me that likes that. It’s fun. But in a different way. It’s fun in a different way than playing a comedy. But when I knew we had that scene, I told him, “I’m ready for a comedy.”

It’s like you need a wash, a funny cleanse after you’ve done a show like this. But then after acting in a comedy, I said, “I want a drama that immerses me in my soul”. I mean, I just, I like to flex all those muscles. And I must tell you, although I, I think, prepared for it, am Saul really caught me off guard. For Peter Gould to write the words or speak the words that Peter wrote and for Peter to guide me, it was really like coming home.

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