Eden Riegel is back on AMC (again) as Bianca! She opened up to Digest about married life, her other projects, and life back in the Valley.
On Her Web Series, IMAGINARY BITCHES: “We’re up to almost six million views. It’s amazing. What matters most is that people like it. It means the world to me. Thorsten [Kaye, Zach] watched it and was really supportive and was telling other people to watch it; that means the world to me. It was a labor of love, something we made on our own with our pals. It’s very personal and it means so much that people think it’s funny and interesting. [Her husband/the show’s author] Andrew [Miller] created a really fascinating world; it’s funny, edgy, provocative, but it’s also got a heart and people connect to it. Everybody’s felt lonely in their life, felt like different parts of their personality were at war with each other. It’s relatable. We did it all for free the first time and called in lots of favors. Next time [we produce episodes], we’d love to be able to pay everybody. It’s important to us because their time is valuable. I think everyone loves it so much that they’d keep doing it for free, but we’re really hoping to make a go of it. It’s a real possibility.
On The Similiarities Between Bianca And Imaginary Bitches’s Alter Ego, Eden: “They both have big hearts and sometimes let themselves get walked all over, but IMAGINARY BITCHES Eden is a lot more raunchy and very bitchy. I don’t think Bianca is a saint. I think she’s a whole person. She strives to be good and to see the goodness in the people around her, but I don’t think of her as a goody two-shoes.”
On Bianca’s New Love, Reese: “I love working with Tamara [Braun, Reese] so much. The story is intriguing; she didn’t tell her mother or her sister that she was in love with a woman, so much so that they had decided to have a child together, which as far as I’m concerned is a bigger commitment than marriage, a decision that needs to be taken even more seriously than getting married. Tamara and I had tried to get together and get to know each other and get used to each other and go over our characters’ history, but they were running so early the day we taped our first scenes, they changed our call time to hours earlier and we didn’t have time to rehearse, so it was literally like, ‘Hi, I’m Eden,’ ‘Hi, I’m Tamara,’ and then it was time to be in love with each other. But we just had an instant connection.”
On Her Upcoming Movie, The Year One: “I had done American Pie and some indie movies, but it was my first, giant-budget, Jack Black movie! It was pretty incredible. Every amazing comedy guy that you could think of was in the movie and it was directed by Harold Ramis, who’s like a comedy god. I was surprised that we didn’t have to bend down and worship him. I was in Shreveport, LA, which is not a big city, but there are casinos, so you could get in trouble, if you’re looking for that! I’m the worst gambler because I’m so risk-averse. I would be like, ‘Uh, I’ll put $2 on red!’ And I’m not a big drinker, either. But I did go to the all-you-can-eat buffets [laughs]!”
On Being Back In New York: “I love New York and I really missed it. I don’t know if I could be in New York not working, but it’s great to be in New York working. L.A. is a great city to be unemployed in, because everyone else seems to be unemployed! Even the people I know in L.A. who are working actors are off more than they’re on. It’s just the way the business works. So, you wake up, you go to the gym, you go to lunch, you grab a yoga class, you get a facial…. It’s very easy to be lazy. Being here … there’s so much energy and focus that’s required, so much going on, and when you get home, you just want to lock the door and cuddle with your doggy and your husband, whereas in L.A., because you are alone in your home, and on the streets, and you are alone in the car, you crave [socializing]. So I’m a much more social person in L.A, and entertain a ton and all that stuff. You kind of need to. It’s essential.”