'GCB' Finale Guest Star Sandra Bernhard on Going 'Revolutionary' on the Women (Video)
The actress and comedian talks to THR about her vigilante role on the ABC comedy's season-ender on Sunday.
GCB fans have been hearing about Carlene’s (Kristin Chenoweth) “Condos for Christian Living” project all season. On Sunday’s season finale, it’s time to finally break ground in unincorporated Juarez but guest star Sandra Bernhard throws a wrench in the works.
The actress and comedian plays Debby Horowitz, a Jewish-slash-something tribal activist who takes extreme measures to stop the project.
“She’s down in Mexico trying to protect the land against these land grabbing, money making, fast scheme types of people,” Bernhard tells The Hollywood Reporter. “She just steps in and crushes the plot and holds the girls hostage until they give up and leave. She’s funny. She’s crazy. She considers herself to be one-fourth Mahwah, like one of those ancient tribes, Mexican, Incas or something. She’s funny, off the wall, a revolutionary, and just the right character to shake up the bowels.”
Series creator Robert Harling approached Bernhard with the part, though he wasn’t sure she’d want to do it. “I was like, of course I want to do it,” Bernhard says.
“I want to be back on TV constantly, especially with people I have so much respect for,” she continues. “The scripts are all great. It’s totally right up my alley. It’s irreverent and just biting and funny, and just old school hysterical.”
Although she doesn’t get to sing on the episode, Bernhard says she walked away from the experience with a new musical idea for her one-woman show, Sandrology, which she’s performing at L.A.’s REDCAT starting May 30.
“The fun thing was that Kristin and I actually sang during the breaks and stuff,” she says. “And I was telling her how my original idea was to become a musical Broadway star and she loves my voice. So, we did kind of sing together and have fun. She encouraged me to pursue my dreams. So, now I’m doing a piece for my show that’s sort of based on that conversation and I sing a song from Hello Dolly and it was all inspired by Kristin.”
Watch Bernhard and Chenoweth spar against one another on the season finale in the preview clip below.
The GCB season finale airs Sunday at 10 p.m. on ABC.
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