She may be stirring up trouble as Georgina on Gossip Girl, but this Fall, Michelle Trachtenberg is getting to show her sweeter side in the new hospital drama Mercy, which premieres tonight on NBC. What's her new role as a nurse on Mercy like? Well, just picture the exact opposite of Georgina: Chloe is a kind, naive nurse who wants to help people, not harm them.
When I caught up with Trachtenberg at the TCAs this Summer, I had to ask about her two very different shows and roles.
On the differences between the two sets:
It's definitely the shoes. We go from Louboutins to nurse clogs. They are more comfortable, definitely. I guess the biggest difference is that there aren't as many young kids. I also can't imagine with Mercy we're all going to have hundreds and hundreds of screaming girls running after all of the boys. There might be a few older ladies running after Tupper, which is still fantastic. They're two completely different experiences. I love my Gossip Girl family. We are all good friends and love each other. I'm excited to start a new family, and family is family — you never leave them.
To hear what Trachtenberg likes about playing her two different characters, whether Georgina will get a love interest, and more, just
Georgina does request Blair Waldorf [as her roommate] and Georgina always gets what she wants. As far as love interest, she is making out with all the boys. Oh wait, that was my request! You'll have to see.
On what she likes about playing very different characters (Georgina = scheming, Chloe = innocent):
I think it's very important as an actress to never peg yourself in a particular hole. You look at Meryl Streep, and I mean, the woman is just so extraordinary and such a chameleon. Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore; all of these women who are constantly changing themselves. Halle Berry was always talking about how they didn't want her for Monster's Ball and how she was like, screw you guys, I'm gonna show you. I think it is very important for an actress to switch it up. Whereas Georgina is malicious and kind of a killer, Chloe isn't, and for me as an actress it's fun to go back and forth. It's a little bit of a split personality.
On whether Mercy starting in the Fall instead of midseason means she'll be on Gossip Girl less:
We definitely had a set schedule for Gossip Girl. The great news is that if Georgina isn't in as many episodes as you would think, you can't kill her. She kind of can't die, ever. So she'll be in and out always.