U.K.-born and bred Cat Deeley has found a place in Hollywood, thanks to hosting the Fox dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance, which will launch its 11th season May 28.
The Emmy-nominated TV personality also has a role in the Hulu original comedy series Deadbeat. A 10-episode first season is posted on the website.
Deadbeat stars Tyler Labine as a pot-smoking slacker named Kevin who also happens to be psychic. He finds a nemesis in Camomile, played by Deeley, 37, a psychic who has built an empire out of faking her ability to communicate with the dead.
Deeley talked about Deadbeat, her character and So You Think You Can Dance in a recent interview.
1 Tell us about your character.
My character is a real baddie. She is rotten to the core. She’s vile, she’s manipulative but she plays America’s sweetheart, giving people closure.
2 You’ve done guest spots on TV shows, but not everyone knew you could act.
I don’t think I knew I could act in all honesty! (Laughs.) I’m normally on live TV. If you make a mistake you just kind of ride with the punches and have a sense of humor about it. It was very different for me but I did really enjoy it.
3 I feel like your character on Deadbeat is like a nightmare version of Oprah Winfrey.
Doing a life class! But a life-after-death class on OWN!
4 Do you have the acting bug now? Do you want to try drama?
I don’t know if I could do something like Schindler’s List or something like that but I was very, very lucky that I got to work with a really good team off the bat. … I had to learn off the hoof.
5 So You Think You Can Dance is about to start its eleventh season. What do you say about that?
Crazy. We’re getting 18-year-olds that are turning up that have been waiting to audition for the show. It means that we’re still relevant within a dancer’s career, which means that we’ll still manage to find people. Our audience who watches the show tends to stick with us. It will not have been the juggernaut that American Idol has been in the past because it doesn’t appeal to everybody but there’s a core audience that watches the show, and that’s why we’re still going.
— Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press