You can catch our fellow Offender Elizabeth Ho on Netflix’s sitcom DISJOINTED as Jenny, an employee at a pot dispensary run by Kathy Bates. Elizabeth recently spoke with Decider to talk about everything from what the cast is really smoking on set and what it’s like to work with a “newcomer” like Bates. You can read the full interview here, but check out some highlights below:
WHETHER THE CAST IS REALLY SMOKING WEED DURING THE SHOW:
If we did we’d all be so messed up. None of us would get any work done. No, it’s this herbal mixture that’s really disgusting, has no carcinogens in it, but it tastes like butthole and everyone has like a hairball in the back of their throat by the end of the night. You know we have vape pens and those are just flavored oils, there’s no CBD or THC in them. We do have Dr. Dina on set to make sure that everything on set looks as real as possible–she’s Snoop Dogg’s doctor of choice. So she’s been great at making sure everything looks real, you know, making sure that what we’re smoking isn’t dated and that’s been really fun.
You know it would be fun to smoke on set but it’s pretty much a 6-hour taping and to continuously have to inhale and inhale, we’d be all so messed up. We wouldn’t get anything done. The audience would be hot boxed and no one would do anything we’d all just sit around and just raid craft [services].
ON WHETHER OR NOT SHE KNEW SHE’D BE WORKING WITH KATHY BATES WHEN SHE AUDITIONED:
I didn’t know that going in. I went in kind of late. I was brought in a little bit later and I just knew it was a Chuck Lorre production and I had worked with Chuck before and David Javerbaum was an EP on it and creator as well and I had followed his career from Daily Show and I was like “yes yes! Of course I’ll come in and read this.” Of course, you know, the kicker is Kathy, someone who I’ve admired her work for I feel like, since Misery, probably a little before that. I love that she’s done all this stage work and she’s a titan, I think, in this industry–especially being a woman of her age. It’s very hard to find women with careers like this and I really admire that about her.
And then being on set, you know, I was, well, I was pretty frickin’ nervous but she is exactly like she interviews: down to earth, funny as all get out, very generous acting partner, and a great leader on set. I mean, she’s #1 on the call sheets. She sets the tone. We call ourselves, the cast and crew, family and she’s the one who sets that precedent so it’s been an absolute blast getting to work with her. And getting to watch her work has been such a learning experience. It makes everyone on set up their game for sure.
ON WHAT SHE HOPES TO SEE FOR JENNY IF THERE IS A SECOND SEASON:
Oh yeah big fingers-crossed is that she really leans into becoming a healer and looks to Ruth as a mentor. I would love more scenes with Michael Trucco and with Dougie [Baldwin] who plays Pete. I feel like Pete really got isolated these last couple episodes with Biowave and I have the most–he’s so incredibly talented, I had the most fun working with him. And oh, and Liz Alderfer. When you get the two Lizzes together, we’re so crazy. I’d also love to do a rap music video but I don’t know if they will let me. It’s probably for everyone’s safety that I don’t but you know a girl can dream.