An interview with a drop dead diva

What if you woke up one day and realized you’re dead? Then suddenly St. Peter appears saying he’s sending you back to Earth for a second chance to live. Would you choose to be the same person or swap bodies with someone entirely different from you?

No matter what’s the answer to this question, it will have a big resemblance to the premise of a series that airs weekly on beTV, Drop Dead Diva, because the story gives the main star two roles to play: a vapid, outgoing model wannabe and a brilliant, thoughtful but shy lawyer.

The television series tells the story of a beauty-centric model that is killed in a car accident. Before being accepted into the gates of Heaven, she manages to punch a button at St. Peter’s desk that sends her back to Earth, but in another woman’s body. That woman just happens to be her exact opposite. She’s an intelligent, a witty, a workaholic and an overweight lawyer named Jane Bingum, who on the other hand, died protecting her boss.

In a phone interview with the Standard Today, Brooke Elliot, the star of hit American seriesDrop Dead Diva, answered our freaky Friday question. She said she would want to be a man, though she did not mention any name or person in particular, she explained that she found men very mysterious.

“I would love to know what they’re thinking and feeling and how society pressures them in a certain way. I would like to know how they handle things. I found men kind of mysterious and I would like to know what’s going on in their world,” she furthered.

Brooke, who first played the mixed-up character in 2009, was excited in telling us the latest developments in the series’ new season. She said, apart from the appearance of Kim Kardashian in three episodes, fans will see massive changes playing in Jane’s romantic life. During our interview, the actress also expressed her delight knowing that the series has a strong following in Asia. She cited Drop Dead Diva’s universal theme as the main reason.

“It’s a kind of comforting to me to know that our cultures are so different and we are halfway across the world, and yet we are all similar? We all go through the same stuff. Our struggles and our joys are universal,” she stressed.

The season opener kicked off with Jane in Italy being swept off her feet by her new beau Owen (Lex Medlin). For a second, it looks like she might finally be getting her happily ever after until Grayson (Jackson Hurst) steps back into the picture.

Brooke, who is also a singer, starred on Broadway in The Pirate Queen, an original musical from the writers of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. She also starred on Broadway in Taboo, the musical composed by Boy George and produced by Rosie O’Donnell. She toured nationally with Beauty and the Beast and was in the original cast of the first national tour ofWicked.

Drop Dead Diva premiered on Oct. 1 on beTV (SkyCable, channel 35, Dream Satellite, channel 36 and Cignal Digital TV, channel 37). It airs Monday to Friday at 8:30 p.m.

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