The Client List
Elisabeth Rohm Dishes on Season 2 of “The Client List”
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of speaking to Elisabeth Rohm about her starring role in the Lifetime Original Movie, “In The Dark.” A working actress and busy mom, I knew it would be hard to get Elisabeth back on the phone, so we also chatted for a few minutes about her recurring role as Taylor Berkhalter in the upcoming season of “The Client List,” premiering Sunday, March 10th at 10/9c.
First, Elisabeth gave me the back story on Taylor, explaining that Taylor and Riley Parks, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s character, were classmates who always competed. “Taylor loves Riley,” she said, “but she’s so desperate for attention and she doesn’t censor herself. She thinks she's being nice, but she only thinks from her point of view.”
So Taylor isn’t actually mean or vindictive? “I think she’s just telling her truth,” Elisabeth said. That Elisabeth was defensive of her character’s behavior showed me how much she really loved playing the part. “I love Taylor because she’s awful, loud, and big. Very different from me!” she laughed.
In Season Two of “The Client List,” Elisabeth would like to see Taylor mature a bit and to learn more of her back story. “I’d love to know why she is the way she is,” said Elisabeth. Surprisingly, the actors know as much about their characters as the audience. “We find out episode by episode,” Elisabeth explained to me.
When I asked Elisabeth whether she thinks “The Client List” has a message about female empowerment, she confessed that although she couldn’t do what Riley does to take care of her children, she does see how finding one’s way and one’s voice could be empowering.
So how does Elisabeth manage to balance work and motherhood? “Somebody once told me that you can do it all, but you have to take time,” she explained. “When you feel empty, take a moment to refill and refuel.” Having silent moments for oneself is the key to being able to have it all, and according to Elisabeth, we all deserve an hour a day to be with ourselves.
That’s invaluable advice for mothers everywhere, myself included.