I just interviewed Valerie Cruz, one of the stars of Off the Map, which is basically Grey’s Anatomy with mosquitoes.
Here’s some more of what Val — who plays Doctor “Zee” Alvarez — told me.
Me: You were the staff psychologist on Nip/Tuck. Are you getting typed?
Cruz: I feel the opposite. I’ve played a cop, a vampire, a housewife, and now I’m a doctor. Actually, this is first time I’ve played a doctor-doctor. I wish there was more of a type for me. “We have to get her for this job.”
Me: Is there anything you’d like your Off the Map character to do that she hasn’t?
Cruz: She’s usually holding the clinic down while the boys have crazy adventures. Maybe she should have a girl adventure.
Me: Contact me if you need some ideas for that. Is she a jack of all trades kind of doctor?
Cruz: Yes, but she definitely has her interests in botanical medicine and jungle type medicine. She has her garden.
Me: Any weed in there?
Cruz: There might be. Not in the episodes so far. [Laughs.]
Me: How do you deal with all the bugs on the set? A baseball bat?
Cruz: There’s something called Bite Away. It stops the bite from getting really, really big. If it swells, you use makeup — and don’t scratch.
Me: On a more pleasant note: I notice quite a bit of shirtlessness on the show.
Cruz: Martin Henderson is shirtless a lot. They’re all in states of undress! [Laughs.]
Me: But you’re engaged, right?
Cruz: I am. Jason George [her TV lover] is married, too, so it’s kind of perfect. How lucky I am to love both my husbands!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 22, 2011