From 'Lost' and 'Star Trek' to 2012's 'Dallas': An Interview With Marlene Forte.

Fans of the '80s primetime soap opera "Dallas" are in for a treat when the new edition lands on television on June 13, 2012. Instead of being a remake of the series, the original cast continues the Ewing's legendary family business. Patrick Duffy, Larry Hagman, and Linda Gray all return alongside a new cast. Marlene Forte plays the Ewing's housekeeper, Carmen. She recently stopped by to talk about "Dallas," acting, and her upcoming role in a Wayans spoof.

Thank you, Marlene, for talking to me. How are you doing?

I am doing great. Thanks. Excited for "Dallas "to finally air. I feel like we've been waiting forever.

You will be co-starring in the remake of the '80s series, "Dallas," which premieres June 13. How did you get involved with this project?

I auditioned for "Dallas" in the earlier part of last year. It took a long time to actually get the appointment. My manager sent me the script during the Christmas holiday, but he didn't have an appointment for me. According to Cynthia Cider, the head writer and producer, they saw everyone in LA before they saw me. I'm not too sure why they didn't want to see me right away, but I did eventually get the appointment, and I booked it. It was very easy for me. It is very well written and the character really reminds me of my mom! She is funny, loving, and opinionated.

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