August 4th 2009
Tony Shalhoub &
Taylor Longbrake behind the scenes |
Longbrake is a multi-talented
young lady making her TV series
debut as Cathy Cooper in the season
eight premiere episode "Mr.
Monk's Favorite Show" on Friday,
August 7th. 12-year-old Taylor worked
in commercials and theater, before
bing cast in Monk.
Taylor is also
an experienced singer. She was a
finalist on America's Most Talented
Kid and she has performed the
national anthem for the Angels of
Anaheim, the L.A. Lakers and the
Los Angeles Kings.
Taylor has the
same favorite actress that I do,
Andrews. Very groovy, Taylor!
the Scenes of "Mr. Monk's Favorite
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do you think they chose you for
the role on Monk?
I brought the character to life
the way they had envisioned her!
I also added my personality to the
role as Cathy Cooper. I also made
the casting directors laugh in my
audition which always helps! I told
a few jokes and added some fun to
How did you prepare for the role?
my mom tons of questions about The
Brady Bunch and tried to
make myself into Marcia Brady.
What was your
first day on the set like?
My first day on set
we all took pictures individually
and as a family to put around
the set to look like we lived
there and also for Monk's DVD
he uses in the show. We also tried
on tons of outfits until they
found just the perfect three outfits
I wore in the show. It was fun
to to dress up! My mom said she
wore some of the same outfits
as a little girl!! lol
What was the funniest thing that
happened while you were there?
there were a ton of funny things
happening on set! We had a real
dog on set that would not bark!!!!
He was supposed to bark on cue on
one of Monk's lines. Then there
was a scene where Monk comes in
with a huge afro on. It was the
funniest thing I ever saw!!
On the set of
"Mr. Monk's Favorite Show"
What was the best part about
working with Tony Shalhoub?
He was awesome and was
an amazing actor. He was very
funny and nice to all of the kids!
What do you think you learned
from working on Monk?
it was my first time filming a T.V.
show so I learned a lot!! I learned
how much work goes into making a
30 minute episode. Now I definitly
appreciate it more when I am watching
What was the
hardest part of filming the episode?
The hardest part was
not laughing! Especially in the
scene where Monk is accusing me
of murder. It was pretty hard
to take him so seriously in the
What do you like most about acting?
I like getting to be
someone else. Its cool to be someone
that is not yourself for awhile!
as Cathy Cooper
Who's your favorite actor and
My favorite actor is
Julie Andrews because she jut
becomes the character and you
believe her! She is also a singer
like myself. She is also in all
the best movies The
Sound of Music, Mary
Poppins, and The
What's your favorite subject
subjects are Science and Bible.
What are your
favorite things to do for fun?
things to do for fun are singing,
shopping, playing with my sister,
writing songs and hanging out
with my friends!! I also love
leading worship at my church!
on the Set
photos by Melissa Longbrake a.k.a. Taylor's
Taylor at her Trailer |
Taylor in Hair...
Taylor has her arm
put in a cast to prepare for another
episode of The Cooper Clan:
"Broken Arm, Broken Heart". |