'Arrested Development': Portia de Rossi says Tobias doesn't think he's gay
It's no secret that Tobias Funke is a bit oblivious, but apparently he's not aware that he's the butt of one of "Arrested Development's" biggest jokes. According to Portia de Rossi, her onscreen husband doesn't think he's gay despite a whole bunch of evidence pointing to the contrary.
"I remember David Cross asking Mitch, 'Am I gay? Or is this just like this running joke?'" de Rossi remembers to Out. "I can't imagine that he would ever think of himself as anything but this guy who is in an unfortunate marriage to a woman that doesn't really love him. I don't think that Tobias would ever think of himself as gay, and that's what makes it funny. It is a huge credit to the writing and to David [that it's not offensive]."
Hopefully that's a joke that continues to be played with in Season 4 of "Arrested Development." After seven years of being off the air, the comedy will have renewed life on Netflix when all 15 episodes of the upcoming season air on May 26.
"It was a bit of a fantasy," de Rossi says of returning to the show. "Because it's on Netflix, we didn't really feel the presence of a studio or a network. It felt like an independent feature, very creative and loose."
She continues of the fact that the cast sometimes never saw scripts, "We could trust the process because we know our characters and we know [creator] Mitch [Hurwitz]. But at the same time, everything was very spontaneous. Some of the funniest stuff I have ever seen in my whole life is in this new season."
Apparently Lindsay Bluth Funke has grown up a bit since we last saw her in 2006. Don't expect her to be entirely changed, but de Rossi teases that her character might not have matured the way fans expect.
"In this reincarnation, she's doing a little work on herself," de Rossi explains. "She is attempting to... not become a better person exactly, but to find out who she is and what she wants. She isn't as vapid and selfish as I've always thought her to be."
If you need some help catching up on "Arrested Development" before the Season 4 premiere, check out Zap2it's "Arrested Development" rewatch where we break down the highlights of each of the series' episodes.