In the first few episodes of House this season, Dr. Cameron has only appeared briefly. Working in the ER, House and his new fellowship candidates have come to her sporadically. It has been a lighter load for actor Jennifer Morrison.
Morrison Paces House
"It's totally a change because we were working 16 hours a day, five days a week for three years, but it's nice," said Morrison. "It's nice to have that balance of getting to go in and work and be a part of something you really care about and have a little time to have a life."
Several episodes into the season now, Morrison is starting to get antsy again. "I certainly have felt like there's been some episodes where it's like okay, I'm ready to work a little bit more. But I also know that that is coming. As things settle in and sort themselves out, I know that I need to enjoy the time that I have off now because it's not going to last. I love working so I can't help myself."
As some of the new candidates come to Cameron, Morrison has met some of her own competition. Of course, her contract is already signed. "I don't envy being in that situation because no one knows who's getting fired or who's staying. We know we're staying but they're kind of in a constant state of limbo so I would hate to be operating in that place but they all seem to be handling it really well."
Though she is no longer part of House's team, her work on each episode still fuels the House formula. "There still is a procedural element to it. It is a show about trying to solve a disease that someone has. The disease is the bad guy and we're out to get it. We're going to do whatever it takes to figure out how to do that. We're going to make mistakes along the way and then figure it out in the end. It certainly does carry that same structure. It's just some of the emotional stuff around it and the dynamics between the characters has changed up a bit."
Though the show is getting more crowded, Morrison enjoys where her character has gone over the course of three plus years. "Cameron's changed so much over the first three years. When you look at where she started, sort of so moralistic and ethical and doing the right thing and kind of even afraid to stand up for herself. Now she's walking away from House's team, willing to be rebellious and willing to take chances and missing the high and the rush of being on the team. Not caring what people think and doing things her own way. That's quite a journey to take in three years so it's been fun."