If you know Melissa Fumero, it’s probably from her several years on “One Life to Live” playing Adriana Cramer. She also had a recurring part on Season 4 of “Gossip Girl” and has guest-starred on shows like “The Mentalist” and “CSI: NY.”
Aside from a one-off appearance on “Men at Work” earlier this year, though, Fumero had very little experience in comedy before joining FOX’s new series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which premieres Tuesday (Sept. 17). The thing is, though, you’d hardly know it — Fumero more than holds her own opposite Andy Samberg, who plays her partner in the show set at a police precinct.
Her ultra-competitive character, Detective Amy Santiago, can’t stand the way Samberg operates, which would often mean that Amy is the off-putting stickler for regulations. The way she’s written and Fumero plays her, though, you can pretty well understand the chip on her shoulder — and enjoy the comic possibilities.
For that reason, Fumero is one of Zap2it’s Ones to Watch for the 2013-14 season. Get to know her better with the following Q-and-A:
What’s the current home-screen picture on your phone?
A picture I took of the San Remo building from the lake in Central Park. It has a cool filter on it.
What are your can’t-miss TV shows?
“BREAKING BAD”! And “Homeland,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Mindy Project,” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
“On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons.
What’s the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
“Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” from the Broadway show “Fosse.” (yes, I’m a musical theatre nerd)
Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion?
Aliens! In my mind they wouldn’t be dangerous, they’d be fascinating and would bring the world together. I’m a glass half-full kind of girl.
What’s the last item you purchased?
A Karen Millen dress for an upcoming event.
Do you have any current pop-culture obsessions?
I’m realizing I’m not hip enough to know for sure what would be considered pop-culture.
What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
I tore my ACL and a bunch of other tendons in my knee a few years ago. I fell skiing. It was horrible.
Do you have any nicknames?
Mel or Melly.
Your first kiss — who and when?
I was in love with my next-door neighbor Louis, and I physically chased him around my birthday party and grabbed his face and planted a big one right on the lips. It was my 5th birthday.
What’s your spirit animal?
A wolf … but when I asked my husband, he said “a duck-billed platypus.” It made me laugh, so I didn’t even ask why. I don’t need to know.
What was the last lie you told?
I lie to myself every day when I tell myself I can skip yoga.
Air guitar or hairbrush singer?
Shameless hairbrush singer.
Who is your last text message from?
One of my best friends from NYC.
Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 23, What’s the third sentence?
“As an important twelfth-century master, Drakpa Gyaltsen said: ‘Human beings spend all their lives preparing, preparing, preparing … Only to meet the next life unprepared.'”
If you had to choose another career, what would it be?
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
Paris. I’ve wanted to go my whole life. It’s on the agenda for next year!
Is there a celebrity that you have met and been starstruck by?
Amy Poehler dropped by the set a few weeks ago to say hello — I barely got my name out. She was a big ball of sunshine, and I was an awkward silent mess.
What goes in your carry-on bag on the plane?
Hand sanitizer, lip balm, my Kindle, earphones, tissues, and my iPad mini.
What’s your favorite beverage?
A big bold glass of wine.
What food can you not resist?
What do your friends make fun of you for?
Being clumsy. Also being sassy. Or they would say, “when I get all Jersey about something.”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” premieres at 8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday on FOX.