July 1, 2014
The last time we saw Julie Gonzalo as Pamela on TNT’s Dallas reboot, she walked in on her husband and his lover, initiated a threesome, and fell into a medicine-cabinet-full-of-pills-induced seizure. And that was just the midseason finale! Maxim caught up with Gonzalo to talk sex scenes, steak recipes, and getting sauced in the Lone Star State.
Photographed for Maxim by Harper Smith
First things first: a ménage à trois, huh?
Oui! Cynthia Cidre, our showrunner, just said, “In episode eight, you find them in this room, and you’re gonna drop your coat and join in.” She said it super nonchalantly. “As a matter of fact, you’re gonna make out with Emma Bell, and then you’re gonna make out with Josh Henderson, and then you’re gonna make out with Emma, and then you’re gonna almost die.” I was like, “OK, sure. That makes sense.”
How did it compare to filming a boring old two-person sex scene?
It’s scary. A twosome is uncomfortable already because there are people around you, and cameras. It’s like a very fancy porn. But because Pamela is in charge of this situation, I had to just fucking go. The first take was a little bit like, “Oh shit, oh shit, this is happening.” But then afterward, it was like, “Fuck it; let’s do it.” You can find power and confidence in so many things, and I think confidence is the key. That’s what’s really sexy.
How do you like filming in Dallas?
It’s fun! Dallas is a huge city. Great shopping, great restaurants, great museums. But there’s way too much drinking for my taste. If I was living there in my 20s, I’d probably be like, “My God, this place is heaven!” I can’t handle drinking as much as I used to.
Well, when you do indulge, where do you go?
I really love this bar the Katy Trail Ice House, but I’ve seen some massive head cases there. I think I even saw someone projectile-puking there once. At five o’clock in the afternoon. On a Sunday.
That just shot to the top of our “things to do in Dallas” list.
Oh, man. They’re probably gonna kill me if you write that. “So Julie saw someone projectile-vomiting at the Ice House.” Great. Now I’ll never be invited back. But I really do love that place. They have 50 beers on tap!
You were born in Argentina, which boasts some of the world’s best beef. What’s your favorite way to cook steak?
I do a chimichurri sauce with garlic, parsley, olive oil, and red and black pepper. You just mince the garlic and the parsley and mix it all together. Brush a little of that on a steak and it kicks it up, like, 10 notches.
Did you enjoy learning how to shoot a gun for the show?
Yes! We went to the gun range, and we shot a ton. I was like, “Man, I’m a fucking killer now.” I don’t like guns at all, I don’t want them around me, but once you start shooting, you’re like, “This is awesome!” [Dallas costar] Jordana Brewster and I actually went skeet shooting once.
Who’s a better shot?
I’m not gonna lie: We’re both kind of awesome. She hit one first, and I was like, “Well, I have to hit it now.” And then as soon as I hit one, I was like, “And we’re done.”