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ReCap: Kyle MacLachlan chats with “Portlandia” fans on IFC SYNC

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On “Portlandia,” Kyle MacLachlan plays the energetic and affable Mayor, who tasks Fred and Carrie with missions to better the community and sometimes takes off on his own creative endeavors. Above all, the Mayor is cool, hip and open with the public. Last Friday night, “Portlandia” fans got to find out that in the case of Kyle MacLachlan and his character, fantasy isn’t too far from reality.

Joining IFC’s weekly live chat during the premiere of the episode “No Olympics,” MacLachlan talked with fans about his passion for Portland, his experience working on the show, “Twin Peaks,” “Dune” and pretty much everything else the crowd asked him. For those who couldn’t participate, the questions the fans asked and Kyle’s replies are posted below. Be sure to catch the Season Two finale of “Portlandia” this Friday at 10/9c, when the Mayor embarks on his greatest adventure yet in “Brunch Village.”


As a native of Portland, I’m always curious to know what others think of my home town. Your thoughts?

Kyle MacLachlan: Love it! I’m from Yakima and my grandparents lived across the water in Vancouver. We visited a lot when we were kids. Loved the moss, didn’t really dig the paper mill.

Love you on the show. How did you come to be on “Portlandia”?

Kyle MacLachlan: The mad team of Fred, Carrie and Jon made me an offer I couldn’t refuse!

Are you as positive as your character in person?

Kyle MacLachlan: Pretty much.

Kyle, what’s your favorite kind of donut? Are you a cinnamon man?

Kyle MacLachlan: Always liked a maple bar.

Do you and David Lynch still talk?

Kyle MacLachlan: Frequently. And drink coffee.

You have a great singing voice, do you have any experience singing?

Kyle MacLachlan: You are too kind…I did study in college. As you could tell that was a looooooong time ago.

What characteristics do you and Mr. Mayor share?

Kyle MacLachlan: We’re both positive to the point of nausea :-)

Kyle, what is it about the Pacific Northwest you find so inspiring?

Kyle MacLachlan: I love the friendly people.

When are we going to see some Mayor action figures with detachable Mayor-Capes?

Kyle MacLachlan: I’m on it!

Mayor, may I put a bird on you?

Kyle MacLachlan: Already got one, thanks!

Have you started shooting your new movie with Drake Doremus yet? “Like Crazy” was great!

Kyle MacLachlan: I love Drake! I worked on it last year. He’s a really cool and talented guy.

What is your favorite section of Powell’s Books?

Kyle MacLachlan: The top.

If you ever became a pro wrestler, would Kyle “The Mayor” MacLachlan be your name?

Kyle MacLachlan: That would be awfully long…maybe MacAttack!

What’s your favorite Beatles album?

Kyle MacLachlan: White or Pepper.

Did Josie ever escape from the drawer knob?

Kyle MacLachlan: Gosh I hope so!

Carrie Brownstein or Carrie Bradshaw?

Kyle MacLachlan: How about just “Carrie” ?

Do you miss eating at Miners?

Kyle MacLachlan: I always stop by when I head down to Walla Walla…that’s a two hour meal!

Got any tips on how to strengthen my core?

Kyle MacLachlan: Eat more apples..?

Will we ever see you at the Twin Peaks Festival? Sheryl and Ray were there last year. It would cause many heart attacks.

It would be fun to come up. I’ll bring my paddles.

What do you do for exercise?

Kyle MacLachlan: Golf.

Mr. Mayor… Smiths fan?

Kyle MacLachlan: Meat is Murder.

Should they remake “Dune”?

Kyle MacLachlan: Who would play Sting’s part?!

I moved to the east coast and get my best friend to mail me Tillamook cheese…Do you love Tillamook cheese?

Kyle MacLachlan: My first ever visit to a cheese factory was in Tillamook Washington…yes, I am that nerdy.

I’m originally from Yakima as well :) Do you still have family in the area?

Kyle MacLachlan: My Stepmom. I lost my Dad last May.

Let me guess, you own an iPhone.

Kyle MacLachlan: BB.

What inspired you to get into the wine business?

Kyle MacLachlan: Lots of falling down.

Paper or plastic?

Kyle MacLachlan: Naugahyde.

Did the real mayor of Portland give you any inside tips?

Kyle MacLachlan: Keep a red ball handy at all times.

Have you kept in touch with any of your fellow “Twin Peaks” natives?

Kyle MacLachlan: Not really, sadly. Just David Lynch.

Do you enjoy working with the real mayor of Portland? He seems to be having fun.

Kyle MacLachlan: Very much, and he’s a good sport.

As Mayor of Portland, did you know the ear from “Blue Velvet” is housed at Movie Madness on Belmont in SE?

Kyle MacLachlan: Of course! …..it is?

Who is your favorite sports team?

Kyle MacLachlan: Seahawks. I like football.

Do you now own a wardrobe of capes?

Kyle MacLachlan: In fact…no. But I did dress up as Dracula for Halloween when I was 8 or 9. Capes become very important for boys between 5 and 9.

What are your real feelings about the Olympics?

Kyle MacLachlan: I’m an Olympic junkie! Love them!

What drew you to this show? You play the mayor so well!

Kyle MacLachlan: I was asked to join by Fred and Carrie. How could I say no with the chance to work with such talented people.

What kind of beer do you like?

Kyle MacLachlan: All kinds! I remember drinking Lucky Lager when I was in Yakima, and Rainier and Olympia. The Northwest has come a long way from those days! I did love the stubby bottle though…

What is the link between “Twin Peaks” and “Portlandia” (Seattle/Portland)? It’s ironic because Dale Cooper loved Seattle.

Kyle MacLachlan: The spice.

Would you ever consider being a mayor? If so, where and why?

Kyle MacLachlan: Not my ‘cup of joe’…so to speak.

Do you take your coffee black?

Kyle MacLachlan: As midnight on a moonless night? No…I fortify it 😉

What’s your favorite band?

Kyle MacLachlan: Hmmm. My first album was The Doobie Brothers…”Captain and Me.” You always remember your first!

Mayor, do you have a lava lamp? If so what color?

Kyle MacLachlan: Never had one. Might brighten up the office though. Good suggestion!

What is your favorite shooting location in Portland?

Kyle MacLachlan: City Hall is pretty cool. Love the building.

Will we ever see the Mayor in Women and Women First Bookstore?

Kyle MacLachlan: I hope so!

How many of your lines are improv?

Kyle MacLachlan: All of ’em!

What would be your first mayoral decree?

Kyle MacLachlan: Less rain.

Do you plan on doing anymore work with David Lynch in the future?

Kyle MacLachlan: Nothing planned at the moment. Now we just drink coffee.

Kyle, how soon before you have to solve a murder mystery on Portlandia? The world needs more Coop.

Kyle MacLachlan: I’ll check with the director, see if he has any ideas…something under a bridge maybe?

Mr Mayor, Is there a back up plan in the event the tattoo ink does indeed run dry?

Kyle MacLachlan: Not yet…let me get Sam on that straight away.

Which has been more fun, “Twin Peaks” or “Portlandia”?

Kyle MacLachlan: Hmm…good question. There was a mystery to Cooper that I really enjoyed along with his quirky enthusiasm(which the Mayor shares I think!). Maybe the Mayor is Cooper in disguise!

Were you ever offered a role on ‘The X-Files’?

Kyle MacLachlan: Never asked to be on the show. Loved it, though!

Any chance we’ll be seeing a Portland-themed reggae album from The Mayor in the future?

Kyle MacLachlan: Need to get into the studio with Fred!

Favorite Reggae band?

Kyle MacLachlan: Bob Marley & the Wailers.

What is the best part, as an actor, of working on “Portlandia”?

Kyle MacLachlan: Six words…Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jon Krisel!

What questions do you have for the people behind “Portlandia”? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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