Hugh Laurie said prop person once warned him about all the fake pills

Hugh Laurie of fan favorite House was on Ellen yesterday. He said in his cute British accent that his family is visiting from England and that they’re traveling back and forth more to see him. He claimed he’s not quite ready to move them over and repeated the sentiment he’s shared before that he doesn’t trust his success and is waiting a little longer to be sure. Ellen said it’s been four years, and he quipped that he would wait ten because he’s such a pessimist. Laurie said his first year working on House he lived in a hotel and didn’t even unpack his suitcase.

On finding his dad’s Olympic gold medal in a sock drawer
Hugh: “My father was a phenomenally… modest man and he never told me. I found it by accident when I was a teenager… rummaging in a sock drawer. I can’t imagine was I was looking for in a sock drawer beyond socks. His stash perhaps – his stash of socks. I found it and I thought what the hell was this… He won a gold medal… for rowing.”

Ellen: “Had you seen him row before?”

Hugh: “I had seen him row… I remembered being in a boat going fishing with my father and mother and he was maneuvering the boat away from the jetty. I was a little bit doubtful, I was about 10 and I said to my mother ‘does he know how to row?’

You would have thought that would be a pretty good moment to drop it into the conversation that he was a world champion, but no it didn’t come up for another 10 years… it’s a bit mad actually.”

Ellen: “He probably just by himself looked at it all the time”

Hugh: “I like to think that he had a moment. He communed with it now and then. He put it on and [gets embarassed] yeah, that didn’t make any sense.”

Ellen [laughs]: “I’d like to know where you’re going with that, but I’m frightened so I will not.”

Hugh said he rowed as a sport until his early 20s, but he didn’t like facing the wrong way and that he “wanted to face forwards in life.” He joked that it was poetic of him to say that.

On a prop person freaking out about all the fake pills he’s taking on House
Ellen asked him what he’s taking on the show when his character has pills “because you’re swallowing something constantly.”

Lauried quipped “I honestly don’t know. I think it’s something to stop me from complaining. They told me at the beginning it’s some sort of lactose or lactase… whatever the word is. Then one of the prop men said ‘Oh my God, you’re not just swallowing those are you?’ and I said ‘Yes I am. I’ve probably swallowed about 400 of them in the last 3 months.'”

Then Hugh said the prop guy backtracked and said “‘Nothing! Oh you’re fine.’

But I seem to be alright.”

Ellen: “You’re swallowing a lot of things…”

Hugh: “I am a swallower.” [audience cheers]

I tried to figure out if you can OD on lactase, and there’s not much about it online. I think the worst that could happen is you might lose your natural ability to make the enzyme yourself and have difficulty digesting milk products without it.

Hugh and Ellen challenge each other with slang
After the break they played a game where Hugh and Ellen challenged each other with slang from their respective countries. Ellen’s didn’t seem fair to me, because I’m an American and I had no clue what most of them meant. Her first term was “flossing” and Hugh guessed “something close fitting?”

She said it means showing off, which is news to me.

Hugh’s first word was “Chin wag.” Ellen said “a blundering idiot,” but Hugh said it’s a verb which means “literally, to chat.”

Then Ellen’s word was “ba-donka-donk,” which again I’ve never heard of. She said “it’s an extremely curvaceous female behind.” Hugh said “We definitely don’t have those in England… that’s a fantastic word.”

Hugh’s last phrase was “Chuffed to bits,” which Ellen thought mean “exhausted” but really means “pleased” and Hugh joked “I would be chuffed to bits by your ba-donka-donk.”

Ellen’s final word was “shawty,” which she tried to explain by signing lines of songs. Hugh had no idea and she said it’s a “young kid or a woman.” I thought that was “shorty.”

I love Hugh Laurie and it’s great to see him interviewed and hear that he’s able to see his family more. He was having a hard time for a while being apart from them and it sounds like things are going well for him now. He’s a very down to earth charming guy and an incredible actor. He definitely deserves all his success and more.

Here are the links to the videos, but I’m sorry to say the sound is not syncing right for me. I tried to clip this myself but it was painfully slow and there may be problems with the service.

Hugh Laurie on Ellen, 5/12/08, Part 1
Hugh Laurie on Ellen, 5/12/08, Part 2

Hugh Laurie is shown at the PRISM Awards on 4/24/08, thanks to PRPhotos.

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  1. Jessica says:

    I love House!! House rocks!!

  2. h says:

    I heart this man. Frey and Laurie is one of my favorite TV shows (uh, I watched the DVD, not old enough to watch it when broadcast on TV.)

    I am so glad that he became a big TV star in America. A good actor will never be ignored!

  3. bc says:

    ooooh, i LOVE him!!!!

  4. Jody says:

    I’ve never heard of “flossing”, but the others are fairly common. Ba-donka-donk was on a pretty recent commercial as well as featured in many songs, and Shawty is just a more slang version of shorty.
    I find myself quite disappointed by this unintelligible jargon, and the fact that the English language, written and spoken, is evolving into a form of gibberish.

    That being the case, I will say that ba-donka-donk is pretty damn hilarious.

  5. Celebitchy says:

    Jody I should mention I have lived overseas for about 2 and a half years so I get the pop culture online and don’t have as much exposure to commercials and TV.

  6. just me says:

    ellen was right on all the slang. flossin’ is going out of style right now, but it’s mostly used by crunk rappers

  7. Sasha says:

    Knowing he’s the fop Prince George on Blackadder Season 3, I can’t take Hugh Laurie seriously as an actor. so in that spirit I present:

    The Dr. House Drinking Game

    * When Gregory House pops a Vicodin, take a drink.
    * If he goes the entire episode without popping a Vicodin, take two .
    * When someone has a seizure, take a drink.
    * When someone goes into cardiac arrest, take a drink.
    * When a patient bleeds profusely, take a drink.
    * When a patient spews fluid from a body orifice, take a drink.
    * When a patient spews blood from a body orifice, take two drinks.
    * When a patient doubts House’s diagnosis, take a drink.
    * When House’s team disagrees with his diagnosis, take a drink for each member of the team.
    * When Cuddy countermands House’s orders, take a drink.
    * When House acts against Cuddy or hospital rules, take a drink.
    * When House insults one of his clinic patients, take a drink.
    * When House talks down to one of the hospital staff, take a drink.
    * When House or his team illegally searches someone’s home, take a drink.
    * When House and his team performs any medical procedure against the patient’s wishes, take a drink.
    * Whenever you find out a patient is fibbing on his medical history, take a drink.
    * Whenever House lies in a patient report, take a drink.
    * Then, when House tells a patient he’ll die unless he cooperates, take a drink.
    * Every time there is sexual tension between two characters, take a drink for every doctor involved. (Borrowed from the Grey’s Anatomy drinking game.)
    * Every time House makes an inappropriate sexual comment to Cuddy or Cameron, take a drink.
    * Every time House makes an insensitive racial remark to Foreman, take a drink.
    * Every time House makes fun of Aussies to Chase, take a drink. (Hey, we can’t leave him out!)
    * Whenever someone makes a current-event or pop-culture reference, take a drink. (Borrowed from the Gilmore Girls drinking game.)
    * Every time someone has mommy or daddy issues, take a drink.
    * Every time it’s not lupus, take a drink.
    * If they think it might be cancer, take a drink.
    * If they have to choose which tests to do, because they’re out of time or there’s some other restraint, take a drink.
    * If they perform every test they can think of on a diagnostic fishing expedition, no matter the cost, take a drink.

  8. ER says:

    I love House and find Hugh Laurie incredibly sexy, especially when he drops his American accent and uses his native British…..yum!

  9. Hoop says:

    I know what your talking about,but I think of him more as the Lt in Blackadder goes forth.

  10. ak says:

    He’ll always be Bertie Wooster to me.

  11. Sasha says:


    With a ying, and a yang, and a yippity-doo !!

  12. headache says:

    Here we like to floss, all my diamonds gloss

  13. mollination says:

    Sasha you must take him seriously enough to watch the show.Or else, how would you know those things happen so frequently?

    CB: Don’t worry about the slang. All the ones ellen picked are already on the way out, if not already gone. Ba-donk-a-donk is like the equivalent of saying “jiggy with it”, it’s looooooooooooong gone!

  14. anonymous says:

    I thought shawty was when something is sh!tty…like “they did a shawty job repairing your car.”

    Anyways, in California that is how I have heard it used…unless they can’t articulate shorty?

    And I thought it was flossy…not flossing…that is too proper for a term used by the fergmonster.

  15. Anon says:

    Anonymous, the word you’re thinking of is “shoddy”. 🙂

  16. elisa says:

    They’re all terms from rap songs…”flossin'” is like showing off your car for example, “ba donka donk donk” is from a Missy Elliott’s Work It song:

    and “shawty” is like a crunk version of shorty. See Lil Wayne’s Lollipop for an example:

    I guess Ellen (and I!) listen to a lot of rap & r&b music…

  17. headache says:

    Badonkadonk went out when it landed in the title of a country music song. Honky tonk badonkadonk my ass.

    Flossy would be the adjective and flossing the verb. Or something. LOL

  18. Mardi says:

    You write a celebrity blog and seriously have never heard the word badonkadonk? You MUST be joking. Honestly. This word has been in the common lexicon – at least youth lexicon – for at least 2 years now. Yeesh.

  19. fgh says:

    Missy Elliot…”my ba-donka-donk-donk-donk.”