Adam B. Vary
January 26, 2012 AT 03:00 PM EST

Most fans of Carrie Preston know her best as the high-strung Arlene on HBO’s True Blood, or her recurring role as the brilliantly ditzy lawyer Elsbeth on CBS’ The Good Wife. But she was at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her work behind the camera, as the director of the distaff sex comedy That’s What She Said. It isn’t her directorial debut — that was the 2005 indie 29th and Gay — but it is her first time at Sundance as a filmmaker. So to commemorate the occasion, we took to the skies, riding a gondola at the Canyons Resort high above Park City, Utah. As I struggled to overcome my fear of heights, Preston gamely talked about her film, her hilariously harrowing trip to the annual Sundance directors brunch, and what to expect from both True Blood‘s Arlene (more Scott Foley!) and The Good Wife‘s Elsbeth (is Will’s grand jury case over?). Check out our interview below: 

BONUS VIDEO! The trailer for That’s What She Said:

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