ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jennifer Bean, an Albuquerque veteran court reporter, helped open the recent premiere of AMC-TV’s “Better Call Saul,” portraying a role she does best: being a court reporter.
“I wanted to be part of this, but I was worried about how I would be portrayed. It had to be ethical. I couldn’t play a sleezeball court reporter and then have my (real-life) judge see that and wonder what I was doing in that show,” says Bean, 60, a New Mexico certified court reporter since 1977 and owner of Bean & Associates Inc., a professional court reporting service.
Bean helped nail her role by providing her own prop, an authentic steno machine, circa the early 2000s, the time period of the AMC-TV series. “Better Call Saul” is a prequel to the popular and award-winning “Breaking Bad,” which was also set in Albuquerque.
For their part, executive producers and co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould say Bean worked out well for the 10-minute segment in the first episode, “Uno.”