After seven seasons as LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on TNT’s “The Closer,” Kyra Sedgwick wanted a break from the rigors of a TV series.
“I also thought it’d be great for everyone to have a break from seeing my mug – and to find the next right thing for me on television,” quips the Emmy Award-winning actress.
That has turned out to be ABC’s new mystery “Ten Days in the Valley.” She stars as Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a difficult separation.
When her young daughter goes missing from her house in the middle of the night, Jane is suddenly under the microscope as she and authorities try to locate her child.
“I love the character’s complexity,” says Sedgwick, who has had a long career in Hollywood. “I think what’s real about her is that she knows how heavily judged she’s going to be in the world, yet she just can’t help herself from acting in a way that may not seem appropriate.”
Jane is an award-winning filmmaker who made a documentary about corruption in the police department, which she’s turning into a TV series. Now she must rely on those who dislike her, and she’s afraid that their investigation will uncover her own weaknesses, like her use of cocaine.
Meanwhile, as a producer, Jane is under pressure – more so because she’s a woman – to keep the show on schedule.
“I definitely think what we’re trying to toy with and talk about on this show is the archetypal guilt that women have from the minute they give birth,” says Sedgwick, who has been married to Kevin Bacon for 28 years and has two grown children.
“Some of it is biological that somehow tells you that every moment spent not with your child is a reason to loathe yourself, and some of it is society who is happy to tell you those things as well.”
The actress says it’s nice to be acting and “not feel guilty about not being home.” Her daughter, Sosie Bacon, is an actress on Netflix’s…