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Interview with Kyra Sedgewick of
"The Closer" on TNT 6/17/10
Moderator: Carmen Davenporte-McNeal
June 17, 2010
12:30 pm. CT
Good day everyone and welcome to the conference call with Kyra Sedgwick.
Today's conference is being recorded.
At this time, I'd like to turn the conference over to Carmen Davenporte-McNeal.
Please go ahead, ma'am.
Carmen Davenporte-McNeal: Thank you. Good afternoon, thank you for
joining TNT's conference call with Kyra Sedgwick. "The Closer" season
six will premiere Monday, July 12, at 9:00 pm. Please enter your
questions for the queue.
Operator: If you would like to ask a question, please do so by pressing
the star key followed by the digit 1 on your touchtone telephone. We ask
that you please limit yourself to one question and please re-queue for a
follow-up to allow everyone an opportunity for questions. Again, please
press star 1 on your touchtone telephone to ask a question at this time.
Our first question today comes from Paulette Cohn of "ET Online."
Paulette Cohn: Good morning.
Kyra Sedgwick: Hi.
Paulette Cohn: So I was watching the new – the first episode of the new
season last night, and I just really got a chuckle out of it because it
was so art imitating life with the whole thing with the new building.
Kyra Sedgwick: Yes.
Paulette Cohn: In L.A., do you guys really have access, do you know if
the new police building is really having those problems or anything? Can
Kyra Sedgwick: Oh, absolutely. It's exactly what's happening in the new
police building. At least what the – what the cops are telling us. I
don't know if the you know higher-ups would say that, but the cops are
saying that you know they're having difficulty, that they're you know
running into obstacles. And so we feel like you know – we felt like we
wanted to – you know art imitate life.
And it's – and sometimes you know life is so great that you know it's so
perfect, you know so you know you can't beat it, so you just copy it.
And I think that you know there are all those interview rooms that used
to be very much like the interview room that we had on the show. And now
it's the two-way mirror and of course you know anybody walks into a
two-way mirror. I mean, they – you know they'll know that they're being
So, it's great. I think it was – it was fun for the writers to go in
there and talk to the real cops and get a sense of what they're
Operator: And our next question comes from Earl Dittman of "Wireless
Earl Dittman: Hi, good morning, how are you?
Kyra Sedgwick: I'm great. How are you?
Earl Dittman: Doing great. Well, and it must be quite an adjustment for
you, I imagine, too – the new digs, as they call it, new high-tech digs.
Kyra Sedgwick: Yes.
Earl Dittman: I guess – I guess the biggest question is, after – now,
you're in your sixth year. Did you ever imagine that you would be
playing Brenda for six years? And how has she evolved for you? And what
has she taught you as an actress?
Kyra Sedgwick: Well, honestly, I really feel that the great thing about
doing a character for this long is that – is that you know you – at this
point, she's sort of taken over. And I never really know what she's
going to do. And I kind of learn the lines and just go out there, and
you know Brenda kind of takes over. Sort of a strange "Invasion of the
Body Snatchers" kind of a thing.
I never could imagine what it's like to do a role for this long, because
I think it's a completely unique situation. I don't think that you know
anything other than television could ever sustain this kind of you know
– this kind of work as an actor. I mean, even if you're doing a play for
six years, you're still doing the same play. So it's always a new
And I think one of the great things about Brenda is that she actually
doesn't change. I think that things change around her. You know
characters come in that bring out something in her that we've not seen
before. And you know bring out – you know like you see in the first
episode, you know bring out things in her that you know we enjoy seeing.
But I think that you know seeing – for someone who's so utterly you know
self-aware about what makes other people tick, she's completely not a
self-aware person. So I don't think she has any interest in growing as a
– as a person. And I kind of – that's what I kind of like about here is
that she doesn't really change all that much.
Operator: And again, that's star 1 to signal for a question. And we'll
go next to Erik Meers of UInterview.com.
Erik Meers:: Hi, Kyra; thanks for taking time to talk to us. My first
question for you is, you have such great chemistry with Jon Tenney on
the show, and I was wondering if you have a – any experiences that
really stand out for you as being the famous – as being the most
memorable of working with him on the show.
Kyra Sedgwick: Gosh. I think one of – some of our best moments – well, I
mean, I love that scene after we got married, you know where she says to
him, you know, you know, "I love you with all my heart, but sometimes I
feel like my heart is only this big," and she you know points – like she
spreads her finger apart like just a little bit. Because I think that
she feels like you know so much of her life has been you know consumed
in darkness, that she doesn't have a very big heart, even though, of
course, we know better.
And then he actually says to her, you know, "I see all of you. I know
who you are. Do you think I don't – I don't know who I married?" And I
think that that was a beautiful moment for – you know for Fritz as well
as for Brenda. And that was sort of a moment of connection for them that
they don't always have.
Also, I think one of the very best scenes that they had, the two of them
– although we had a really great one coming up this season in like, I
think, episode three or something where they have an argument that goes
into every room in the house. And it's like a one-shot kind of thing
that's really going to be cool.
But there's that moment where he says to her, you know – there was just
this pinnacle moment, I think it was season four, maybe it was five,
where she does something really underhanded in her work that actually
undermines his work. And it's so clearly clear that you know she'll do
anything to close a case, even sacrifice relationships with the people
that she loves.
And I love that side of her personality, even though it's not always you
know the most likeable side of her personality. But he really – he just
says to her you know, "You have really just gone you know to the bottom
you know of you know of your character, and I'm really disappointed in
you." And he talks about you know getting to a meeting, "I have to get
to a meeting."
And it's just this moment of just you know – you know just the height
of, I think, their difficulties. I think it was season four, because it
was before they got married, and you know – but that is who she is. And
there must be something he loves about her.
But I love working with Jon. I think he's an extraordinary actor.
Operator: And we'll take a follow-up from Earl Dittman of "Wireless
Earl Dittman: Oh, great, thanks, I'm glad I get to talk you again. A
quick question, in the new season, you're in the new digs of course. So
are we going to be I guess going through the different parts of the new
building? Will it be, like Brenda, finding the new parts of the – of the
building and exploring and ...
Kyra Sedgwick: Yes.
Earl Dittman: ... Be surprised by the whole thing?
Kyra Sedgwick: Yes, yes, I mean I think that what the writers'
intentions were, when they knew that they you know were faced with this
new building idea, was that – was that she is, again, you know sort of
harkening back to season one, where she's a fish out of water on some
level, and that she's struggling against a very big obstacle, which is
Yes, and you know you'll learn stuff that you know – stuff like you know
what a pain in the ass it is to be – have to park you know three blocks
from where you work, and you know different rooms in the building that
she makes her own, because she can't stand the interview room, so she
makes you know all sorts of different rooms her interview rooms. And I
think that'll be fun to see, yes.
Operator: And we'll go next to Jim Halterman of JimHalterman.com.
Jim Halterman: Hi, Kyra; thanks for your time today.
Kyra Sedgwick: Thank you.
Jim Halterman: Is it important to you to have that kind of balance of
comedy and drama in the show, just as an actor? Because it gives you a
little bit more range to play?
Kyra Sedgwick: Very much so. I mean, I don't think I would have taken it
if it was you know all drama all the time. I – you know I think that
it's really important to have a sense of humor. And cops have a great
sense of humor, most of them. You know they just – they have to. They
have to have some levity in the darkens of what they do.
And also, you know I really wanted to show – I mean I really felt very
strongly that, if I were to do TV, that it had to be – you know that the
characters had to be accessible. And in order for someone to be
accessible, you have to you know have a certain sense of humor about
yourself. And also, you just don't want to see all – you know I wouldn't
want to play it, I wouldn't want to watch something that's all dark all
You know I had been – I had opportunities to do other you know dramas
that – you know and it always was very important to me to you know – to
have levity and both. And I love the fact that we can have you know the
darkest, most disturbing episode right up against you know an absolute
you know slapstick you know hands-down farcical slapstick, funny you
know physical comedy kind of you know episode. I just love that we –
that we – that we're facile enough to do that, that our audience is
facile enough to want to ride that roller coaster with us. I mean, I
just love that.
Operator: Next we'll go to Erik Meers: of UInterview.com.
Erik Meers:: Thanks. My next question is about your preparation for
different shows. Do you – you know I know you have an arc coming up with
a sniper. Do you – when these types of episodes come up, do you do any
particular type of research on those types of crimes, or those types of
criminals? Or do you try to talk to people to – what's your method with
Kyra Sedgwick: Yes, absolutely. I mean we have – we have a 25-year vet
of the LAPD who's on set with us all the time and who's always available
to talk about episodes. Because usually, the episodes are – they –
usually the genesis of them are from a crime or a story that he's told
in the writers' room or something that he's dealt with or he's – you
know a friend has dealt with on the job.
So it's always really helpful to go to them for background information.
I mean, whenever we deal with gang stuff, we always talk to him about
that. Whenever I deal with you know some of the – we had a couple of
Mexican you know coyote episodes about people you know entering the
country illegally and people that house them and then take them across
the – across state lines and you know what those people you know are
capable of doing and what's legal and what's illegal about what they do.
And you know I mean, I always can get really you know wonderful very
specific details about you know background stuff, research stuff, from
the horse's mouth, so to speak. And that's really, really helpful in you
know making something rich in detail and making smart choices as an
actor. It's just really helpful to be able to do research on the fly
Operator: And again, that's star 1 to signal. And we'll go next to
Paulette Cohn of "ET Online."
Paulette Cohn: I'm back. I wanted to find out, Kevin has directed a
previous season – episodes in previous seasons. Will he be back for this
season? And what is it like to work with him?
Kyra Sedgwick: He is not coming back this season. He's just too busy
with other things. But it's great to work with him. It's very easy. You
know his – I think his first episode in season two, you know I think I
was really nervous the first time he came on set, because I just wanted
everyone to know – to love him as much as I do in terms of a director
I just – you know I've worked with him several times as a director in
you know films that we've done together, and he's just really great with
actors, which is sort of a given. But he's also really great with story
and really great moving the camera around.
And I think that you know whenever a new director comes on set, there's
always this moment of like, OK, is this guy going to be cool, or is this
girl going to be – you know woman going to be good to work with? Am I
safe? And you know – and I really you know so wanted everyone to enjoy
the experience, as I knew they would. And of course they did.
And I think it's always great for people when he comes onto the set as a
director. You know, you know you're in really good hands. And for me,
it's very easy. It feels very natural. He's you know just really good at
it, and he's really kind and loving in his direction. And you know you
would think that it would be a sort of a difficult thing for us to
navigate, but it's always very, very simple and very right. It just
feels really right.
Operator: And next, we'll go back to Earl Dittman of "Wireless
Earl Dittman: Hi, Kyra. If – my information – I don't know if I got this
right, but the girl who plays your niece, was that your daughter?
Kyra Sedgwick: Yes.
Earl Dittman: What was it like working with your daughter? And how did
you feel about your daughter going into show – the family business, I
guess it is now? And will we see her again this season? Because she was
Kyra Sedgwick: Oh, thank you so much. She's not coming back this season.
She – you know she just graduated from college, and I think that – I
mean, sorry, from high school, and I think that she you know wants to
you know enjoy the summer and not work.
You know I feel like kind of hypocritical, because you know on the one
hand, I've always said to my kids, you know, "I really don't want you to
go into this business, and I think it's really hard, and it's
emotionally – you know can be really devastating, and you know it's sort
of a, on some levels, a kind of a you know self-centered business. And
you know I think you should do something else."
And the on the other hand, you know when it suits me, when – you know
when it feels good for me, or when – you know when I know someone – you
know when it serves me, I've you know said, "Oh, you know, Sosie, it'd
be really great for you to do this part."
But as far as "The Closer" is concerned, that was a different situation.
Because James Duff had seen her in a film that I produced, that Kevin
directed, that I starred in, called "Loverboy" in – I guess when she was
about 12, or maybe even 11. And she was really great in the film. And he
said to me you know, "I really want her to be on the show." And I said,
"Well, you know that's something you have to talk to her about. I'm not
And you know, and so you know 6 years – 5 years later, he said – he you
know said to me, "I really would like to write her a part on the show."
And again, I said you know, "You need to talk to her about it." And so
he did. And actually, he talked to her about it very, very early on. And
it took her several months to you know sort of decide that, yes, she
would in fact do it.
It was great to work with her. I think she's really talented. I don't
know that it's something that she wants to do, and on many levels, you
know I want my kids – I want my kids to be happy, and I don't know if
happy means being an actor. I think it's just a really hard life. So –
and I don't ever want them to get their feelings hurt. So really not
great things to – you know to expect if you're – if you're going into
this business. So we'll see. But it was really very satisfying working
Operator: And we'll go back to Paulette Cohn of "ET Online."
Paulette Cohn: Earlier, you said that Brenda was a character who doesn't
have any interest in growing as a person. But for – as a viewer watching
it, and watching her relationship with Fritz, which is one of my
favorite parts of it, he – I think he totally pushes her beyond her
boundaries, and she does make changes.
Kyra Sedgwick: Well, that's great – that's great. I mean I think that
sometimes I'm so in the character that I really can't be objective about
her. So I think that that's great that you see that as a – you know as a
viewer. I think what you see is certainly you know much more valid than
what I have to say about the character, honestly, because, as I said,
it's just really hard for me to be objective, I'm so – I'm so in her
that it's hard.
And I don't know that she would even think that – you know that she's –
that she's grown at all. But I certainly think that he pushes her out of
her comfort zone. I think that's for sure. I think simply by having any
kind of relationship at all is out of her comfort zone.
Carmen Davenporte-McNeal: Kyra, we appreciate your time. Thank you,
everyone, for participating in today's call, and don't forget to tune in
to season six premiere on Monday, July 12, at 9:00 pm. Thank you.
Kyra Sedgwick: Thanks so much, you guys. Take care.
Operator: And that does conclude today's conference with Kyra Sedgwick.
We appreciate everyone's participation today.
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