Amanda Peet on NBC's 'Bent,' sexual tension, playing 'Type-A' mom (Video)
Amanda Peet is returning to television with a new NBC comedy series called "Bent," which sees her playing a single, divorced mother and high-strung lawyer who spars with her hunky contractor.
The 40-year-old actress is known for her past roles on shows such as "Jack & Jill" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and also starred in an episode of the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" in 2010. She has appeared in films as well and co-starred with John Cusack in "Identity" and "2012."
"Bent" premieres on Wednesday, March 21, with two episodes. Peet's character, Alex, deals with her new life as a single mother after her husband is sent to prison. She hires a handsome contractor, Pete, to renovate her kitchen. He is touted as a "surfer dude" and "bad boy."
"I'd say I'm very Type-A and my contractor is very much not that way, so it's very much like an 'opposites attract' scenario," Peet said in an interview with NBC. "The sexual tension level, I'd say, is high although they have quite a contentious relationship in the beginning."
The character, played by David Walton of "Burlesque" and "Perfect Couples" fame, is a recovering gambling addict who is very smooth with the ladies, especially the nanny of Alex's daughter.
The girl is played by Joey King. The 12-year-old actress previously starred in films such as "Crazy Stupid Love" and plays a young Talia Al Ghul in the new Batman movie "the Dark Knight Rises."
"Bent" also stars Margo Harshman as Alex's sister, Screwsie, and Jeffrey Tambor as Pete's father, Walt, who is a struggling actor.
Peet has been married to David Benioff, a screenwriter since September 2006. He co-created the HBO show "Game of Thrones" and wrote scripts for movies such as "Troy" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." He and Peet have two daughters - Frances, 5, and Molly, who will turn 2 in April.
When asked if she is uptight herself, Peet told CNN: "Yes. Probably. My husband would say yes. I try to be really hippie about things. I'm uptight in all the ways that are really important, but the things my husband and family can benefit from my uptightness, I'm completely lacking."
"I don't clean," she added. "I don't make the bed. I spend my salary. I worry a lot. I just don't worry about socks on the floor. Plane flights, my children's well being, my sanity."
"Bent" is set to air on NBC during the next two weeks for one-hour blocks during the network's spring schedule, which also includes the hidden camera series "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" and the sitcom "Best Friends Forever."
Peet also played another woman with a Type-A personality in the 2001 comedy "Saving Silverman." She portrayed a mean-spirited girlfriend of Jason Biggs' character. The actor is making his own comeback with "American Reunion," the fourth big-screen installment in the hit comedy series, which is set for release on April 6. (Check out photos from the premiere, which features a very pregnant Alyson Hannigan.)