Kyra Sedgwick talks 'The Closer' end, Kevin Bacon's TV return
As Kyra Sedgwick prepares for the end of the TNT drama "The Closer," she says she is excited to "reciprocate" the love and support that was given to her throughout her journey by her husband Kevin Bacon, who is set to make his own big TV comeback.
After a more than five-month hiatus, "The Closer" will resume its seventh and final season on Monday, July 9. The first out of the six remaining episodes will air at 9 p.m. ET.
Sedgwick, 46, won an Emmy in 2010 for her portrayal of top cop Brenda Leigh Johnson in the TNT crime drama after being nominated four times beforehand. The cable network announced later that year that Sedgwick had decided to leave the show, effectively bringing it to an end.
"I think that he has, yes, been supportive in all my decisions around it," the actress told OnTheRedCarpet.com about Bacon, 54. "He was the one that told me to do it in the first place and he was the one, when I was sort of feeling so terrible about the idea of ending it because I felt so responsible for everybody, the cast and the crew and everything - he was the one who ... helped guide me to my decision."
"I'm always supportive of him but I'm excited to be around for him when he's doing these six months, 'cause he's about to start a series, and I just know how all-consuming it is to do that," Sedgwick said. "So I'm really excited to reciprocate a little bit of that love and support."
Bacon stars in the new FOX drama "The Following," which is set to debut in 2013. He plays an ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy who comes out of retirement to try and find a serial killer. "The Following" is the brainchild of "Dawson's Creek" and "Vampire Diaries" creator Kevin Williamson and marks Bacon 's first regular TV gig since he played T. J. "Tim" Werner in "Guiding Light" some 30 years ago.
"The Closer" debuted in 2005 and marked Sedgwick's biggest TV role. She also had a recurring part on the CBS comedy "Queens Supreme" between 2003 and 2007. SHe said it took her about a year to make the "really hard decision" to leave "The Closer."
"I wanted to make sure we left on a high note," she said. "I wanted to make sure we left when people still wanted us around and when people still thought well of Brenda. I would hate for her to become that clawing, strange aunt that you have, that won't go away and starts hanging around too long."
"I won't miss her verbose nature," Sedgwick added about her character. "There was a lot of lines to learn and she never stopped talking. So that part, I won't miss. But there's so many things to miss, for sure."
Bacon and Sedgwick married in 1988 and have starred together in several films, such as "The Woodsman" and "Loverboy." They are parents to son Travis, 23, and daughter Sosie, 20. In 2009, Bacon and Sedgwick suffered massive financial losses as a result of Bernie Madoff's $50 billion Ponzi scheme, the biggest investment fraud case in U.S. history.
"So you have a moment where you go, 'Holy (expletive), that was many, many years of work just went away in a poof of smoke,'" Bacon said in an interview on Howard Stern's Sirius XM satellite radio show in May 2011. "And then you go, 'Hang on, we're okay. We're looking at each other, we got a nice apartment, our kids are healthy. There's other people who had it a lot worse. We can both work.'"
"Thank God for that show," he said about "The Closer." "Thank. God. Without that, it was just me trying to pull us back, it would've been tough. You got there once, you can get there again. That's how I feel."
TNT is developing a spin-off show called "Major Crimes," starring actress Mary McDonnell, who plays Sharon Raydor on "The Closer." The cable network has not yet revealed the rest of the cast.
Sedgwick has several new projects on the horizon - a horror movie called "The Possession," which hits theaters on August 31, the family dramedy "Chlorine" and a 2013 film called "Kill Your Darlings," which is about a 1944 murder that brings together famous poets of the beat generation - Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, played by Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Huston and Ben Foster.
In the latter movie, Sedgwick plays "Kiss Me Deadly" actress Marian Carr. "Kill Your Darlings" also stars "Dexter" actor Michael C. Hall and Elizabeth Olsen.
"That was so wonderful," Sedgwick told reporters about making the film. "I love working with the young folk."
"I'm looking to do more film," she said. "I'm interested in some theater, if that comes along. I wouldn't say I'm walking away from TV forever but just from this, for right now. I'm like a work horse. I wouldn't say I'm a workaholic but I really do like to work. That's how I express myself and so I miss it when I don't get to do it, I start to get not very fun to be around, let's put it that way."Additional reporting by Jacob Burch, producer for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).