There are moments in television history that define the medium. "The Closer" and its arrival is one of them and largely because of Kyra Sedgwick and her career defining role of Brenda Leigh Johnson.
She is part of a welcomed trend in the entertainment business: actresses finding outstanding material regardless of their age. "We go where the good work is," Sedgwick said during a break in filming of "The Closer."
"It's been great to be part of that revolution, these moments for good actresses."
Closing the dealThe actress landed on TNT as "The Closer" in 2005, a role that many an actress would treasure and Sedgwick is keenly aware of her blessings. "She's not self aware. She's not aware of why she ticks, of how she ticks. She's incredibly intuitive about other people but not herself," Sedgwick said of Brenda's challenging yet compelling traits.
Brenda is the LAPD Deputy Chief and there is no one on the force who 'closes' an interrogation room as effectively as her.
A few season secretsSedgwick tells SheKnows about the upcoming season and Brenda's relationship with FBI Agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney).
"She has to once again be confronted with her personal issues in her relationship and whether or not they're going to get married and actually leap to having kids. It's complicated because her first commitment is to her job. That is the thing she loves, it is always her first choice. It is not Fritz," Sedgwick said.
"I think he's someone who is emotionally on an emotional journey that she is not really as interested in taking. I think it's interesting to watch that dynamic whereas he is very insightful and has a lot of self knowledge, she does not."
In a sea of entertainment moments that are male dominated, for Sedgwick, Brenda's love life is refreshing. "I think it's been great and really fun to play a woman who is almost in the male role," she sad.
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As the years, awards, viewers and success follows each season, Sedgwick has no nerves as another season premiere arrives. As performer and as the show's producer, she credits "The Closer" audience with intellect that allows them to push the envelope.
As an actress, "The Closer" has produced unforeseen growth for her scholastically. "I feel like I learn something every time I do a job. But what's been exciting about 'The Closer' is sticking with a character that's strong, and getting to go deeper and deeper and deeper into this person," Sedgwick said. "I've learned as an actor to try to mix things up. To let myself shake things up when I feel I haven't culled everything out of a scene. I try to surprise myself."
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