The Grey's Interview
Grey's Anatomy welcomes an acting icon tonight. Emmy-winner Tyne Daly tells us all about her Grey's casting as Patrick Dempsey's McDreamy Mom.
Daly portrays Carolyn, Derek Shepherd's (Patrick Dempsey) mother on the January 15 episode of Grey's Anatomy. We think that Daly is sure to return throughout the Grey's Anatomy run. But, first things first, Daly needs to dish on the latest Grey's gossip.
When it comes to her casting on Grey's -- as she is a television veteran -- she knows to keep plot details non existent when talking to the press.
Tyne Daly: Hello Joel, Happy New Year.
Tyne Daly: It has been a long, long time since I did a guest shot. Everyone on Grey's Anatomy was suffering from fifth-season-itis (laughs). It is a kind of particular disease of series television. Since I've done both five and six seasons on both Cagney and Lacey and Judging Amy, I got it right off the bat. They were lovely to me, totally lovely. But, everyone's feeling kind of antsy. Actors are weird. They love having regular jobs and they don't love having regular jobs (laughs). It's a Gemini deal.
The Tony winnerSheKnows: I wanted to ask you about your work in the theater. You've got so much experience performing live, how do you think that professional mettle has contributed to you as an actress?
Tyne Daly: The theater is about words and I love words. The movies are about pictures – moving pictures. So, because I'm more verbal than decorative, I do lots of theater. This summer was a particularly wonderful experience because I went back to the ancients. We did Agamemnon here in Los Angeles and my daughter played my daughter (laughs).
SheKnows: That must have been wonderful.
Tyne Daly: We've worked together before, but it was fascinating and fun. It was just thrilling. The theater is the foundation.
Columbo's kissSheKnows: I've seen you on Broadway and have treasured those moments, also you've had quite a career on television including the hit Judging Amy. Now looking back, is there one memory from your TV work that pops in your mind above all others?
Tyne Daly: (laughs) I'll tell you. One year, I did a one day job with Peter Falk (Columbo) playing a little B-girl. Falk and I have a mutual admiration society. I'd done another Columbo before that. It was just a treasure of a day. It was all day, me and Peter -- one on one. I actually am the only character that Columbo ever kissed. He couldn't resist me (laughs).
Powerful female TV
SheKnows: Lastly, I was introduced to you and compelling female characters by my mother watching you on Cagney and Lacey and wondered what you felt about the current crop of strong female detectives. From Kyra Sedgwick on The Closer, Glenn Close on Damages and Holly Hunter's Saving Grace, popular culture seems bowled over suddenly by the policewoman. Hello? Cagney and Lacey! When you see that come back at you, what does that feel like?