Brenda Strong is no stranger to family drama. After all, she was the voice of ABC’s Desperate Housewives for eight seasons. It takes a lot to outshine Wisteria Lane, but Dallas fits the bill.
Brenda Strong currently plays Ann, the new wife of Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) on TNT’s Dallas. Last week, the network kickstarted its second season, delving further into Ann’s mysterious past.
Viewers learned that she’d been deceived about her daughter’s disappearance. For over 20 years, Ann was under the impression the child was kidnapped.
It turns out, she was abducted by her own family. Bobby discovered that Ann’s ex-husband, Harris (Mitch Pileggi), and his devious mother, Judith (Judith Light), took the girl and raised her overseas.
In a Q&A with TV Fanatic, Strong revealed that there’s no love lost between Ann and her former mother-in-law.
“It’s very safe to say they don’t get along. In fact, talk about female rivalry — they are very much at odds,” Strong explained. “One of the main reasons why Ann has such a tortured past was because of this woman.”
It sounds like Judith has some Mommie Dearest tendencies. With a mother like that, no wonder Harris turned out the way he did. Strong hints that we’ll find out more about his background, which isn’t all sunshine and roses.
“What’s great is as you get to know more about his past and his relationship to his own mother and his relationship to me and, at some point, believe it or not, and I know this is going to be hard to believe, you may actually feel sorry for him.”
Sympathy for Harris? That’s something we’d like to see. So far, he’s been in a thorn in our side.
Dallas airs Mondays at 9/8c on TNT.