Following a very successful summer launch, A&E has just opted to renew their original crime/mystery drama Longmire for a second season.
Based on a series of novels by author Craig Johnson, Longmire is a modern day set drama with western overtones. The style is a bit reminiscent of current FX drama Justified, but Longmire quickly carves out its own path through the TV wilderness.
The plot follows Sheriff Walt Longmire, head lawman of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Walt’s wife recently passed away, and he’s returning to work as the series begins. His daughter Cady, deputy Vic, and best friend Henry all offer support to Longmire as he attempts to solve a series of major crimes happening in his jurisdiction. Fighting crime isn’t Longmire’s only worry though, as he must prepare for an upcoming election against Branch, a challenging young opponent who desperately wants Walt’s job.
Featuring stars Robert Taylor (in the title role), Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff, and Lou Diamond Phillips, Longmire has quickly ascended to the crown of top rated scripted series on A&E. Granted, A&E really doesn’t have that many scripted series, but it’s still an accomplishment. There are still six more episodes left to air in Longmire’s ten episode debut season, and look for the second season to begin airing next summer. The number of episodes ordered for season two has yet to be announced.
Longmire is sticking around.
A&E’s modern-day Western, starring Robert Taylor, has been renewed for a second season, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Deadline.com first reported the news. The series debuted earlier this month to 4.1 million viewers to become the cable network’s most-watched original series premiere ever. The series has since averaged 3.9 million viewers.
Longmire is about a recently widowed sheriff (Taylor) and his deputy, Victoria Moretti (Katee Sackhoff), as they navigate the varying degree of crimes — from the most mundane (shooting sheep) to the most gruesome (sex trafficking) — in a small town in Wyoming. Cassidy Freeman, Bailey Chase and Lou Diamond Phillips also star.
Longmire airs Sundays at 10/9c on A&E.
Anger Management (FX)
Premieres: Thursday, June 28 at 10/9c
He’s baaack! Charlie Sheen returns to TV as ex baseball player Charlie (can he ever play someone not named Charlie?) who overcomes his own anger issues to become an anger management therapist himself. (Do his methods involve tiger blood?) The series is based on the Jack Nicholson-Adam Sandler flick of the same name and also stars Selma Blair (as his therapist and possible love interest), Shawnee Smith (as his ex-wife) and fellow Chuck Lorre antagonist Brett Butler (as a bartender). Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards — never one to turn down a chance to appear on one of his shows (see: Spin City, Two and a Half Men) — will guest-star as a business partner of Smith’s character. And if the test audience is any indication, Sheen may be winning once again.
Around the World in 80 Plates (Bravo)
Premieres: Wednesday, May 9 at 10/9c
If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if The Amazing Race and Top Chef had a baby, this would be the answer. Hosted by Curtis Stone and Cat Cora, the culinary competition series features 12 chefs traveling across 10 countries in 44 days to whip up local cuisines. Seeing as The Amazing Race and Top Chef are the only shows to ever win the reality-competition series Emmy Award, perhaps we ought to keep a close eye on this one.
Baby Daddy (ABC Family)
Premieres: Wednesday, June 20 at 8:30/7:30c
Think Raising Hope meets Three Men and a Baby. Twentysomething Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeu) becomes a surprise dad to a baby girl when she’s left on his doorstep by a former gal pal. He decides to raise the baby with his motley crew of helpers: mom Bonnie (Melissa Peterman), his brother Danny (Derek Theler), his best buddy Tucker (Tahj Mowry) and his pal, Riley (Chelsea Kane), who has a secret crush on him. And no, the baby news does not diminish her feelings.
Beverly Hills Nannies (ABC Family)
Premieres: Wednesday, July 11 at 9/8c
Yep, it’s another reality series in the most famous zip code in the world. This one is, as the title suggests, about nannies who work for well-off families in town. Unsurprisingly, the show comes from the producers of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Real Housewives of Orange County. Can you say “crossover”?
Breaking Pointe (CW)
Premieres: Thursday, May 31 at 8/7c
Sadly, this is not a Grosse Pointe sequel. This reality series, from the producers of Big Brother and Dancing with the Stars, goes behind the scenes of the uber-competitive Ballet West company in Salt Lake City. If it’s anything like Black Swan, we’re there!
Bunheads (ABC Family)
Premieres: Monday, June 11 at 9/8c
Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster makes her TV debut as a disgruntled Las Vegas showgirl who impulsively marries a man and moves to his small hometown, where she becomes a ballet teacher at her mother-in-law’s dance school. Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is the mastermind behind this, so expect lots of rapid-fire wisecracks. So you think you can dance, Breaking Pointe? We can speak fast!
The Catalina (CW)
Premieres: Tuesday, May 29 at 8/7c
Snooki & Co. may be back on the Jersey Shore, but that doesn’t mean reality TV is done with South Beach. This docu-series follows the young staff at The Catalina hotel in Miami who work by day and party as hard as you’d expect them to by night. As long as they don’t have their own “GTL” slogan, we’ll be good.
The Choice (Fox)
Premieres: Thursday, June 7 at 8/7c
The Dating Game meets The Voice — spinning chairs and all! (no word on Purrfect the Cat yet, though) — in Fox’s new celebrity dating series. Four single celebs will sit in rotating chairs in front of a live studio audience, with their backs to a bunch of singles. The contestants can describe their life, their interests and their turn-ons — but the celebrities can only rely on their voice and their answers before spinning around. The star bachelors and bachelorettes include Joe Jonas, Tyson Beckford, Dean Cain, Jersey Shore‘s Pauly D and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Rob Kardashian and chef Rocco DiSpirito, Carmen Electra and Playboy Playmate of the Year Hope Dworaczyk. We just hope someone will recite Meredith Grey’s “choose me” speech.
Common Law (USA)
Premieres: Friday, May 11 at 10/9c
USA already has a football player seeing a therapist, so why not cops too? Odd couple detective partners Travis (Michael Ealy) and Wes (Warren Kole) loathe each other and are ordered into couples counseling by their captain (Jack McGee) to work out their differences. Lost‘s Sonya Walger plays their therapist. But all of this begs the question: Wouldn’t it be easier to assign them new partners?
Premieres: Wednesday, June 13 at 9/8c
Ready to head back to Southfork? This is no reboot, but rather a continuation of the original CBS soap — so much so that original players Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy will reprise their roles. But Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe will primarily be the ones getting knee deep in oil drama as dueling cousins John Ross Ewing III and Christopher Ewing, respectively. Jordana Brewster and Brenda Strong round out the cast. Fingers crossed for no dream season.
Dogs in the City (CBS)
Premieres: Wednesday, May 30 at 8/7c
Watch out, Cesar Milan! Dog-training guru Justin Silver plays mediator for New York City dog owners who are having various problems with their pooches. But don’t automatically blame the dogs! Sometimes it’s the two-legged creatures who are at fault.
Premieres: Thursday, May 24 at 8/7c
You can never have too many singing competition shows, right? Mentors John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, Robin Thicke and Kelly Clarkson (wonder what Idol thinks) travel the country to search for a singer to duet with them. They will each choose two singers to be his or her partner, and will perform in front of a live audience each week. The winner will get a record contract at Hollywood Records.
Premieres: Sunday, June 3 at 10/9c
Geek babes Katee Sackhoff and Cassidy Freeman on the same show?! Yep! But this is anything but a nerd’s wet dream. Based on Craig Johnson’s mystery novels, the series stars Robert Taylor as the newly widowed Walt Longmire, who, at the behest of his daughter Cady (Freeman), decides to run for re-election as sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo., against Branch (Bailey Chase), a young deputy. Sackhoff plays Vic, a new deputy, and Lou Diamond Phillips plays Longmire’s confidant Henry Standing Bear.
Major Crimes (TNT)
Premieres: Monday, Aug. 13 at 10/9c
The Closer will (finally) wrap its seventh and final season this summer, but it’s never truly going away. Mary McDonnell will star in this spin-off focused on Captain Sharon Raydor, who takes over as the head of the Major Crimes division. A bevy of Closer stars will join her too: G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene. See? The Closer is here to stay.
Men at Work (TBS)
Premieres: Thursday, May 24 at 10/9c
The men are Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Adam Busch and Kyle Cassidy. The work is at a magazine. The latter three’s characters help their pal/co-worker Milo (Masterson) re-enter the dating scene after he got dumped by his girlfriend. Breckin Meyer is the creator and executive producer.
The Newsroom (HBO)
Premieres: Sunday, June 24 at 10/9c
Aaron Sorkin returns to TV with this behind-the-scenes look (what other kind would he do?!) at fictional cable news network ACN. Jeff Daniels plays anchor Will McAvoy, who after a Howard Beale-like meltdown, sets out to put on News Night with his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski) and their boss (Sam Waterston). Jane Fonda, in her first major TV role, will recur as Leona Lansing, CEO of ACN’s parent company. Surely, she must’ve learned a thing or two from Ted Turner.
Premieres: Monday, July 9 at 10/9c
Stop us if you’ve heard this before: A quirky genius with a keen understanding of the mind and human behavior consults with the federal government to solve cases. No, it’s not Patrick Jane, but Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack), whose team includes FBI agent and former student Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook), his teaching assistant Max (Arjay Smith) and Natalie (Kelly Rowan), his best friend. The difference between Jane and Pierce? Pierce is a neuroscientist. And he’s insane. (Yeah, The Crazy Neuroscientist doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily as The Mentalist.)
Political Animals (USA)
Premieres: Sunday, July 15 at 10/9c
The six-part miniseries stars Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish, a former First Lady and current Secretary of State, who struggles to keep her family together as she deals with the State Department’s crises. She strikes an unlikely friendship with a journalist (Carla Gugino) who has spent her career tearing Elaine down. (Isn’t that always the case?) The project comes from Brothers & Sisters Greg Berlanti and also stars Ellen Burstyn, James Wolk, Adrian Pasdar, Sebastian Stan and Brittany Ishibashi.
Saving Hope (NBC)
Premieres: Thursday, June 7 at 10/9c
Another Smallville hottie is back on TV! Erica Durance stars in this Canadian import as a surgeon whose life is turned upside down after her fiancée Charlie (Michael Shanks), the Chief of Staff at Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital, ends up in a coma. Little do she and the staff know, Charlie is roaming the halls in spirit form. The Vampire Diaries‘ Daniel Gillies also stars as new hot-shot surgeon Joel Goran. Can you say “supernatural love triangle”?
The Soul Man (TV Land)
Premieres: Wednesday, June 20 at 10/9c
Do you have faith in Cedric the Entertainer? The comedian headlines this Hot in Cleveland spin-off as Rev. Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine, who takes over his father’s church. Niecy Nash co-stars as his wife Lolli. So when will Betty White and the ladies drop by?
Sullivan and Son (TBS)
Premieres: Thursday, July 19 at 10/9c
Look! It’s another show about a son taking over the family business. Big city lawyer Steve Sullivan (Steve Byrne) abruptly decides to run his parents legendary Pittsburgh bar Sullivan & Son when he learns that they are planning to sell it during a visit. Let’s see how well this goes over with his girlfriend Ashley (Brooke Lyons). Dan Lauria and Jodi Long co-star as Steve’s Irish-American father, Jack Sullivan, and Korean mother, Ok Cha.
Take Me Out (Fox)
Premieres: Thursday, June 7 at 8/7c
If The Choice is not your speed, Fox has another dating show for you. Based on the popular Australian and British series, this fast-paced show features 30 single women who go through four rounds of speed-dating to find their soul mate. George Lopez will host and facilitate the matchmaking. Because if there’s anyone who should be playing cupid, it’s George Lopez.
Trust Us with Your Life (ABC)
Premieres: Tuesday, July 10 at 9/8c
Don’t worry — this isn’t some stunt-heavy trust-fall show. It’s actually an improv series from the Whose Line Is It Anyway? guys. Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie Jonathan Mangum will act out key moments in a celebrity’s life that they have just described. Fred Willard will host, and the participating stars are David Hasselhoff, Jerry Springer, Florence Henderson, Mark Cuban, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, Ricky Gervais and Serena Williams. (Quick! Count all the Dancing with the Stars alums.)
Katee Sackhoff Talks LONGMIRE, RIDDICK with Vin Diesel, Auditioning for ONCE UPON A TIME, and Reflects on the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Series Finale
The A&E drama series Longmire, based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson, is a contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country. Walt Longmire (Australian actor Robert Taylor) is the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, who buries the pain of losing his wife behind a brave face and dry wit. With the help of Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackhoff), a female deputy new to the department, Longmire becomes reinvigorated about his job and committed to running for re-election, as he rebuilds his personal and professional life.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Katee Sackhoff talked about how this show came about and how it came down to either Longmire or the ABC fantasy series Once Upon A Time (she was up for Jennifer Morrison’s role), how she identifies with her character, and what she enjoys about working with this cast. She also talked about what appealed to her about doing the next Riddick film with Vin Diesel, her crazy audition process for the role, her feelings about the Battlestar Galactica finale, and her dream of playing a country singer who falls in love with a rodeo cowboy (for the film Paper Wings). Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Collider: How did Longmire come about for you? Had you been looking to do another TV show?
KATEE SACKHOFF: I hadn’t. I actually opted out of pilot season and said I wasn’t going to do it again, and that I was going to focus on film. My manager has been my manager since I was 17, and he says that he’s supposed to be smart for me when I can’t do it for myself. He would slide the good ones across my desk, and there were two that I loved. One was Once Upon A Time, and one was Longmire. I went in five times on Once Upon A Time. I took one meeting on Longmire, and I met Greer Shephard and I said, “I want this job because of that woman. I love this woman.” So, I walked away from Once Upon A Time and focused on Longmire. It was just those two jobs. Those were the only two pilots I loved that year.
I loved the idea that Wyoming is a world that’s a bubble for these people. I found that so interesting. Something about Battlestar, that I didn’t realize when I took the job, was this whole bubble aspect of closing people in and seeing what they do. This is the opposite of that. It’s about giving everybody wide open space and seeing what they do. I enjoy that idea of this show. I like the fact that there is nobody around. As people, right now, we’re so over-stimulated in this world that I don’t know what I’d do in Wyoming. I really don’t know what I’d do. I would probably have a heart attack because I’d be so lonely and I’d actually have to listen to myself think. That’s a terrifying prospect for myself, and I’m sure many other people, as well. We leave TVs on in our house. I listen to my record player, constantly, to just hear music. I’m really intrigued by this idea of solitude. I’m excited about that, especially because we get to live in it. It’s kind of cool.
Which character were you auditioning for, with Once Upon A Time?
SACKHOFF: It was Jennifer Morrison’s role. They really wanted her, though. I could tell, from the very beginning, that they really wanted her. She and I go up against each other quite a bit. We’re very similar. That was her job, and this was my job. Just the way that it turned out and the way that we’ve played the roles, it’s obvious. I’m happy with the way that things turned out.
What was it about this character, in particular, that you were able to identify with?
SACKHOFF: In the books, what you realize is that Victoria actually moves out to Wyoming with her husband. She is a very successful homicide detective in Philadelphia. Her whole family is there. She’s from a long line of police officers and detectives. She moves because she follows her husband someplace, and then he leaves because he’s working, and she’s there. I think a lot of women can relate to that moment where you’re like, “I gave you everything I have, and you’re gone. What do I do?” So, she said, “Okay, I’ve got to do something.” She goes down and, after a lot of wrangling, she says, “I’ll take the bottom. I’ll do whatever you want me to do.” And she finds this family that is very similar to her family. Not that it’s a family like her family in Philadelphia, but it’s this feeling of, “I’ve got your back. I’ll do anything for you. This is our core family.” She finds that with this group of people, and not her husband.
When you were cast, what were you told about your character’s journey this season
SACKHOFF: I wasn’t told anything, which is what excited me about this. I had so many preconceived notions because I’ve read the book and I have all the books at home, but I’m excited to see where they change it. They’re going to have to change it, and I’m really excited to see where they go. Part of what I love about television is that my imagination gets to keep going. It doesn’t stop. I go ahead and take another TV show, and then, all of a sudden, I’ve got six movies and I’m like, “Oh, my god, I’m too tired now!” So, be careful what you wish for because you get it all at once. These movies are so fast. You’ve got to do so much work, so fast, and really figure these characters out and figure out what makes them tick, quickly. In television, it’s a long process. It’s a love affair with these characters, so it’s fun.
How has it been to work with Robert Taylor and develop the dynamic between your characters?
SACKHOFF: Part of the reason I took this job was because I wasn’t the lead. I’ve been the lead, and it’s not fun. It’s a lot of work. Robert was the one I saw the least, on the show, because he worked so much. The rest of us got along like pigs in shit. We were going to spa treatments, every day. I think Bailey [Chase] and I went to a spa. We just hung out, every day, and Robert worked his ass off. It was definitely my validation, in not wanting to be a lead in a series, and it also gave me an opportunity to really bond with the rest of the cast. With Robert, we bonded on set when we had the opportunity to talk to each other, and I absolutely adore him, along with every single person in this cast and every single person in our crew, and all the producers and writers. The similarity between Battlestar Galactica and this, is that. There’s not one bad egg. Every single person is a beautiful human being, and we’re lucky. That’s what gives you longevity. You have to love the people that you work with, and we do, so it’s really great.
Along with the opportunity to develop a character over a longer period of time on a TV show, do you also enjoy the opportunity of constantly working with different directors?
SACKHOFF: Of course! I think that’s what’s interesting about having my base in television. What it allows me to do now is that I go into movies and I can take anything you throw at me. If you want me to memorize 15 new pages, I can do that in 10 minutes. If you want me to work with a first-time director, I can do that. In television, you learn to fly by the seat of your pants and give your best, on take one. And so, when I work with people that don’t do that, it’s really frustrating for me. I’m like, “You should go do TV for awhile, sweetheart, because this is not going to work. You’re cute in your 20′s, so it might work now, but wait until you’re 30. They’re going to hire someone else.” It really teaches you to work your ass off.
What was the appeal of the next Riddick movie for you? Was there a specific draw for you?
SACKHOFF: The draw there is selfish. I grew up watching science fiction and action movies. I love it. I absolutely love it! I’m a huge fan of Vin [Diesel]. I’m a huge fan of the first two movies. I don’t even know how much I can say. They’re so buried in secrecy, over there at the David Twohy camp. But, selfishly, it’s what makes me tick. It’s what I enjoy doing. It’s fun. I’ve been all over the map with my films, in the last year, and the next three or four that I have planned, so I’m excited to go blow some shit up.
Was that a role that was offered to you, or did you have to audition for it?
SACKHOFF: I did audition for it. It’s actually a crazy story. I went in once, and then didn’t hear anything. When I went in for the first time, I just met with David. And then, the next time, they were like, “Okay, it’s down to you and four girls.” I was like, “All right.” And they were like, “Vin’s in town, so you’re gonna have to jump. When they say jump, you’ve gotta jump.” I was like, “Okay,” thinking that it could be 5 pm one night, or 8 pm one night. I got a phone call at 11 o’clock at night, from all the producers and the casting director, which thank god the casting director is a woman because I would have been like, “You want me to come where?” So, at midnight, I got out of bed, I took off my face mask and I drove to Vin’s house with my mother on the phone going, “If I don’t call you in an hour, this is the address I’m at.” And she was like, “Katee, nothing is going to happen.” I was like, “I know, but this is so weird!” And, I got the job because I showed up. I truly believe that. When I was driving home that night, at 2 o’clock in the morning, I called my mom and said, “I do believe I just got that job because I showed up.” As far as acting goes, you get to a certain point where I think everyone can do the job and it comes down to a level of commitment. I think sometimes all you have to do is show up.
When you know you’re going to be working with someone like Vin Diesel, do you work extra hard to be ready to kick some ass?
SACKHOFF: It’s funny, the last movie I did, I got severely hurt on. I hurt both my shoulders and my back, so much so that I couldn’t move for three months. When I say couldn’t move, that’s being over-dramatic, but I could do nothing but walk. I couldn’t push off with my shoulders because my shoulders were bad. It was very weird, and it hurt like hell. I went and had ozone injections into my spine, and all this crazy stuff done, because I was so worried I wasn’t going to be able to get physically ready for this movie. And then, I just started working out a month ago, and I’ve packed on nine pounds of muscle, which I hate. It’s like Starbuck (from Battlestar Galactica), all over again. It’s not where my body sits. My body sits in the 130′s, and then, when I start playing these characters, I pop up to the 140′s, and I’m like, “God, my pants don’t fit anymore!” I was putting on my pants this morning and I’m like, “They’re the same size and they fit, but my ass looks weird now.” It’s very different. But, that is intimidating. I do know Vin, and I do know how professional he is, and I do know how much of a work-horse he is. He’s so committed to making a phenomenal project. To show up less than perfect for he and David would be a million dollar mistake.
How do you balance your film and television work, and the training you have to do? Does it just get crazy?
SACKHOFF: It does! But, I signed up for this and it’s not going to last forever. This business is very finite. You can do anything for a month, so you just keep going. You surround yourself with amazing people that will hold your head when you cry ‘cause you get tired. That’s pretty much it. I don’t even have a one-day break until November. I do have my weekends, thank god, but it’s a lot. But, when it rains it pours, and you take the opportunities that you have and ride the wave ‘cause it will stop.
Have you intentionally looked to balance bigger action films with smaller and quieter projects?
SACKHOFF: It’s a blessing in disguise. I didn’t search out these opportunities, but it’s a blessing that it’s happened this way. Santa Fe is my vacation. I’m renting one of my dear friend’s manager’s house there, and it’s in the middle of nowhere. It’s an opportunity for me to go through what Vic is going through, in that quiet, ‘cause I don’t think I’ve ever had that, in my life. I haven’t stopped working since I was 17. To have quiet is very interesting for me.
When you look back at how your career has played out, is it the direction that you wanted to go in, or is it surprising for you?
SACKHOFF: What’s funny is that every job after my first one is just icing. I always believed that I could do this, but I never dreamed that I would be given the opportunity. I wake up every day and pinch myself, but at the same time, I work my ass off. Did I plan every move? No. Has every move since taking Battlestar been planned? Yes. Every single one. I was given the opportunity, and now I can form it. I started working when I was 17, and I got Battlestar when I was 23. Battlestar was my fourth series. Before then, it was just, “Take anything that comes your way. As long as it doesn’t have nudity, take it.” I took work that my friends didn’t take. One of my best girlfriends turned down Halloween: Resurrection, but I took it because that’s what you do. You have to. When you don’t have the choice, you take every opportunity that comes your way because every job begets another job. So, up until Battlestar, everything was a necessity, and after Battlestar, everything was a choice. It’s been nice, and it’s fun to navigate. Where I am right now is definitely planned.
When you end a series like Battlestar Galactica, that so many people love, there’s no way that you can make everyone happy, but were you at least happy with how it ended?
SACKHOFF: Yeah, I love how it ended. I’ve always said this, and people think that it’s rude for saying it, but I do think that the writers wrote themselves into a corner. That’s not a negative thing. That’s not a bad thing. It happens. With Battlestar, there were so many characters on that show to try to wrap up, and it happened so fast, that for Starbuck to not answer what or who or why, left it ambiguous and beautiful, and it gave it that bit of question. It’s like The Sopranos. You leave them guessing. I was just happier, the way that it ended. I loved it! You also don’t want to go right, if everyone thinks you’re going to go right. You go left, on purpose. Sometimes you can’t explain why, and you can’t explain what left looks like, but you just do it.
Throughout your career, you’ve played a lot of really strong characters, who often get to kick some ass. Does that come from the kind of person you are, or is it more about living out a fantasy because you’re not that way yourself?
SACKHOFF: You know, I like to think that I’m a really strong, tough person, but I’m not. I’m a very, very needy person. I’m very insecure. I’m very impressionable. But, there is a side of me that is very put-together, very strong, very capable and very opinionated. It’s the two sides of myself that I get to play. I’ve been trying to find that balance, in my own life, and it’s fun to play characters that have the same things. It’s just a matter of which one is more dominant, I guess.
Do you have a dream role that you’d love to do, if given the opportunity?
SACKHOFF: There is a script called Paper Wings that’s with Will Smith’s company now. It’s had many different production companies and actors attached. It is my dream role. I’ve been trying to get it for eight years. I’m not a big enough star for them yet. Hopefully, after this year, I will be. It’s about a country singer that falls in love with a rodeo cowboy. It’s pretty awesome. It’s my dream role. People don’t realize that I started in musical theater. That’s where my roots are. They’re shocked and are like, “I’m sorry, you sing?!” Yes, honey, I sing! That would be awesome. Hopefully, it works.
Longmire will air on Sunday nights on A&E, starting June 3rd.
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