A Minute With: Holly Hunter on angels and "Saving Grace"

Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:16pm EDT
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By Jill Jacobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - She's been a TV news producer, a mute piano playing bride and a Texas cheerleader-murdering mom.

But for the last three years, Holly Hunter, 52, has played a gutsy, Oklahoma cop with a last chance angel on cable network TNT's drama series, "Saving Grace", which begins its final season on March 29th.

Hunter's acclaimed performance as Detective Grace Hanadarko has earned her two Emmy nominations and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Reuters spoke to the Oscar-winning actress of 1993 movie "The Piano" about the TV show's final episodes, life after Grace and guardian angels.

Q: "Saving Grace" creator, Nancy Miller, has promised that the final nine episodes of the show will be "a wild and exciting ride." Without spilling the beans, what's in store for fans this season?

A: "I think it's great for the writers and actors to know this is the final season. It offers an opportunity to bring the show to a conclusion and it helps with how you're going to get there. The worst would have been to have the plug pulled and told to pack your stuff and get out...We had five episodes to really hone how we wanted the show to end and I think it's going to be exciting and unpredictable for viewers."

Q: How did you prepare to play an intense, fearless, cynical, sexy cop? Is Detective Grace Hanadarko based on anyone in particular?

A: "I think Grace is part of the imagination. The fact that she is a cop is perfect. She's there to serve. I think the best police officers are there to serve. That's their main initiative in wanting to be a police officer and that's certainly true with Grace.   Continued...

<p>Actress Holly Hunter speaks after receiving the Lucy Award at the Women in Film 2009 Crystal and Lucy Awards in Century City, California June 12, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>