We Investigate Mary McDonnell from 'Major Crimes'

Hey, Kyra Sedgwick, there’s a new boss in town—or rather, a familiar face that is taking over TNT in a big way. Mary McDonnell is proud and honored to move up the ranks and star in the network’s new series “Major Crimes,” which might look a lot like “The Closer.” We'll clue you in to why. Read the edited version of our interview with Mary McDonell below

by Ilyssa Panitz • More.com Celebrity Reporter
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Photograph: ART STREIBER

More: Have you ever had to reinvent yourself?
MMD: I think I have had to do it internally. There have been a couple of times along the way where I had to go inside myself to find a revitalization of what my passions are. I have had to rethink, knowing I have decades in front of me, What is important to me? What do I want to get done before I can’t do it anymore?

More: Let me guessyour passion is acting? 
MMD: I take pride knowing that I have been working this long and in a profession I love.

More: You have over 20 years of experience performing on the live stage. Was it always your dream to appear on the big screen or the small screen or both?
MMD: No. I did not have the ability to see clearly the big goal. That is not one of my talents. If anything, my talents lie in being in the moment and then generating something out of that. In a way, that is how my career has evolved. There were many funny things that happened during my transition from the stage to TV/the movies.

More: Was there ever a part you really wanted but didn’t get?
MMD: Yes, but I have blocked them because I think Meryl Streep got them(laughs) It’s a funny thing to say when you lose a part, because Meryl is just so incredible, both as an actress and as a person.

More: What’s an example of a disappointment?
MMD: There have been some, but I am not joking—I really blocked them. Of course, you work really hard for something, aim for it, and when it doesn't work out you’re sad. Or, there was an idea you had, but it didn’t fly with the right people. There are always disappointments and frustrations when you have a career as long as mine.

More: Positive thinking!
MMD: However, the beauty of being disappointed is that when the timing is right, like with playing the part of Sharon Raydor, you take a big sigh of relief. When you think about it, it is like a balancing act. You have to develop the ability to balance the highs and the lows, especially if you want to work in this business.

Major Crimes airs on Monday nights at 9 p.m. on TNT.

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