Army Wives New Season 2011
June 13, 2011 by Post Team
Army Wives New Season 2011, Best known for her work as the headstrong Marine Corps attorney Lt. Sarah MacKenzie of the action drama series JAG, Catherine Bell, now stars on Army Wives, the series of prime time television in the history of Lifetime. A one-hour drama, now ending its fifth season on June 12, with the 6th season already ordered, the series captures the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women – and one man – living with their spouses and families in an active military base. Catherine Bell can also be seen starring in the film the man of action and suspense of TV Last Standing, which premieres on Lifetime on June 6. Produced by actress and written by her husband, who tells the story of a suburban wife and mother happy to be forced to reveal her dark past as a military training officer with special operations when her husband (played by Anthony Michael Hall) is mysteriously kidnapped?
During a recent exclusive telephone interview with Collider, actress Catherine Bell spoke of how the Last Man Standing there was, why he likes to do physical action roles, which loves to be part of Army Wives huge success, what was like going to produce, how it hopes to make a movie someday JAG, and would love to make a science fiction movie. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Question: Last Man Standing What happened? Was it something that you and your husband are developed together and then brought to life, or come to you with the idea?
CATHERINE BELL: We went to them with the idea, actually. It all started with my husband sitting on the couch one day and said: “What do you think about playing a female bodyguard?” And I said, “Yes, that’s great!” He knows I love action and I really wanted to get back to my roots action hero, which I had not done much in awhile. And then we started talking about him, and he and her writing partner, Jolene Rice, he worked on a playing field, and we went to all life and everyone liked the idea, which was incredible. They said: “What do you think have Gale Anne Hurd as the executive producer, helping kids develop the script to make sure it is really great?” And Adam [Beasley] and I were like, “Yes! Oh, my God’s love. We’re big fans of Aliens, Terminator and The Walking Dead. “Then she came on board and spent a year and a half to two years developing the script with her and for life.
Therefore, this paper was written specifically to suit you and your strengths?
BELL: Yes, absolutely. Adam knew that I liked and martial arts. I have yet to see some of my own driving stunts. I love racing cars. All that was tailor made for me.
What is the movie about women and that you are playing in it?
BELL: Well, on the surface, Abby Collins appears to be the mother of local football and has a great life with a husband and a daughter. She is a PTA mom, and the whole thing. All we know is that she was in the army, and was perhaps a systemsanlyst or a tech genius. And then, a former member of her unit is found dead, and that night, her husband is kidnapped. The kidnappers contacted her and tell her that if she wants to see him alive, she has to do exactly what they want. So it is that she has a secret past of Special Operations, and everything kicks back in, as happens in the next three hours trying to save her husband and protect her daughter.
When you think of the movies for life, are expected to be about love and romance, but it is an action thriller. Does this film appeal to an audience that normally do not tune into Lifetime movies?
BELL: Yes, sure. I think this is very different for a lifetime and I’m very excited about it. I’m glad I got to be a part of it because it is much like a Bourne Identity movie. Also, I think people who normally follow for life will enjoy it because it is a woman who does all that, and because I have a family and I’m protecting my family. There is a lot of heart. It’s a great story, with characters in action. I’m impressed. Gale Anne Hurd was heavily involved throughout the process from beginning to end. She worked with her editor and the setting. It went very well. It feels like a movie, when you’re watching. With the lighting, direction, action and fight sequences, it’s like, “Wow, this is really cool!” Therefore, we are all very excited about it.
How was working with Anthony Michael Hall and Mekhi Phifer both?
BELL: They’re both great. We actually had a great time together. Anthony Michael Hall is probably silly. It’s silly and fun. He’s been doing this for a long time and he is a professional. Mekhi is a serious actor. It is a true professional, who comes and wants to talk about dialogue and character. But at the same time, everyone had a great time and became really silly. Maybe it was the night we were working. We work every night in Detroit in the winter.
Ernest Dickerson has done a great job in television and film. What was he, as a director?
BELL: Oh my god, Ernest was amazing! Gale told us that he brought on board. He had just made a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead by it. It was phenomenal. He is a quiet boy. It’s very Zen. You never said, no matter what was going on, how behind what we have or we had to shoot fast. There was more fresh and relaxed, took her time and made sure we have what we need to.
Were some of the action sequences particularly fun for you?
BELL: It was a success! Actually, I like action. Maybe it’s because I’m a tomboy and I love that. The driving was fun. We left before the shooting and stunt coordinator showed me how to do a reverse 180, which basically goes in reverse as fast as I could, and then turn the wheel, hit the brakes, since the unit, and then move on. Learning to do things like that was just amazing. It was really, really good. And then, I had many fights before, but it was great to do it again in a movie where there were several scenes of fighting different people, out of certain situations, and making a big fight sequence at the end. I love the choreography of all those things and get really good at what seems realistic. However, it is a challenge. It’s exhausting. I had whiplash, only to be thrown around. One is so painful, with the adrenaline through your body. I love it because I’m very physical and active, but I imagine that some players to get in there and go, “Why do not I’m doing a little period film somewhere?”
What can you say about the upcoming end of the wives of army and what fans of the series can expect of him?
BELL: There are plenty of things that happen in the final. Individually, we each have different stories going on. And then, as a group, we have a story that is kind of amazing and it will affect us all in different ways, and forces each of us to make some decisions about our lives. We ended the program asking where our future is going to take us. Army is another good end of the wives that makes you go, “Oh, now I have to wait six months to know what happened!”
What was it that originally attracted you to the series, and specifically to your character?
BELL: To me, that I was looking for something very different from what had happened only nine years doing JAG. I wanted something different. It is a military theme, so people think I’m doing something similar, but in reality could not be farther from each other. The character, Denise Sherwood, has changed much over the years and become stronger. Just become a woman, who has learned her force, over the years, was certainly appealing to me. I knew he would not stay tame. I really do not want to play a humble person for many years, in a program, so it was nice to go through this journey with her and see her mature and grow. And the writing is just phenomenal. We have the best writers and very deep, rich story, wonderful characters, which is really what it always is.
In a climate in which he shows to fight to actually get a pilot in the air, and then struggle to get beyond its first season, it is gratifying to hear fans say, in the fifth season, the show is so strong, I feel is the best season?
BELL: Oh, it’s so rewarding! We were all talking about it on the set, with floor thoroughly. How often this happens in season five is the highest rating, forever? It is one of the best-written works. It is very rewarding.
Now that you’ve come to know your character to over five seasons, what do you like it, and it is there anything you’d like to change?
BELL: That’s interesting. She is in constant evolution. She always goes through things. She has a good balance. She is a good mother and she is a great wife. She is trying to find a balance between having a new baby and return to work. I think she is doing what we all do when we are juggling work and family and anything else. Just try to keep everything together and keep everything in place, the best we can.
How different do you think now of who was the first time he signed to her game? Is it that she is now all that you could have imagined?
Bell: Not at all. I never imagined that could have started on a motorcycle and got a tattoo. She is becoming more like me.
How much of that development has been a collaborative process, and to what extent were the things that just completely surprised you?
BELL: A lot of it has been collaborative, actually. I ride motorcycles, so the writer and creator, said, “That’s really cool. I put that in” The tattoo was funny. I wanted a tattoo of the name of my daughter, and was thinking of giving my character. We decided to do the same tattoo, so I would not have to cover. The program, which he said means “beautiful mistake”, but it is actually the name of my daughter. And then wanted to get pregnant and I mentioned to the producers and they were like: “Yes, go! Going to be great. We will write to him,” Then I got pregnant, and my character got pregnant too. We are increasingly similar. It’s pretty wild.
With Season 6 already ordered, is there anything you’re expecting your character get to do or go through that she has not been yet?
BELL: Well, I know it’s back to work, and I think that has always been important to her. She is a nurse and a paramedic, and wants to help people. It is important to continue the healing process of losing her son in Afghanistan, for sure. I’m sure will carry over into next year, with continuing to heal and live their lives. I’m not sure what will happen. Writers are always very well surprise me with funny stories. No more death, however. I cannot mourn over. It’s brutal. I’m so tired to mourn.
You’re a beautiful woman with a successful career and a family successfully. How difficult is to find a balance and be able to do everything?
BELL: It’s very intense. There are definitely some days when I’m like, “Wow, what am I doing this?” However, I have done. All of us, if you have a regular 9 to 5, or a crazy job like mine that takes you all over the place. Some days I have off, and other days I work 19 or 20 hours. You just deal with it. I’m always trying to find ways to improve, and ways to reduced stress, and ways to spend a little more time with my children, or spend time alone, if that’s what I need, or my husband. I continue to balance. It is not easy.
Being a strong woman yourself, it is important that roles are also strong women?
HOOD: Yes. With the first season of Army Wives, wanted to make sure this would not be a weak woman for a long time, and I was sure I was going to very quickly to your child and really transform your life. I felt it was important. Seeing people change, as it is a great lesson. I always like to play the roles that somehow inspiring. And it could be that it is a terrible character. This does not mean I have to play just good people all the time. I’ve been playing a lot of very strong, capable woman, but I think it would be fun to play a crazy drug addict or something. But even with that, the story has to have some sense. Not only can it be, “Is not this great? We are doing drugs and stealing. Life is really great!” It has to be like, ‘Wow, look at that life can go, if you allow it to go that way?
Why did you go into production? Is it something I wanted to do, so you could have more control over the development of the features you want?
HOOD: Yes. I’ve always wanted to produce. I have had my name from the company production years, although not really do anything with it immediately. For me, I’ve always thought of myself as a businesswoman. I have the creative side, but also have this sense of business. The production is very similar to running a business, where the project include the different people involved, since the elements together and ensure that all work together well. And create my own paper, as actor, is great. You’re so at the mercy of others, and are waiting for a job. That’s just a horrible way to live, so I decided to take matters into my own hands, find my own projects, and create myself, and then do other things that people can throw my way as well. There is sit and wait.
Are you surprised that JAG is still so loved by the fans who are always wondering if I’ll make a movie and the team again with David James Elliot again?
BELL: It’s so sweet. I hear it all the time. Twitter and Facebook, people are constantly asking me for a meeting of the GCM, and love it. Actually, my husband has a great idea for a film of JAG, which we have spoken to Don Bellisario approaches. He was busy doing other projects, but never say never. It could definitely happen someday.
Is there a dream role you’d really like to do, but have not had a chance to yet?
BELL: There is probably a couple. I love doing action and suspense. My husband and I are working on a project that is a type of Sigourney Weaver in Alien film. It’s very science fiction, futuristic, and put in the B-ring of Saturn, 200 years into the future. We are raising a little money on a website to raise funds, www.Kickstarter.com, make storyboards and build a model of the ship, and then use that to raise money for the film. That’s one of the things I love to do – very complete sci-fi/action. I also love to do a comedy. That would be great! I have to do a bit of it in Bruce Almighty, and I’ve done episodes here and there, in JAG and Army Wives, which came to have fun and be funny, and people are always surprised that I have a funny way because I I tend to be so intense, strong and dramatic. But I love to do something very, very silly and funny.
Do you know what you going to do next, now that the series takes a break?
BELL: I just find out. We could make another good movie of the witch. We talked about it. These are movies I do for Hallmark we’ve done four, which are also very popular. People seem to like it, so it could do more of these one. I’m looking for and meeting with people. I love to do another function. As God Almighty and Evan were great. I’ve been super busy working on TV, so that a film would be fun to keep the balance. I’m looking at things now, so we’ll see. I have five or six months off, so I have a little time.
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