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Michelle Forbes is making a ‘Killing’ on cable
On AMC’s new drama "The Killing,” Michelle Forbes dives into some heavy
material as Mitch Larsen, the grieving mother of a murdered teenage
girl. Surprisingly, though, the 46-year-old actress finds the role to be
one of her easier ones.
"It’s not a pleasant place to go, but
it’s actually an easy circumstance to deal with in the sense that it’s
so heightened, so emotionally affecting and so horrifying,” she says.
Killing” is based on the popular Danish television show "Forbrydelsen,”
and although Forbes had the option to watch it before filming the
American version, she chose not to.
"You’d never want to poach
another actor’s hard work, and you also don’t want to be intimidated by
their performance,” she says. "I found it best to just interpret the
words as they came at me.”
And she’s able to do so, she says, thanks to the creative liberties that come with a cable show.
major networks, they’re having to appeal to a broader audience and so
they can’t be as risky with their writing. ... I think cable just gives
you more freedom.”
Michelle Forbes plays the mother of a
murdered teen on "The Killing,”?airing Sundays at 10 p.m. on AMC.