Callie Thorne, who stars in the new USA hit “Necessary Roughness,” admits she was worried about headlining a series after so long as an ensemble player. “It seemed very daunting to me. I liked being part of the supporting layer that is there to push the ‘A’ storyline along.” Inspired by New York Jets psychologist Donna Dannenfelser, Thorne plays Dr. Dani, a recently divorced Long Island mom, juggling her home life with her new job as a therapist for the fictional New York Hawks.
This is just the latest in a line of tough-talking women for Thorne that included roles on NBC’s lauded “Homicide: Life on the Street” and FX’s “Rescue Me.” As she tells senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum, “They’ve all had a lot of sass; they’ve had a lot of balls.”
Meeting the woman that inspired her character, Callie admits to being “very nervous; and it turns out she was very nervous too” adding she couldn’t figure out why as “if you don’t like me, then I’m out of a job!”
The actress also drew from her personal experience with therapy. “I have been going to this particular woman for the past almost decade and she not only helps me in my real life, but I also really took on a lot of her energy as well as Dr Donna’s, when I was thinking about how to bring Dr Dani to life.”
Reviews for “Necessary Roughness” and for Thorne in particular have been positive. Robert Lloyd (Los Angeles Times) says, “though I have always admired her work and presence, I can’t remember her ever getting to play a part from so many angles, in so many tones. It makes the single hour I’ve seen feel particularly rich and busy, though never less than completely integrated.”
Thorne could find herself a Golden Globe nominee this month. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. likes USA shows. Piper Perabo (“Covert Affairs”) reaped a Best Drama Actress bid last year while Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) received five Best Comedy Actor nods and won the prize in 2003.