After a stream of “good girl” roles, Kate Walsh now gets to show her range as a not-so grieving widow on the new FX miniseries “Fargo.” In our recent webcam chat (watch below), she admitted, “It’s so rare to get a role like this. I auditioned for it happily. The scene I auditioned was the one where I say that I’m super flexible. I had a hard time keeping a straight face during that audition. A lot of people wanted that role and wanted to be a part of the show in general.”
Viewers first met her character, Gina Hess, shortly after the murder of her husband. She is a middle-aged sexpot with two teenaged children who is not incredibly upset over the death of such a bully. And she is keen on getting the big insurance settlement, so much so that she seduces the company’s agent Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman). She doesn’t know that he is the reason her husband is dead.
Eight of the 10 episodes have already aired, leaving only two more installments for FX. It is a frontrunner at this year’s Emmys for Best TV Miniseries and should claim several acting slots. The cast also includes Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Keith Carradine, Bob Odenkirk, and Oliver Platt.
After a long string of guest roles on TV, the big break for Walsh came in 2005 when she was cast in the recurring role of Dr. Addison Montgomery, the estranged wife of Derek (Patrick Dempsey) on “Grey’s Anatomy.” She was part of the Screen Actors Guild drama ensemble nominations in 2006 and 2008 plus the victory in that category for 2007.
Her character proved to be so popular that developed a new spin-off series “Private Practice” in 2007, which ran for six seasons.
She will next star in the bawdy new comedy “Bad Judge” this fall, anchoring NBC’s Thursday night lineup. The network describes her character Rebecca Wright as someone who “knows how to have a good time, but she also manages to be one of L.A.’s toughest and most respected criminal court judges.”
Along with Walsh, other high profile executive producers are Will Ferrell, Anne Heche, and Adam McKay. As for this role, she said, “It felt like a little bit of a dude. [She’s] a woman who is proficient at her job but is a bit of a teenage boy on the inside and not just a neurotic kind of role.”
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