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.” We will ask her about this change-of-pace part when she joins us for a live chat this Thursday, June 5, at 2:45 p.m. PT/ 5:45 p.m. ET on Gold Derby’s home page.
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.
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