Paul Adelstein on ‘super emotional’ story behind ‘Return to Zero’ (Exclusive Video)

In the recent Lifetime telefilm “Return to Zero,” Paul Adelstein and Minnie Driver played a couple struggling with the loss of a child. And, as the actor revealed in our recent webcam chat (watch below), “Sometimes you think the super emotional stuff and the brutal days are the ones that stay with you. Surprisingly, it’s these smaller moments that are actually harder to get off your back. There were scenes that Minnie and I shot, like when we were nasty to one another at the dinner table. For some reason that bothered me even more, maybe because it felt unresolved.”

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At the outset of the story, Aaron and Maggie Royal are happily expecting their first son till tragedy strikes. They embark on a difficult and emotional journey after the stillbirth that threatens their marriage at its core. The cast also includes Alfred Molina as his father and Kathy Baker as her mother.

Writer/director Sean Hanish based the screenplay on his own experience. Adelstein readily admitted, “He was an invaluable resource although Aaron is certainly not Sean. In terms of the psychological, emotional process that happened to him, the script very much follows that line. If anything needed to be elucidated, he was right there. To his credit, he wasn’t precious about it. He really let it become its own thing and to his credit helps the film.”

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Adelstein began his acting career with a role in 1990’s Oscar-nominated “The Grifters.” After a long series of guest roles on television, his most recognized characters have been Agent Paul Kellerman in the Fox drama series “Prison Break” (2005-2009) and Dr. Cooper Freedman in the ABC medical drama “Private Practice” (2007-2013). He has also been recurring recently on the hot political drama “Scandal” as Leo Bergen.

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