Paula Malcomson (‘Ray Donovan’) chats Abby’s cancer storyline and focusing more on ‘the family dynamics’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), “Ray Donovan” star Paula Malcomson explains that the goal for the fourth season was to both, “up the stakes” and focus more on, “the family dynamics.” Malcomson stars in this Showtime series as Abby Donovan, the wife of a Hollywood fixer (Liev Schreiber) who struggles to balance his personal and professional life. “It’s a sort of huge factor that we have really just barely started to scratch the surface with,” she adds, “using the family to really tether these pulpier situations.”

This season finds Abby dealing with a stage 0 breast cancer diagnosis, which throws the family into added turmoil. “The idea of cancer, sort of the bigger picture of cancer, is probably something everybody has gone through to some degree,” Malcomson divulges. “So I had my own personal relationships with that.” She also drew from the experiences of head writer David Hollander, whose wife, “had actually been diagnosed with this very cancer, which I think spurred on this storyline.”

Malcomson received a SAG Ensemble nomination for “Deadwood” in 2007. “Ray Donovan” has been slowly building in momentum with the Emmys, snagging nominations last year for Best Drama Actor (Schreiber), Best Drama Supporting Actor (Jon Voight), and Best Drama Directing (Hollander), as well as a victory for Hank Azaria as Best Drama Guest Actor. Could Malcomson’s critical storyline pave the way for a nomination as Best Drama Supporting Actress?

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