With so many movie stars flocking to the small screen, Juliette Lewis, who has a long list of film credits including Cape Fear and From Dusk Till Dawn, says she resisted taking a TV role for a long time.
“It was a very grown-up decision for me to take a series,” said Lewis, 41, in a recent Associated Press interview, who confessed to having a “fear of playing one character for potentially years.”
What made it OK to sign on to ABC’s Secrets and Lies (airing Sundays at 9 p.m.) was the challenge of playing a homicide detective.
“She’s never comfortable for me to play. It’s so different from myself and that’s what makes it exciting and strange and challenging,” she said.
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Lewis’ character, police Detective Andrea Cornell, is investigating the death of a young boy. She believes Ben Crawford, played by Ryan Phillippe, may be the killer.
“I relate to her obsessive nature because to be a homicide detective you have to be slightly obsessive. You’re sleeping, eating, dreaming the case until it’s solved. … They can’t afford to be emotionally involved yet their whole pulse is about this case. I understand that as a creative personality, especially when you’re younger, your whole drive to do anything artistically is all against the odds. You have to sort of be a bit obsessive about that and relentless. I also understand [the meaning of] a work ethic from a very young age,” she said with a laugh.
“Being in show business, you can’t have a sick day. … If you take a sick day you are costing so many people money.”
The murder on this season of Secrets and Lies will be solved. Lewis said if the show is picked up for a second season, her character will work on a different case.