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.
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.