For the past three years, Oscar winner Holly Hunter (“The Piano”) has played a hard-living Oklahoma City cop regularly visited by an unconventional angel named Earl (Leon Rippy) in the TNT drama series “Saving Grace.”
Hunter’s performance as Detective Grace Hanadarko has earned her two Emmy nominations and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
But Hunter and fans of the show are getting ready to say goodbye to “Saving Grace,” which is set but not filmed in Oklahoma City. The show’s final season begins at 9 p.m. Monday on TNT.
In a Q&A with Reuters, Hunter, 52, talks about what people can expect from the final season and what she will miss about playing Grace.
Q: “Saving Grace” creator, Nancy Miller (who hails from Oklahoma City), has promised that the final nine episodes of the show will be “a wild and exciting ride.” Without spilling the beans, what’s in store for fans this season?
A: “I think it’s great for the writers and actors to know this is the final season. It offers an opportunity to bring the show to a conclusion and it helps with how you’re going to get there. The worst would have been to have the plug pulled and told to pack your stuff and get out. … We had five episodes to really hone how we wanted the show to end and I think it’s going to be exciting and unpredictable for viewers.”
Q: How did you prepare to play an intense, fearless, cynical, sexy cop? Is Detective Grace Hanadarko based on anyone in particular?
A: “I think Grace is part of the imagination. The fact that she is a cop is perfect. She’s there to serve. I think the best police officers are there to serve. That’s their main initiative in wanting to be a police officer and that’s certainly true with Grace.
“But I also believe that Grace likes to live in a slightly dangerous place and being a cop affords her that chance. By nature, she’s a bit of a dangerous women. She’s unpredictable. She likes leading a secret life and she’s ultimately alone. Even though she has a fantastic best friend and she’s a great family member in many ways, I still think she’s a loner at heart.”
Q: What will you miss most about playing Grace?
A: “I love what Grace finds funny. I love the camaraderie with my fellow cops, my fellow cast members, my angel, my best friend. I’ve loved working with this amazing ensemble of actors.”
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