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Sigourney Weaver talks 'Political Animals'
By Bill Harris, QMI Agency


Actress Sigourney Weaver stars in the new mini-series, Political Animals. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

Most citizens in the United States and Canada claim to be sick of politics and politicians. But ironically, there sure are a lot of scripted TV shows about politics and politicians, be they comedies or dramas.

"I think it's less painful to watch a fictional show about politics than it is to watch the news," said Sigourney Weaver, the star of Political Animals. "But I didn't know that was true in Canada, too."

Political Animals is a slick six-part mini-series that debuts Sunday across Canada on Bravo (same day as the USA Network). Weaver plays Elaine Barrish, former first lady of the United States who subsequently ran for president herself but now is secretary of state in the White House administration of the man who beat Elaine for her party's nomination.

We know what you're thinking.

"Initially I went, 'Oh, I don't want to do that, I don't want to play Hillary Clinton,' " said Weaver, an acclaimed actress who has practically every type of movie on her resume. "But in fact, it's not at all about Hillary.

"It's inspired by a lot of the families who have been in the White House and want to get back in the White House, so not only the Clintons, but the Bushes, the Kennedys, even going back to the Roosevelts. Our creator Greg Berlanti couldn't resist some of the facts about the Clintons. But that's where it ends. Elaine actually is inspired by a head mistress I had in grammar school."

The tone of Political Animals is serious with some soap-opera twists.

"What it's like as an actress is, after a couple of years of eating salad, suddenly I have this big juicy hamburger," Weaver said. "That, to me, is what this show is like, it's juicy, it's delicious."

Weaver said she resisted TV work for many years, not only because of the time commitment, but also because her dad Pat Weaver was a big wheel in television -- he was president of NBC in the 1950s -- and she never wanted anyone to think she got a job because of her father.

"I was very proud," she said. "But recently, it just feels in my business, in our industry in America, all the top chefs have moved to cable, long-form TV."

If television is the place to be, would Weaver be keen on doing more episodes of Political Animals?

"I think so, because our cast is so wonderful," said Weaver, referring to the likes of Ciaran Hinds, Carla Gugino, James Wolk, Sebastian Stan, Adrian Pasdar, Ellen Burstyn and Vanessa Redgrave.

"I'm doing a play at Lincoln Center (in New York), and then I'm hopefully doing Avatar 2 and 3, so I'm busy. But I'm hoping we can find time to continue it, if that's what happens.

"Otherwise, I'll always feel blessed that I got to play a character like Elaine, because usually I play, frankly, more eccentric people and Elaine is so mainstream. She's just much more normal than most people I play."

A normal politician, really? With Sigourney Weaver's touch, it's no avatar.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca




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