" Angel at Her Back", Holly Hunter Talks about Saving Grace with Tavis Smiley

Actor ( and Oscar-winner, Emmy-winner) Holly Hunter appeared on PBS’ “Tavis Smiley” to talk about her cable television series, “Saving Grace.” Hunter recently announced that “Saving Grace” will end after its current season (due to the Fox TV’s cancellation of the series they produce and is aired on TNT. )
I am running this interview clip because I am a huge Holly Hunter fan– have been for eons. I have seen almost everything she has done. Loved her in The Piano. Her acting in Saving Grace is fearless — and truly she is a fearless actress as this character.
During the interview, Hunter talked about the evolution of her character, Grace Hanadarko, throughout four seasons of “Saving Grace”:

“One of the things that I love about this character, and about having done her, is that–what I love most to explore is the essence of a person. And in a way the things, who this person is, and fundamentally, when you’re born you are who you are–and this person that I’ve portrayed for–this’ll be the end of the 4th season, she is who she is. She’s fundamentally the same as she was that night that she hit and killed this man. She is that woman still. And the unchanging aspects of her, I have fallen in love with and continue to fall in love with.”

From TheHollywoodReporter.com here’s a commentary about why the show was cancelled:

TNT now has ordered three more episodes, which will be added to the six earmarked for winter, and the nine episodes will run next summer. It is understood that TNT offered “Grace” producer Fox TV Studios a full-blown fourth-season pickup, but the studio declined to accept it for financial reasons.
“Grace” is an expensive drama fronted by an A-list talent, Oscar winner Holly Hunter.
Faced with the possibility for an abrupt end to the show, known for its woven story lines, TNT decided to order the extra episodes that would tie up all the loose ends. The network also opted give the show a proper sendoff in the summer, when cable series do much better.
TNT programming chief Michael Wright said he was sad to see “Grace” go.
“It’s been a fantastic beacon for the network, which has both challenged and entertained viewers in ways few other shows on television ever dare,” he said.
Wright said the network was more than happy with the show’s ratings performance this summer. The third season of the series, slated to wrap Tuesday, has averaged more than 3.5 million viewers. Created by Nancy Miller, “Grace” stars Hunter as Grace Hanadarko, a high-spirited detective who holds nothing back, on the job or in her personal life. The role has earned Hunter two Emmy nominations. Kenneth Johnson, Leon Rippy, Yaani King and Laura San Giacomo co-star on the show, which Miller is exec producing with Gary A. Randall and Artie Mandelberg.

Want to see the ENTIRE interview and not just a clip? It’s definitely worth the 12 minutes
Check it out HERE at pbs.org
Holly Hunter is an actress and producer who most recently has served as the lead actor and executive producer of the TNT television series, “Saving Grace.” Hunter earned an Academy Award for her work in the film “The Piano” and has won two Emmy Awards for her performances in two made-for-TV movies. Hunter has starred in numerous Hollywood films, including “Raising Arizona,” “The Firm” and the animated film, “The Incredibles.” In addition to her work in television and film, Hunter is an accomplished stage actress. She starred in the 2004 London production of Marina Carr’s “By the Bog of Cats” and made her Broadway debut in 1982 in Beth Henley’s “Crimes of The Heart.” Hunter earned her undergraduate degree in drama from Carnegie Mellon University.
TAVIS SMILEY is a unique hybrid of news, issues and entertainment, featuring interviews with politicians, entertainers, athletes, authors and other newsmakers. Tavis Smiley was recently named to TIME’s list of 100 “Most Influential People in the World.”
TAVIS SMILEY is produced by The Smiley Group, Inc. / TS Media, Inc. in association with KCET/Los Angeles. Major funding is provided by Walmart and Nationwide Insurance. Additional support comes from PBS and a one-time seed grant from the National Black Programming Consortium.
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