Jane Kaczmarek‘s new TV movie is titled “Reviving Ophelia,” but she says it might as well be called “Reviving Jane.”
The former mom on “Malcolm in the Middle” returns to work for the first time in a year in the Monday, Oct. 11, Lifetime drama that casts her as the mother of a teen who’s in an abusive relationship. Relationship matters also kept Kaczmarek off screen as she dealt with her divorce from actor Bradley Whitford — the “West Wing” alum now on FOX’s “The Good Guys” — after almost 17 years of marriage.
“A very wise person said to me, ‘Nowadays, you can make a divorce anything you want it to be,'” Kaczmarek tells Zap2it. “It’s absolutely devastating, but then you really have to just drop it and keep going.
]]><![CDATA["We were friends for a long time, he's a great father, and we have three terrific kids ... so I've made up my mind to make this as good as possible for everybody. We really are like a family living in two different houses. I can't believe it, but it really works." Kaczmarek credits Julia Roberts‘ recent movie version of the best seller “Eat Pray Love” with helping her get into her current mindset. “I wasn’t a fan of the book, which kind of irritated me,” Kaczmarek says, “but I saw that movie the day after my divorce was finalized, and it’s like that saying, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher presents himself.’ “At one point in the movie, that brilliant actor Richard Jenkins says to [Roberts] when she’s talking about getting over the hurt and the guilt, ‘You send him light, you send him love, and you drop it!’ You have no idea what the universe will open up for you, once you get all that ‘stuff’ out of your head. This [divorce] was years in the making, and I thought, ‘Just let it go.'” The first step was the phone call Kaczmarek made to Whitford as soon as she got home from seeing the movie. “We started talking, and we talk on a regular basis now. I don’t mean to make it sound easy or glib, but I have a very definite idea of what kind of ex-wife I want to be, and what kind of mother I want to be. “That includes having him involved very much in the kids’ lives, and if I’m carrying around all that resentment toward him, that’s not gonna happen.” Follow Zap2it on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest movies, TV and celeb news. Photo credit: Getty Images