political-animals-USA.jpgUSA is debuting a new miniseries on Sunday, July 15 called “Political Animals,” which stars Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond, a former first lady and current Secretary of State. Sound familiar? She tells “Today” she is not a Hillary Clinton clone, however.

“Certainly we are inspired by Mrs. Clinton, who is such a remarkable
woman and a great Secretary of State, she was a great Senator for New
York state,” says Weaver. “But it’s also inspired by these different families that have
been in the White House … being in the White House, you pay a price
for that. It gets in your system and you want to get back in.”

Which is exactly the crux of the series – Elaine’s family wanting to get back into the White House.

“It’s so delicious and juicy. I haven’t ever been offered material that’s like this. Elaine Barrish Hammond is this very gifted politician with a very strong moral compass. She really brings the right kind of leadership to Washington, which is part of the appeal to me, because I think more women should run. But she’s also the matriarch of a very vivid, dysfunctional family,” says Weaver.

“I’m surrounded by women in my life and in the world who have jobs, who take care of their families, who support their communities, who champion causes,” Weaver continues. “I feel like that’s the kind of energy Washington needs. Part of my desire to do this show is to show what that kind of women’s energy can do in Washington.”

“Political Animals” debuts Sunday, July 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

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