Kyra Sedgwick admits the driving force behind “The Closer” was sneaky when it came to her daughter acting.
Set to start her seventh and last season as interrogator extraordinaire Brenda Leigh Johnson on the TNT police drama “The Closer” Monday, July 11, the Emmy-winning actress says series creator and executive producer James Duff went straight to her daughter Sosie Bacon about a recurring 2009 role on her show — though recently published reports indicate Sedgwick and her actor husband Kevin Bacon (“X-Men: First Class”) frown upon their children joining the family profession.
“Honestly, I really just want them to be happy,” Sedgwick tells Zap2it. “It is difficult being in this business, knowing how hard it is even when you’re successful. The hurt, the rejection, the insecurity of thinking you’re never going to work again … I don’t want that for my kids.
“I want them to have perfect lives. The fact is that even though you know you grow from pain, you don’t ever want your children to have a bad day. It’s hard for me to be objective, and I would love for them to do something that’s easier on their self-esteem and ego.”
Still, Sedgwick adds, “No one could have told me not to be an actress. I mean, forget about it; there was no way I was going to do anything else. If they’re going to be actors, they’re going to be actors, and I’ll support them and love them just as much. But it’s true, I’d rather they do something else.”
That said, Sedgwick wouldn’t be surprised if Duff offered Sosie a regular role on “Major Crimes,” the Mary McDonnell-starring “Closer” spinoff slated to begin right after the parent show ends with six final episodes next summer.
“James loves Sosie so much,” Sedgwick says. “He’d wanted her to write her into ‘The Closer’ from the time she was 12. When she was 17, I said, ‘Well, let’s talk about it as a family first. Let me discuss it with Kevin.’ And he went behind my back and spoke to Sosie about it, and she said, ‘I want to do it.’ By then, there was no turning back.”