Plot twist sets Denise straight

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DENISE Richards was flat­tered when she had an of­fer to star in the new mys­tery se­ries Twisted. On closer ex­am­i­na­tion she was of­fended. The show’s cre­ators wanted her to play fallen so­cialite Karen De­sai. That was fine. he prob­lem was De­sai has a 16-year-old son.

‘‘First of all I thought they made a mis­take be­cause I’m far too young,’’ Richards, 42, laughs. ‘‘Then I thought, ‘OK I prob­a­bly could’. ‘‘Then I thought, ‘Maybe I’m his step mum be­cause we look noth­ing alike. Then I met the cute ac­tor (Bri­tish-born TJ Ramini) who plays his dad.’’

Richards has made head­lines in re­cent years through high-pro­file re­la­tion­ships with sit­com star Char­lie Sheen, rocker Richie Samb­ora and pos­ing for Play­boy than act­ing gigs, but she knows plenty about be­ing a mum.

She has two daugh­ters –Sam, 9, and Lola, 8 – with Sheen. In 2011, she adopted a third daugh­ter, Eloise.

In May, with Sheen’s sup­port, she was granted cus­tody of Sheen’s twin Bob and Max, 5, while Sheen’s third wife Brooke Mueller dealt with drug is­sues. In Twisted, Richards has her own parental prob­lems. The se­ries be­gins when De­sai’s son, Danny (Avan Jo­gia), 16, re­turns to their home­town af­ter serv­ing five years’ jail for stran­gling his aunt with a red jump rope.

When a class­mate is mur­dered, the town be­lieves Danny is re­spon­si­ble. ‘‘It is so dif­fer­ent and very edgy,’’ Richards says. ‘‘I love that they want to do some­thing dif­fer­ent. To me, it is deal­ing with real is­sues, real emo­tions and it’s sexy and I think it’s great, but it’s not for my chil­dren.’’

Richards has ap­peared in Sheen’s new sit­com Anger Man­age­ment and says her ex may ap­pear on Twisted. ‘‘I’ve thought of that,’’ Richards says. ‘‘We like work­ing to­gether.’’

Twisted: Tues­days, 8.30pm, Fox8; re­plays Wed­nes­days and Sun­days. Sucker Punch 9.30pm, Go!

M. 2011. Girl, in­sti­tu­tion­alised by an abu­sive step­fa­ther, re­treats into fan­tasy as she en­vi­sions a plan to es­cape. Vi­o­lence en­sues as she and her fel­low in­mates kick butt. A tri­umph in style, but the script is aw­ful. Emily Brown­ing (pic­tured).

Char­lie Sheen and Denise Richards

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