Plot twist sets Denise straight
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