MAURA TIERNEY

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - PERSONALITY -

She’s starred on ER, Res­cue Me and The Good Wife. Now Tierney, 51, has an Emmy nom­i­na­tion for her role as cheated-on wife He­len Sol­loway on Show­time’s The Af­fair. The se­ries’ sec­ond sea­son has just been re­leased on DVD.

The sea­son two fi­nale was a stun­ner— He­len isn’t as saintly as we first thought. I think the fun and the chal­lenge of sea­son three will be fig­ur­ing out how this saintly per­son, who is more flawed than any­body thought, will deal with this gi­ant lie. In the pre­vi­ous sea­sons, the other char­ac­ters were the de­ceivers. Now He­len has lied in a big way.

You’re in­volved with the Lind­bergh Foun­da­tion’s Air Shep­herd Ini­tia­tive to stop ele­phant and rhino poach­ing. An­i­mal rights ac­tivism is the point. But there’s a very real hu­man cost as well. If you can stop the de­mand for these horns, it’s not just the an­i­mals that get saved but the hu­man lives that are at risk as well.

You’re go­ing back to Broad­way in The Whirligig. We’ll start re­hearsals next April. I play the mom. It’s a re­ally beau­ti­ful en­sem­ble piece about choices. It’s like my show. No one has an af­fair, but it’s about choices we make with our friends, choices we make with our part­ners, our hus­bands, choices we make as par­ents. It’s a re­ally great play.

What does Tierney look for in pick­ing a role? Go to Pa­rade.com/maura to find out.

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