SAV­ING GRACE

A new se­ries puts the weight of the world on the shoul­ders of Jen­nifer Fin­ni­gan (ex-brid­get, THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL)

CBS Soaps In Depth - - Readers' Poll - — Kelli M. Lar­son

Jen­nifer Fin­ni­gan still re­mem­bers THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL’S Brid­get as be­ing a kid. But the wo­man she be­came is not un­like the actress’ new char­ac­ter on CBS’ SAL­VA­TION (pre­mier­ing Wed­nes­day, July 12, at 9 p.m. EST). “I’m mad about her!” she says of Pen­tagon press sec­re­tary Grace Bar­rows. “She’s whip smart, has a sense of hu­mor, is very warm and re­lat­able, and she’s a badass when she needs to be!”

Time Is Run­ning Out!

In what Fin­ni­gan de­scribes as a “sur­pris­ingly political” tale, an as­ter­oid is ap­proach­ing the planet, and Grace has been brought in to the small group of peo­ple in the know by a co-worker with whom she just hap­pens to be ro­man­ti­cally in­volved. From there, the drama poses the ques­tion of, “what would you do know­ing that the world could end?” she of­fers. “Grace is re­ally the moral com­pass.”

The fact that she’s a mother leaves Fin­ni­gan’s char­ac­ter with the ad­di­tional bur­den of want­ing to pro­tect her daugh­ter from im­mi­nent dan­ger while at the same time not be­ing al­lowed to re­veal what’s hap­pen­ing. What she can do is part­ner with those within the in­ner cir­cle, which she’ll soon find tight­en­ing in an un­ex­pected way. “I’ve worked on so many things where it’s two women vy­ing for one guy, and I’m just over it,” she says with a laugh. “I’m so ex­cited that I’m in a love tri­an­gle with two hot men on this show — and it’s not a soap opera!”

Mix­ing Busi­ness And Plea­sure

Hav­ing seen lots of ac­tion while on set in Toronto since Fe­bru­ary, Fin­ni­gan says that she and ac­tor Jonathan Sil­ver­man,

her hus­band of 10 years, are ready to set­tle down. “We’re about to start a fam­ily and are ab­so­lutely thrilled. It’s an ex­cit­ing new ad­ven­ture for us, and the thought of be­ing par­ents after 13 years to­gether is a whole other phase of our lives. So our pri­or­i­ties are def­i­nitely shift­ing.”

Mind you, the baby isn’t the cou­ple’s only shared project. “Jonny and I work as co-di­rec­tors beau­ti­fully, so that’s some­thing we want to do again,” says Fin­ni­gan, who re­cently pro­duced and co-starred with her spouse in An­dover, an in­die about a ge­net­ics pro­fes­sor’s des­per­ate ef­forts to clone his late wife. “It’s so ro­man­tic and such a beau­ti­ful, sweet story. We’re at­tempt­ing to do the film-fes­ti­val cir­cuit now.”

Her Other Fam­ily

The three-time Day­time Emmy win­ner re­mains in touch with B&B’S head­writer/ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, Bradley Bell, and his ambassador wife, Colleen, with whom she crossed paths while shoot­ing FX’S TYRANT in Bu­dapest. “They’re won­der­ful peo­ple,” she says, “and I con­grat­u­late them and the B&B cast on cel­e­brat­ing 30 years.

“When I get nos­tal­gic,” she adds, “I’ll turn it on, and it’s a com­fort, as I’m sure it is to many peo­ple around the world.”

On SAL­VA­TION, “Grace and Har­ris have been car­ry­ing on a [long­time] work af­fair,” Fin­ni­gan says. “He trusts her and knows how valu­able she is to the equa­tion.” “I was [re­ally young] when I played Brid­get,” re­calls the B&B alum, with Kather­ine Kelly Lang (Brooke). “I loved ev­ery minute of it.”

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