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