CELEBRITY EX­TRA

Riverbank News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Cindy Elavsky

Q: I re­mem­ber this lovely ac­tress who played Mark Greene’s daugh­ter on “ER” and who also was on “The Young and The Rest­less” for a few years as Daisy. Can you tell me what I can see her in nowa­days? -- Tif­fani T., via email

A: Yvonne Zima, who made her big-screen de­but at age 5 op­po­site leg­endary ac­tor Al Pa­cino in “Heat,” has been keep­ing her­self busy. Aside from nu­mer­ous roles in TV shows and movies such as “The Long Kiss Good­night,” “Law and Or­der: SVU,” “Castle” and “Mas­ters of Sex,” she also takes on the dual star­ring role in the Life­time tele­vi­sion orig­i­nal movie “Killing Mommy” (pre­mier­ing Satur­day, June 11), where she plays twins Deb and Ju­liana Hansen.

I asked Yvonne what it was like film­ing this dual role, and she told me she was ex­cited to take on the chal­lenge: “It’s a re­ally won­der­ful script, writ­ten by Trent Haaga. And the per­son be­hind all these films, (ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer) Pierre David, makes a ton of films for Life­time. He has fig­ured it all out. I re­ally like Pierre. I think he’s lovely. He’s French-Cana­dian. He smokes; he swears; he’s a real per­son.

“A big part of my prepa­ra­tion was try­ing to keep these two char­ac­ters sep­a­rate and to make them quite op­po­site. You have Ju­liana, who is a ma­te­ri­al­is­tic brat. Then you have Deb, who is kind of a barfly and com­pletely in pain. She drinks and she smokes and she gets into fights. Keep­ing those two peo­ple sep­a­rate was the main chal­lenge, be­cause you don’t want to watch a movie where you have twins and they are do­ing the same stuff and they’re ba­si­cally the same.”

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Q: I have been watch­ing a se­ries on ABC called “Amer­i­can Crime,” and it hasn’t been on for three or four weeks, and I was won­der­ing if it has been can­celed. -- Mike H., Palm Springs, Florida

A: ABC has re­newed “Amer­i­can Crime” for a third sea­son, and like the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons, it most likely will pre­miere in the first quar­ter of the new year. And also like the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons, view­ers can ex­pect an en­tirely new sto­ry­line, with fa­mil­iar faces play­ing new char­ac­ters. I can’t wait to see what John Ri­d­ley and com­pany have in store for us.

*** Read­ers: Three days af­ter I filed my most re­cent TV col­umn, in which I spoke of the fu­ture of “Castle,” ABC an­nounced that it had de­cided to can­cel the long-run­ning se­ries. Along with “Castle,” ABC also has can­celed “Wicked City” (which was the first to go this past fall), “The Fam­ily,” “Gala­vant,” “Mar­vel’s Agent Carter,” “The Mup­pets,” “Nashville” (which is be­ing heav­ily shopped to other net­works, like Hulu and CMT -- fin­gers crossed!) and “Of Kings and Prophets.” Stay tuned, as I’ll re­veal over the next sev­eral weeks which of your fa­vorite shows at the other net­works got the ax.

Write to Cindy at King Fea­tures Weekly Ser­vice, 628 Vir­ginia Drive, Or­lando, FL 32803; or e-mail her at let­ters@cindyelavsky.com.

Photo credit: Danika Sing­field

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