Natalee Hol­loway’s mother gets dual show­cases on the Life­time net­work

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Six years af­ter Natalee Hol­loway dis­ap­peared, her mother is about to ap­pear plen­ti­fully on the home screen.

Beth Hol­loway has con­tin­ued to probe what hap­pened to her daugh­ter dur­ing a high-school grad­u­a­tion trip to Aruba. Just be­fore she launches her own un­scripted show, she’ll be played again by Tracy Pol­lan. The Life­time TV movie se­quel “Jus­tice for Natalee Hol­loway” pre­mieres Mon­day, May 9, fol­lowed im­me­di­ately by the de­but of “Van­ished With Beth Hol­loway” and its pro­files of oth­ers search­ing for miss­ing rel­a­tives. (The se­ries’ reg­u­lar Wed­nes­day run starts two nights later.)

“Where I am now, my mis­sion is to help other fam­i­lies bring their miss­ing loved ones home,” says Hol­loway, an Arkansas na­tive who has lived in Alabama since 2000. “I feel my per­pe­tra­tor (prime suspect Jo­ran van der Sloot) is in prison, so I have a bit more tan­gi­ble in­for­ma­tion about Natalee’s dis­ap­pear­ance and the case sur­round­ing it. I want so much to have ev­ery op­por­tu­nity for other fam­i­lies, I never want it to be about me any­more. Most peo­ple (in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances) prob­a­bly do get to that point.”

The prospect of repris­ing her 2009 por­trayal of Hol­loway (iden­ti­fied in that film as Beth Twitty, her for­mer mar­ried name) was “re­ally hard” for Pol­lan.

“I have to say, of all the things I’ve done, it def­i­nitely took the big­gest toll on me emo­tion­ally,” the ac­tress main­tains. “I was very happy to leave that pro­ject, just in terms of mov­ing on ... so when they came to me (about ‘Jus­tice for Natalee Hol­loway’), I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can do it again.’ ”

Ded­i­cated to por­tray­ing Beth Hol­loway as “not just pas­sive and re­ac­tive, be­cause that’s not who she is,” Pol­lan deems her “a very in­tel­li­gent, very straight­for­ward per­son when you’re speak­ing to her.”

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Tracy Pol­lan plays Beth Hol­loway in “Jus­tice for Natalee Hol­loway.”

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