Check­ing in with Mag­gie Law­son

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Mag­gie Law­son may not be a “Lethal Weapon” her­self, but she’s lend­ing sup­port to one.

A fa­mil­iar face from such se­ries as “Psych,” “An­gel From Hell” and “Back in the Game,” the ac­tress signed up along with Seann Wil­liam Scott for the cur­rent third sea­son of Fox’s Tues­day se­ries spinoff of the pop­u­lar po­lice-ad­ven­ture movie fran­chise. Law­son re­curs as emer­gency-room sur­geon Na­talie Flynn, ex-girl­friend of Wes­ley Cole (Scott), the new part­ner of Roger Mur­taugh (Da­monWayans Sr.) — and par­ent of a young daugh­ter with Cole.

“It was a no-brainer,” the lively, friendly Law­son re­calls of tak­ing the part. “I sat down with Matt (se­ries ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Miller) and Seann for this fan­tas­tic meet­ing, then I got to read the (first new) script and I was like, ‘Yes! I’min!’ I love how they’re writ­ing this char­ac­ter and the stuff with Seann, who is so sweet. I just knew, ‘I want to work with these peo­ple. I want to be a part of this.’ ”

Though hu­mor­ous projects have been her main­stay, Law­son ap­pre­ci­ates the chance “LethalWeapon” gives her for drama: “Ac­tu­ally, I’d been look­ing for some­thing like this. It’s been a while, and even though I did get op­por­tu­ni­ties to do some more-dra­matic stuff on ‘Psych,’ it re­ally has been com­edy forme since that ended. That was also re­ally ex­cit­ing to me, so this has been won­der­ful on so many lev­els.”

Also the co-founder of the non­profit Tiger Frances Foun­da­tion, which matches abused an­i­mals with car­ing young­sters, Law­son likes play­ing a mother again. She praises co-star Shay Ru­dolph, alias Na­talie’s daugh­ter Maya, as “just a dream. She’s so smart and so good, what a treat it is to work with her.”

Birth­date: Aug. 12, 1980 Birth­place: Louisville, Ky.

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Other tele­vi­sion cred­its in­clude: “The Ranch,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” “Psych,” “Christ­mas En­core,” “My Fa­voriteWed­ding,” “The Great In­doors,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Jus­ti­fied,” “Hos­tile Makeover,” “Killer Hair,” “Rules of En­gage­ment,” “Crumbs,” “Tru Call­ing,” “It’s All Rel­a­tive,” “Spell­bound,” “Love Rules!,” “In­side Schwartz,” “Nancy Drew,” “Model Be­hav­ior,” “Heart of a Stranger,” “Smal­lville,” “Party of Five,” “ER,” “Fam­ily Rules,” “Fe­lic­ity,” “Work­ing,” “Kelly Kelly,” “Home Im­prove­ment,” “BoyMeet­sWorld,” “Meego,” “Cy­bill,” “Step by Step,” “Un­hap­pily Ever Af­ter,” “Hang Time.” Movie cred­its in­clude:

“Spi­vak,” “Gamer,” “Cleaner,” “Win­ter Break,” “Cheats,” “Nice Guys Sleep Alone,” “Pleas­antville.”

Mag­gie Law­son

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