4:40pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
'Dallas' Newcomers Julie Gonzalo, Brenda Strong on Becoming Ewings: 'There's Not a Dull Moment' (Video)
The family dysfunction continues with TNT’s Dallas reboot, which brings the soapy drama back to the small screen Wednesday, June 13.
Joining J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen on the show (with Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray reprising their roles) are newly minted Ewing family members Ann and Rebecca.
Ann is played by Desperate Housewives actress Brenda Strong, whom die-hard fans may remember from her brief stint on the original series. Back in 1987, Strong guested on just one episode of Dallas, as Cliff’s (Ken Kerchival) one-night stand in an episode titled “Cat and Mouse.”
As her laidback new character, Strong plays wife to Duffy’s Bobby Ewing and stepmother to Bobby’s son Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe). “Luckily, they had me in mind [for the part],” Strong told THR of her audition. “And when I walked in, the energy of who I am matched the character and it was a good fit.”
Also marrying into the Texas-bred bunch is Rebecca Sutter (Julie Gonzalo), who weds Christopher in the pilot episode. But when it comes to this newcomer, there is certainly more than meets the eye.
“She's just very much in love with Christopher,” Gonzalo said. “I think she's a very, very, very smart, witty girl. And there's definitely a few things here and there she'll soon reveal.”
Added Strong: “She's a broken bird at times.”
“Exactly,” answered Gonzalo. “Her parents died when she was very young, and she only has a brother, so it's a girl trying to find family that she has longed for for a really long time. … It's definitely a fun family. There's not a dull moment.”
Critics have pondered what type of audience TNT is aiming for, as it mixes veteran actors with young blood. Strong’s answer: “It’s an intergenerational family pleasure.”
“I was just told there was somebody, they watched the press kit with the episodes they were watching with their 20-year-old daughter and their 80-year-old mother,” recalled Gonzalo. “They were all hooked for all different reasons, and they all wanted to watch. I think it's a show that is for anyone audience. Whether you're just looking for some guilty pleasure or to continue the idea of this family and just be more involved with, ‘Oh what are they up to now?’ At any age, I think there's something for every single audience.”
For more from THR's chat with the duo, watch the video above.
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