Close said she had not watched "The Shield," but, after being approached by Ryan, engaged in a marathon viewing session while visiting her parents. Close became addicted; however, the jury is still out for her mother.
"My mom said, 'Oh, they do such bad things.'"
Chiklis was excited but somewhat leery about having a big-shot movie star join a cast of virtual unknowns.
"Let's face it: She could have come on the show with the attitude [of] 'I'm Glenn Close and you're not,' and nothing could be further from the truth," Chiklis said. "She's shown up with work ethic and excitement."
She's also gone to a basic cable show straight from the big screen, a move once considered slumming.
Not anymore, said Close.
"There was a huge snobbery about work on television when it was mainly network," Close said. "For me, it's always been, 'Where's the great writing?' There are wonderful writers in cable. Some of the best of the best."
Besides, Close said, at times it even beats the glamour of the big screen. "I like the rhythm of television. I get extremely bored now sitting around on a movie set. So, I thought, why not?"
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Big Names Commanding the Small Screen
Silver screen stars who have taken recent roles on television:
* Now on: "The Shield" (FX)
* Notable movie roles: "Fatal Attraction" and "The Big Chill"