She’s a harried television producer and plays one on TV.
But Kyra Sedgwick insists that her character in the new ABC series “Ten Days in the Valley” bears no resemblance to her.
“I don’t use my own life as an actress,” she said. “I’m so boring. No one would want to see my life on TV. I wouldn’t.”
But the life of Jane Sadler, an overworked producer who’s up to her eyeballs dealing with her edgy cop show, busted marriage and missing 8-year-old daughter, is another story. And Sedgwick wants everyone to see it.
Sedgwick, 52 — an Emmy-winner for “The Closer,” which ended a seven-year run in 2012 — stars in and is an executive producer of “Ten Days in the Valley.” It debuts on ABC on Oct. 1 after a premiere next Sunday at the three-day Tribeca TV Festival, which begins Friday.
A spinoff of the 15-year-old Tribeca Film Festival, the event celebrates episodic storytelling with screenings of new shows, returning favorites and panel talks.
TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY – “Day 1: Fade in” (ABC/Paul Sarkis)
“TV has exploded,” said Sedgwick, who’s delighted to be part of the inaugural Tribeca TV Festival. “With a film there’s a pressure to tell a story in 90 minutes. A great thing about TV is that we get many hours to explore a character.”
It’s not always a pretty picture with Jane Sadler — a role Demi Moore was set to play on cable TV but opted out of when the show went to ABC.
“Jane has drugs and sex habits,” said Sedgwick, without judgment. “Listen, I think life is hard. Everybody reaches for something. Some people control it and do it in moderation. But no one gets by without some support — a shopping obsession, some outside source.”
And what does Sedgwick, who’s married to actor Kevin Bacon and has two kids in their 20s, reach for?
“I’m definitely not telling you,” she said.
Actress Kyra Sedgwick poses in the press room with the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her work on “The Closer” during the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
She doesn’t mind sharing that she’s pleased with the decision-making power that comes with being a producer.
“I’m very opinionated,” she said. “People listen to you when you’re an executive producer because they have to listen.”
She likes that. Same goes for splitting her time between living in New York, where she was born, and Los Angeles, where she often works.
“I divide my time between both places,” she said. “I love New York. And despite some earlier interviews where I sound like a snotty New Yorker, I’ve grown to love L.A.”