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Patricia Wettig talks inspiration for “The 19th Wife”

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Patricia Wettig certainly didn’t need to take on Lifetime’s Sept. 13 movie, “The 19th Wife.” After all, she’s plenty busy enough with her role on “Brothers & Sisters.” She’s also completed writing a new play, “F TO M,” that was unveiled this summer at New York Stage and Film’s Readings Festival. But Wettig tells us she found her role in the telefilm irresistibly compelling – for personal reasons. Her portrayal turned out to be a tribute of sorts to one of the women she loved most in her life.

She explains, “When I grew up, my closest relationship, until I was nine, was to my great grandma. She was married to a Methodist minister. She was a very strict, very stern, very religious person – except with me. She just adored me. I had a special connection with her. On the outside, she could be so tough. But she really was so warm. I honestly loved her more than anyone in the world.

“When I read this character, she had that tough religious exterior, but such a softness with her son. She holds on to all this stuff so tight, yet there’s a soulfulness underneath, only seen in the connection with her son.”

“The 19th Wife” is drawn from David Ebershoff’s best-selling mystery thriller that takes place inside a rogue Mormon sect that still promotes marriage to multiple wives. Wettig plays the woman accused of killing her husband in the movie that also stars Chyler Leigh. Matt Czuchry plays her son.

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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