Kyra Sedgwick Can’t Wait to Get Her Kids Back, For Awhile

Kyra Sedgwick 2010 Emmys

Kyra Sedgwick reports that she and hubby Kevin Bacon and their 21-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter will soon be taking off for a holiday vacation together in Belize — and she can hardly wait “to have our children in our clutches again for a week or so.  Nothing feels better and safer to me than being surrounded by my husband and children,” says the Emmy-winning “The Closer” star, whose series returns with new episodes a week from tonight (12/6).

Kyra admits she’s still adjusting to having an empty nest at home in New York, now that daughter Sosie’s off at college.  “My life is definitely changed — now I guess I’ll have the chance to see what that change means.”

One thing she already knows is that “It makes it easier to leave town, there’s no question.  I won’t be torn for six months, feeling like, ‘Oh, I’m leaving my kids at home and I’m such a bad mother.'”

She’s speaking, of course, of her “Closer” production schedule, which keeps her in Los Angeles much of the year.  Asked whether she can see the end on the horizon after six years of the acclaimed TNT drama, she answers, “I think the show continues to be amazing.  I mean, we went up in viewership 20 per cent last year, which is unusual.”  To say the least!  Small wonder “The Closer”‘ is already picked up for next season.

The latest “Closer” mini season begins with a crackling episode that throws a few curves, and sets the stage for her beguiling Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson Brenda to take a promotion that her husband (Jon Tenney) and colleagues believe she should want.  But, “Everyone is projecting their dreams and aspirations on her, that’s what makes her feel alone this season,” the actress notes.  “I think that she is sort of fighting against the promotion.  It’s complicated for her.”

Kyra’s latest activities include the video she and Kevin made in support of gay marriage.  “Love is so rare these days.  To find someone you want to spend the rest of your life with is a rare and wonderful gift, to opposite it is so dead wrong to me,” she explains.

And they include her role as a reporter in the big-screen “Man on a Ledge” with Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris and Elizabeth Banks, shooting in NYC.  As for playing a character different from Brenda, she laughs.  “She’s a hoot.  I’ve really been enjoying it.  I love Brenda, but I enjoy having an affair.”