Kim Raver thought she’d be spending her “Grey’s Anatomy” hiatus soaking up family time with her husband and two sons – but says she found the lure of Lifetime’s “Bond of Silence’ movie irresistible.
“It’s tricky. I only have a short amount of time to spend with my family,” notes the actress, who plays real-life author Katy Hutchison in the telepic, airing tonight (8/23). “But when I read Katy’s book, I was just so intrigued by the way she handled this tragedy in her life. It was so unlike the norm, I wanted to play her.”
Hutchison’s husband was murdered when he tried to quiet down a wild teen party in their neighborhood – a case that took her five years and endless persistence to untangle.
“There was also this mystery of how her husband was killed and how this tight-knit community where they lived responded – how part of that community turned against her,” adds Raver of the case that actually took five years to solve and is well known in Squamish, British Columbia, where it took place. The telefilm is set in Washington State and the names have been changed.
The actress, who’s been wed to French filmmaker Manu Boyer for eight years, considers it essential that their seven-year-old and two-year-old sons spend time with their French relatives each year. They’re growing up bilingual, and “it’s really important they see my husband’s family in France,” she says. She’s happy that even with “Bond of Silence” production, they were able to get to Europe for three weeks during her hiatus.
“My life is a Rubik’s Cube of scheduling,” she says.
With “Grey’s Anatomy” production moving right along into episode five for the coming season, Raver’s Dr. Teddy Altman is well into a new romance with James Tupper’s character.
Speaking of series creator Shonda Rimes and the relentlessly intense episode that ended last season – with a crazed gunman on a shooting rampage against hospital personnel he held responsible for his wife’s death — Raver says, “I think it was a genius move by Shonda and her team of writers, what they did with that finale. It took all these characters that viewers know and love over six years and gave them somewhat of a rebirth.” Raver feels the writers have been able to retain the core elements of the show that appeal to fans, yet make it fresh as the beleaguered medical team moves forward. “To be able to find a way to do that in an interesting way is really rare,” she says.