Now that the cat’s out of the bag that Patricia Wettig’s Holly Harper character on “Brothers & Sisters” will be suffering a loss of memory in the new season, Wettig lets down and talks about the arc.
“It’s really fascinating to play, I’ll tell you. I’m enjoying it. I’m not much of a business person myself, so it’s hard to find the business part of Holly,” she tells us. “That didn’t come easily to me. But I’m actually having a great time playing this.”
In other “Brothers & Sisters” news, Wettig’s daughter, Roxy Olin, has been back in L.A. from her New York base for awhile, and Wettig has been savoring some togetherness time.
Does this mean the return of Roxy’s “Brothers & Sisters” character, Michelle – who was once expected to be the surrogate for Kevin and Scotty’s (Matthew Rhys and Luke Macfarlane) baby? We left off where that wasn’t going to work out and they might adopt.
“She’s going to be on it. I can say that. I don’t exactly how they’re going to incorporate it yet,” answers Wettig.
The Wettig-Olin family imprimatur is, of course, all over the acclaimed ABC drama that launches its fifth season tomorrow (9/26). Patricia stars, husband Ken Olin executive produces, son Cliff is a writer on the show and Roxy appears on it. In New York, however, Roxy is one of the fashion PR foot soldiers of Kelly Cutrone, palling around with Whitney Port on MTV’s “The City.”
The reality/drama dual career is an unusual arrangement, to say the least — especially since so many actors consider reality TV the enemy.
“I know. I think at first people were going, ‘Wait a minute – you can’t let your daughter do a reality show,’” says Wettig. “You know what – why not? We’re in a time where there is a crossover. Roxy is having a great time doing that show and she’s also a talented actress. I like ‘The City.’ I like to watch it. Ken is on it with her. It’s fun to watch them doing a scene together.”
Any chance that Paticia will also show up on the series?
“Oh, I said to Roxy, I doubt it, but I wouldn’t say that 100 per cent. I think I’m too much the actress, I’m always playing these parts. And I’m too busy right now.”