Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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More secrets have yet to unfold in Showtime's "The Affair," now that it's been picked up for a second season - not that star Maura Tierney is willing to reveal any. "It's challenging," she says - a word that might also be used to describe the role that earned her her first mention in Variety. Before she secured her place in TV history with "NewsRadio" - and as the indefatigable Abby Lockhart on "ER" - Tierney found herself onstage in a small Santa Monica theater, debrabirnbaum

How did you land the part?

The director was my neighbor, or my neighbor's friend. I met him around my apartment complex in Venice Beach. He found out I was an actress and asked me to audition for his play. It was the first real play I ever did. There was live music accompanying all of the poetry. It was very nontraditional - it had no narrative structure. And after we were done, it would turn into a club and we would dance.

Did you read the review?

No, I probably didn't read it. I was terrified. What did it say? "I was clean-limbed and fresh-faced"? I'll take that today in a heartbeat!

What was the best thing about that time?

I'd been working as an actress for a year. I wasn't a waitress anymore and I wasn't a student. …

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