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Why did film, TV, and Broadway star Elizabeth Perkins choose to costar with Denis Leary on The Moodys, the 2019 comic miniseries that's returning for Season 2 (Fox, April 1 at 9 p.m. ET)? “He's wicked, he's hysterical,” says Perkins, who tells AARP how she knew sight unseen that she'd get along with Leary, what's sustained her in 35-plus years in show business and, perhaps most importantly, why she is so passionate about rescuing dogs.
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The Moodys features a family of adults and grown kids back together under one roof. This is the pandemic reality for many people right now.
I know. A lot of my friends are experiencing it, too. In the case of The Moodys we also have one who never left. You envision your kids coming back as this wonderful thing, and we're all going to get along — but you've become so used to being an empty nester that after two weeks, you're just sort of over it.
What's your own situation?
We have four children between my husband and me. We've been empty nesters for seven, eight years. It's fantastic. You do miss them, let's be honest. You romanticize them coming back, and then they're there, and all the food's being eaten, the place is a mess, wet towels on the floor, they're driving your car and not putting gas in it — all the stuff that bothered you before, when they were still in high school. They suddenly become obnoxious children with each other as well.