The Whole Truth's Maura Tierney: I Have a New Perspective on Everything


When Maura Tierney makes her return to TV, it will be in a role tailor-made for her.


The 45-year-old actress, who last season dropped out of NBC's Parenthood to undergo breast cancer treatment, recently replaced Joely Richardson on ABC's upcoming legal drama The Whole Truth. But even though she's the second actress to get the part, she was the first person creator and executive producer Tom Donaghy wanted for the role.


"I'd been seeing a lot of female characters on television that weren't strong in the way that ... women can be strong and also feminine," Donaghy said at the Television Critics Association's fall TV previews. "I knew Maura had the elegance and ... wit. So, I wrote it with her talents in mind, never thinking she would be available."


Although Tierney joked that her ego led her to take on the role, she was somewhat reserved in discussing her health. "I'm healthy, so that was that," Tierney said when asked how she decided to go back to work on this project. "And then I read the script and I liked it, and that was that. That's how I decided.


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