'Boss': Connie Nielsen on the allure of power and working with Kelsey Grammer


The primary focus of Starz's new series "Boss" is Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer), who's the mayor of Chicago and an expert at using the power -- both legitimate and on the margins -- his office affords him.His wife, Meredith, is no slouch at those games either. As Connie Nielsen, who plays the character, explains, Meredith Kane grew up around power -- her father was one of Tom's predecessors as mayor -- and is intoxicated by it. "She's someone who has basically substituted any other human emotion in her life, or any other need in her life, with this need for being on top and being able to decide how the world around her functions," Nielsen ("Gladiator," "Law & Order: SVU") tells Zap2it. "She's someone who I think has found motherhood and being a wife challenging, whereas her way of navigating the waters of privilege and who gets to have it is something she really loves...



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