It was Showtime's turn to present their newest show this morning at the TCAs, born from the mind of Steven Spielberg, The United States of Tara. After a video introduction from Spielberg himself, the cast and producers sat down to answer questions on the show. Toni Collette stars as a woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder, which her family and friends accept and work with rather than hide. Here are some highlights from the panel:
* Diablo on the subject matter: "This is not the kind of series you can base on imagination. When you-re dealing with a sensitive topic like this you have to do your homework - There are certainly people who have lived their lives this way - In this case I wanted to make sure that it was completely grounded."
* Toni on taking the part: "I only ever respond to the material. I never had any aspirations to work in TV, but as soon as I closed the last page of the script I turned to my husband and said I have to do this it's a complete dream for an actor to play so many parts. . . I was most nervous about creating Buck [the male alter], I didn't want him to be a clich in anyway. There's a specific friend I observed. All of the characters are so complex and whole, you don't have to travel that far to make it real."
* John on his part: "When I finished reading the script I turned to Toni's husband and said ''I have to do this."