"It dries faster," she said, tugging at a curl behind her ear.
Mainly, though, she's happy to have hair. After
being diagnosed with breast cancer last year, Tierney, 45, had surgery
and chemotherapy, dropping out of
But as of this week, Tierney is back on television in
Then real life intervened. While Tierney was finishing treatment and acting in a play in
"Joely's life was fairly complicated," executive producer
"It was the right thing to do, to let her go and deal with that," Littman said. "The timing worked out great, because then Maura was available and able to do it."
Tierney spent nine years on "ER," leaving in 2008. Tough nurse
"I'm good," she said, adding, when pressed, "I'm healthy. ... I read the script, and I liked it. So that was that."
Tierney had chosen to return to theater, rather than television, because she said she appreciated the precision and structure that a play required.
"I wasn't really thinking about doing another (TV) show," she said. "But I really responded to the character that Tom wrote, I guess because (he) wrote it for me."
Donaghy created the role in response to "a lot of female characters on television that weren't strong in the way that I understand how women can be strong and also feminine," he said.
"I knew Maura had the elegance, and we keep saying this word 'wit,' so I wrote it with her talents in mind, never thinking she would be available. So it's quite a gift that she is."
Added Tierney, "My ego's not involved there at all. But I thought she was a really, really appealing character ... and funny. And it was interesting to find a character that had such sort of a great sense of humor, yet was so driven."
Tierney has been quoted as saying she was uncomfortable having to ask for help during her treatment, and she clearly would rather get past questions about how she was changed by the experience.
"I probably have a new perspective on everything, in general," she said.
Still, "My perspective probably should change more than it has, quite honestly. But as far as work goes ... it's a priority for me now to be able to work with people who I really like and trust."
Of Donaghy, she said, "Tom and I are friends, like actual real friends, not
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