“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
with Tierney in mind. Donaghy and Tierney have known each other since
college, but she was committed to “Parenthood,” so he cast
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
“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
Of Donaghy, she said, “Tom and I are friends, like actual real friends, not
friends. We went to college together. We’ve known each other for over
20 years. So that will be a factor because I feel like, yeah, it’s too
much time involved of your life to not enjoy it.”
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