Linda Gray dishes on the new Dallas

2012-09-04 16:14

Actress Linda Gray, who plays Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas, opens up about working on the original series as well as the reboot, which is currently airing in South Africa.

Annette: You have spoken about having a lot of fun now with Patrick (Duffy) and Larry (Hagman) on this series, was it fun back then or was it just a job?

Linda: There's a relaxed attitude but we are all much more professional now, not that we weren't then, but we have been there, done that, so there is a much more relaxed atmosphere.

There is now a lot more depth to the characters, JR is deeper, Bobby is definitely deeper. It's maturity, there is a sense of being grown-ups which didn't happen before.

Now there is a sense that we have all been through some shocks and been down, it's life, life happens and you deal with it and move on. It gives you a deeper character. How do you deal with these things life throws at you and I think when you deal with it and get out the other side, that is another layer to you. You become richer and fuller.

Annette: Do you remember your feelings when the first Dallas show was shot and how different were they to the pilot of this Dallas?

Linda: Oh boy - so different. I remember my first day on the set in 1978 and there was snow on the ground. It was very cold, I had never been to Texas before, I didn't have many lines to say and I was working with these wonderful people.

I had never been away from my family, I had two children, a husband and a lot of an animals and I was in Dallas, Texas doing a TV show. I wanted to go home, I didn't want to be there, I didn't know why I was there. It was odd. Okay I have a job, I have made a lot of casseroles and frozen them, but I wanted to home. I was a fish out of water as they say. I was happy to be working, but I wasn't working enough to justify being there.

Then when they picked it up for series, I was like: 'Are you kidding me?'. As a mother it was very challenging for me.

Now, it was so lovely, what they didn't tell you is they took Cynthia and Mike Robin took the three of us (Linda, Patrick and Larry) to dinner and one of the first questions they both asked was when would you like to film in Texas. Now no actor in the history of acting has ever been asked 'when would you like to film' anywhere.

We were stunned and we had put in many years filming in the horrible heat and we all said October (blurting it out) and we got to start filming in October. That was such a respectful thing to do. So I thought right off from day one, they showed us such respect, it was like a dream job.

Catch the first season of the new Dallas on M-Net (channel 101) every Tuesday at 21:00 and the repeat on Wednesdays at 16:00.

She says she gets all nostalgic when she remembers the first day of shooting the first episode of the original Dallas, and now Linda Gray is making new memories with the reboot.
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