'Nurse Jackie' star Peter Facinelli on lesbian divorce, Season 4 and life after 'Twilight'

peter-facinelli-nurse-jackie-3-large.jpgAs Dr. Fitch Cooper on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie," Peter Facinelli does not have an easy road.

Despite his character's best efforts, he remains an outsider at All Saints' Hospital -- most recently thanks to his indiscretion with co-worker Sam's ( Arjun Gupta) girlfriend and the resulting broken nose he's forced to wear like a scarlet letter.

So in the interest of kicking a man while he's down, the April 25 episode breaks the unsettling news that Coop's two mothers are getting a divorce. Bad news for him, but good news for everyone else, as they're played by guest actresses Swoosie Kurtz and Judith Light.

"He's been kind of knocked off of his horse... he's at a low point in his life," Facinelli tells Zap2it. "For him, the arc this season is that he needs to grow up a little bit. So in pure Coop fashion, he decides to grow up in all the wrong ways."

The major catalyst for this need to mature comes with the separation. "His family gets ripped apart through divorce," he says. "He then decides he's going to find a girl and get married as soon as possible. It has nothing to do with love. It's the pure fact of wanting to replace the family that he's lost."

That family looks a little different than the last time we saw them in the Season 1 episode "Tiny Bubbles." Blythe Danner, obligated to movie role during production, was unable to return as one of the mothers, leaving the door wide open for Light.

"They're fantastic, I love them," says Facinelli says of his fictional parents. "Judith stepped in, and she knocked it out of the ballpark. It's always fun for me to be able to play opposite my moms. I hope we get to see more of them. They bring a great element to the show and you get to know Coop a little bit and why he is what he is."

More of the mothers Cooper will require a Season 4, which, though not yet official, is something Facinelli would obviously like to see. "I find it to be a strong show and I'd love to do another season," he says. "I would hate to end after three seasons. I feel like we have more to explore."

When we spoke with Facinelli, he was wrapping up his work on the final two installments of the "Twilight" series, in which he stars as another ( vampire) doctor, Carlyle Cullen. "Twilight" and "Jackie" likely being the two biggest serial projects of the actor's career (since he made a name for himself in 1998's "Can't Hardly Wait"), we asked him what was next move now that at least one of those obligations was coming to an end.

"We've been filming for six months, so some time off would be nice," he says, laughing. "I don't know what my next gig is going to be. I did a film that I wrote produced and starred in last fall, and that's in post production."

"Loosies," Facinelli's first feature project as a writer, follows a New York pickpocket who discovers he unwittingly fathered a child with a one-night stand. "We're going to have a distributors screening soon," adds Facinelli, "so hopefully that will be coming out in theaters."
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