'The Closer's' Kyra Sedgwick: There's 'a grieving and a mourning that has to be honored'

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Zap2it: Now that it's the end of the road for you with "The Closer," are you satisfied that the audience has rolled with the punches of everything you've gone through as police interrogator Brenda Leigh Johnson?

Kyra Sedgwick: Oh, yeah, for sure. I remember the first year, people would say, "She's kind of a b****," ... but as they got to know her more, I never heard that anymore. I think they really liked the fact that she was a powerful woman who wasn't apologizing for being powerful, and a woman who would do anything to be an advocate for the victim.

She became more morally ambiguous, and some of the things she did were tougher to swallow, but I think there was a lot of good will toward her at that point.

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Zap2it: How difficult has it been to separate from fellow actors and a creative team that you've been with for seven years?

Kyra Sedgwick: I can't imagine ever having that again. It's huge. It becomes a second family because you are spending so much time with them, really even more than you are with your own family. And with that comes great intimacy, so there's very definitely a grieving and a mourning that has to be honored.

Zap2it: Since filming of "The Closer" ended, have you found whatever you were hoping to?

Kyra Sedgwick: Happily, I don't think I had any great expectations about what things would be like ... but I can tell you that I've really been enjoying the time off.

The series finale of "The Closer" airs Monday, Aug. 13 on TNT.
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