Celebrity Scoop: Amanda Peet
"Luckily it was a children's play," says Peet, who stars in
In the sitcom, Peet plays Alex, a recently divorced mom whose ex is imprisoned for securities fraud. She's renovating a house and hires Pete (
Peet understands why.
"He should be a movie star," Peet says. "That he is not is astounding to me. I don't think there is anyone like him. He is
She also relates to Alex as a mom, as she reassures a child on her cellphone.
It's clear from the pilot that Pete and Alex will fall for each other despite themselves.
"It's an animal attraction," Peet says. "I think she is going to fight it tooth and nail."
This sitcom marks Peet's return as a series regular, five years after her role on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."
Peet has matured on television and is the first to say so, reflecting on her days on "Jack & Jill."
"I was fairly badly behaved on that show," she says of the 1999-2001 WB sitcom. "I was terrified and felt really trapped. Some really wonderful writers were passing me the ball. Instead, I whined about wanting to be a movie star. I learned my lesson real quick."
Family: Married to screenwriter David Benioff (
Describe your character: "She's a Type A personality who is recovering from having made a very bad decision with her ex," she says.
Education: degree in American history from Columbia University
Favorite books: "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien, "The Member of the Wedding" by
Favorite movies: "Tootsie," "Broadcast News"