Holly Hunter is happy with her ‘Grace’ experience

BY Penny Soldan Modified: March 29, 2010 at 8:51 am •  Published: March 28, 2010
Award-winning actress Holly Hunter has spent more time playing Oklahoma City police detective Grace Hanadarko than any other character.

She especially enjoyed filming the fourth and final season of "Saving Grace,” which kicks off at 9 p.m. Monday on TNT.


"I’ve loved all the things I’ve gotten to do as Grace that I’ve never gotten to do before,” Hunter said. "Some I don’t want to (reveal) because they’re in the last episodes. But the extremities of her physical life have been fun to play.

"Grace, as a whole, is a character who I adore.”

Counting Season 4’s nine episodes, which wrapped up filming two weeks ago, Hunter has 46 hours of screen time as Grace. She had two hours or less in all her other roles, including her Oscar-winning performance in "The Piano” and her Emmy wins for "Roe vs. Wade” and "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom.”

For her work as the gutsy Oklahoma City detective with a last-chance angel named Earl, Hunter earned three Screen Actors Guild nominations, two Emmy nominations, a Gracie Allen Award and a Women in Film Lucy Award.

"I feel that four seasons of ‘Saving Grace’ is a real accomplishment that we are all very proud of,” Hunter said.