Catherine Zeta-Jones joins Michael Sheen in ‘Prodigal Son’

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Catherine Zeta-Jones was already a fan of “Prodigal Son,” so when the possibility got here to affix the present, she jumped, lured by the prospect of working alongside Michael Sheen.

The Welsh actors have been born in cities about an hour aside and moved in comparable circles throughout their youth with out ever realizing one another. She was born in Swansea and Sheen was born in Newport seven months aside.

“Now we have all these mutual pals, however we’ve by no means crossed. My mother and pa know his dad,” she mentioned Tuesday in a digital Tv Critics Affiliation panel. “It’s weird. That was, in fact, an enormous pull for me.”

Zeta-Jones joins Fox’s “Prodigal Son” in Tuesday’s episode, directed by co-star Lou Diamond Phillips. Beforehand, the Oscar winner had carried out visitor episodes and appeared in TV motion pictures and miniseries, however by no means an everyday sequence position.

She performs Dr. Vivian Capshaw and Alan Cumming seems in two episodes as a cocky Europol agent.

“It’s a household drama with a twist of hazard and it’s a darkish household,” Zeta-Jones mentioned. “I gravitate to type of darkish materials.”

Sheen’s presence elevated the consolation degree for Zeta-Jones to return onto a set the place the forged and crew had already been collectively for a season. He performs an incarcerated serial killer surgeon.

“As quickly as Lou shouted, ‘Lower,’ Michael and I went into inside jokes, Tommy Cooper impressions,” she mentioned, referring to the British comic.

Phillips mentioned, “She got here like a group participant, she got here to play. It was seamless.”

Zeta-Jones informed her agent she needed to affix the present on the identical day she was watching “The View” speak present.

“Whoopi Goldberg simply randomly offers it this unbelievable type of thumbs up and I’m like, ‘Sure, that’s what I’m speaking about,’” she mentioned. “That was like a stamp of approval that got here from nowhere.”

The present’s second season is presently airing on Fox, and the primary season started streaming Tuesday on HBO Max.

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