‘Big Love‘s Jeanne Tripplehorn might not have seen an episode of TLC’s real life polygamy family reality series, ‘Sister Wives,’ but she doesn’t need to see the show to confess two things: 1. It wasn’t very wise for them to out themselves, and 2. It lends credence to her show’s authenticity.
“No,” said Tripplehorn, who plays ‘Big Love’s number one wife Barb Henrickson, on whether she’s seen ‘Sister Wives,’ at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) Respect Awards in Beverly Hills, California on Friday night, honoring ‘Modern Family.’
“But somebody told me that it’s very similar to the Henricksons. And, it’s another example of how art and life mirror each other,” she continued. “And if it is like our show, then I think it’s a real testament to Mark [Olsen] and Will [Scheffer], our creators, because they do this incredible research and they are all about it being real and based in fact.”
In light of the recent news that the ‘Sister Wives’ family, the Browns, might be brought up on felony bigamy charges, Tripplehorn said, “It’s probably not the smartest thing to out yourself like that [with] the laws in Utah, but then again they probably did it because it makes great reality TV. They’ll probably have the cameras following them. I don’t know, reality TV. I don’t know what’s real and what’s not. For all I know they did go on the air just to out themselves and have more drama.”
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As for how her fictitious family will handle the fallout from outing themselves last season, she said, “We definitely circle the wagon. The family circles the wagons and we stay together. So there will be a lot more focus on the family – Bill and the wives and how they deal with coming out.”
When asked if she was surprised that character Barb got up on stage, where hubby Bill just won the Utah State Senate race, she said, “No, because ‘Big Love,’ that’s the title. Barb loves Bill. That’s the bottom line and she’ll do anything for him.”
Adding to next season’s drama will be Robert Patrick, who reportedly plays Bud Mayberry, the leader of a polygamist fringe group, and Gregory Itzin, who plays Senator Richard Dwyer, the Republican Majority Leader of the Utah State Senate. “Oh my God. Robert Patrick,” squealed Ginnifer Goodwin (Margene Henrickson). “He is from a compound. He’s not from Juniper Creep. He’s of his own sect. I don’t know what else I’m allowed to say. It’s better, honestly, than ever it was. My favorite season ever yet. I’m not just saying that.”
‘Big Love’ Returns On HBO in early 2011. Are you excited for the new season? Hit the comments!