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'Before After' / Ep 102


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"MAJOR CRIMES" "Before and After" / Ep 102 TNT Ph: Karen Neal

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Updated: September 13, 2012 6:10AM

Mary McDonnell doesn’t want to be Pollyanna about turning 60.

“There is nothing fun when you get up from a chair and go, ‘Is that a little crick up my back? Are you kidding me?’ ” says the actress.

“I’m always shocked when my body clues me into the fact that I’m not 25 because I still feel that enthusiasm and the same amount of drive.”

She has enough drive to become TV’s new top cop. Monday on TNT, she returns as Capt. Sharon Raydor in “Major Crimes,” reprising a role she began on “The Closer.”

“On ‘The Closer,’ she was an antagonist,” says McDonnell. “When you police the police, your goal is not to make the police like you.

“Now, we found out she’s out to protect the people and the police. I’m an outsider who steps into the inside.”

McDonnell made her name in films including “Dances With Wolves” (1990) and “Independence Day” (1996).

Would she ever team with Costner again?

“We will do something when the right project emerges or we decide to create one,” she says. “There is too much chemistry between us on screen not to explore it again.

“Almost ever single day someone asks me a question about ‘Dances With Wolves.’ Kevin is such a great guy. He’s a musician now on tour with his band, plus he acts and directs. He explores all of his passions, which I find completely admirable.”

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