What is Toni Collette doing these days?
—Morris St. John, Gulfport, Mississippi
Toni Collette, 40, is back on television after a two-year hiatus, following the cancelation of “United States of Tara,” for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy.
Her new series is CBS’ 15-episode “Hostages.” She stars as a surgeon whose family has been taken hostage in their home, in order to force her to kill the president of the United States when he goes under her knife.
“I find myself on set having to pinch myself because it seems so far-fetched, but the way it’s told is so real,” says the Sydney, Australia-born actress. “It’s really quite challenging because the stakes are so high. It’s horrible to think about because at every turn she’s thwarted. With every idea of what the outcome could be, or what her options are, there’s an opposing idea. So it’s a matter of balancing, trying to weigh things, and just trying to get her family out of it safely.”
Collette, who has appeared in the feature films “Hitchcock,” “Fright Night” and “Mental” during her TV break, says she returned to working on the small screen because her experience on “Tara” made her appreciate the medium of television.
“To tell you the truth, I’m loving watching a lot of TV at the moment,” she says, listing “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Wire.” “I tend to watch things in boxed sets and I think TV’s where it’s at, at the moment. In the last few years since ‘Tara,’ I’ve opened myself to what was happening, but nothing really was floating my boat until this came along.”
Also upcoming for Collette, are the films “Lucky Them,” “Hector and the Search for Happiness,” “A Long Way Down” and “Enough Said,” scheduled for release later in 2013 or in 2014.