Carrie Preston has nailed her role on ‘Claws’

'The Good Wife' Emmy winner nears the end of her TNT series

Carrie Preston of ‘Claws’ Sunday on TNT

Q: What have you enjoyed the most about playing Polly on “Claws”?

A: I think the most joyous thing about playing Polly is that Polly is also playing about 50 other people at the same time that she’s her own self … so it’s almost like I get the benefit of having an entire career’s worth of roles in one role. And I’ve had the great fortune of working with producers and writers on this show that understand that. And they write to that, and they give me the freedom to come up with any kind of personae that I want. You don’t usually get that.

It really gave me the freedom to say, “Hey, y’all, I wanna put on a persona today. I wanna do this and this and this, and can I have this kind of costume?” That has been really the gift of a lifetime. I don’t know if I’ll ever quite have a role like Polly again. It gets to be like I have multiple personality disorder.

Q: You also got to direct this final season’s third episode of “Claws.” How was that for you?

A: There’s a lot of fun stuff that happens in that particular episode. In every episode, we get what we call ” ‘Claws’-ian moments” where we kind of take things to a heightened level, and there’s a particularly fun one in that episode.

Q: What do you think “Claws” will be remembered for?

A: While we were doing the show, the whole #MeToo movement was happening. We were pushing a sense of women working with each other, not against each other, and diversity onscreen – not just racially, but economically, being able to take charge of our own lives and not depend on men to allow that to happen. I think that’s definitely going to be the legacy of the show.

‘Claws’ stays sharp in its last round

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