‘The Kominsky Method’ – Norman gets a girlfriend
Viewers may find themselves not recognizing ever-youthful-looking 68-year-old actress Jane Seymour under a wig of long gray hair in Season 2 of Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method.” Evidently, her co-star, longtime friend and ex-neighbor Michael Douglas didn’t.
“I’m standing there and he puts out his hand and says, ‘Hello, I’m Michael,’ ” Seymour recalls. “And I looked at Michael, I said, ‘You really don’t know who I am? It’s Jane,’ and he literally freaked out. I don’t know who he thought I was. I mean, he had read the scene. The only other old person in the scene would be me but he absolutely could not believe it was me. And actually a lot of people who have seen the show don’t really recognize me in it because of the gray wig.”
Seymour joins the Chuck Lorre-created comedy, which begins streaming Friday, Oct. 25, in the role of Madelyn, a recent widow who reconnects with her old flame from 50 years ago, Norman (Alan Arkin), the testy widowed agent of aging thespian-turned-acting coach Sandy Kominsky (Douglas).
Sandy also has someone re-entering his life, French ex-spouse Gabrielle (Jacqueline Bisset, “Dancing on the Edge”), who still delights in pushing his buttons, even as his relationship with his current love interest Lisa (Nancy Travis) moves forward. And Sandy’s daughter Mindy (Sarah Baker) has a new significant other as well, Martin (Paul Reiser, “Mad About You”), a ponytailed former high-school teacher who’s closer to Sandy’s age than hers.
As Norman gets reacquainted with his new/old flame, daughter Phoebe (Lisa Edelstein) comes out of rehab, intent on turning her life around and regaining her father’s trust. But his intense anger toward her is something Madelyn won’t tolerate.
“Madelyn had a very tempestuous marriage and her husband would get very angry,” Seymour explains. “And she just says it’s the one thing she can’t take is that kind of anger. And she realizes that life is too short and if he’s going to be angry or behave a certain way, especially towards his daughter, that she can’t handle it.”
As for Seymour and Arkin, they had no such problems. Though they had never worked together before, Seymour reports their chemistry was immediate but she adds that Arkin needed to resolve one issue before filming began.
“He was very concerned because he was going to be playing love scenes … and he wanted his wife to be comfortable with it,” Seymour says. “So one of the first things that happened was we all went out for a lovely brunch and kind of got to know one another. And I thought that was so sweet. …
“But he is fantastic. He’s great to work with and always right there and his delivery is impeccable. It was just a joy.”