Kyra Sedgwick isn't too proud to admit she's no longer on Hollywood's A-list. "To be perfectly frank, there was a time when I was on a really fast trajectory [towards movie stardom]," says the 39-year-old actress. "Then, I got married and had kids. And you know what? I kind of blew it."I didn't really blow it, of course," she adds, "but I stopped my own flow. I met the right person, we wanted to have kids and we did. Somewhere along the way, doing studio pictures just stopped for me and I don't know why. But I can tell you that it's my road and it won't look like anyone else's and for that, I'm very proud."
The latest stop on Sedgwick's career path is a just-released indie film, The Woodsman. She plays Vickie, a woman with a troubled past who falls in love with Walter, a convicted pedophile recently released from prison. Tough stuff, made even tougher by the fact that Sedgwick's co-star in the movie is her real-life husband Kevin Bacon.
"It's the hardest acting job I've ever had to do by far," Sedgwick says of working with Bacon. "There's a trust there that lets us go to deep places, but we know we can go to deep places anyway. He's an unbelievably amazing actor. You throw the ball and he throws it back in an interesting and surprising way. As much as I know him, I'm constantly amazed at his choices, which really is where your talent lies.
"I think we've gotten a little braver about working together," Sedgwick continues. "I had a career before I met Kevin and vice versa. In some ways, the fact that we're married has worked against me. I never wanted to capitalize on it or jump on his coattails. I also don't think that people like seeing couples working together very much. But [we feel like] we're good enough and we can pull this off."
Clearly, the couple feels secure enough in their personal life to take their professional relationship to the next level. Bacon recently finished directing his wife in the independent film Loverboy, which debuts at the Sundance Film Festival in January. "He's an amazing director," gushes Sedgwick. "I'd work with him as a director every time out."
But don't expect her to return the favor. "I don't want to direct," she says. "I am a good producer — I'm good at hiring other people to do jobs I know I can't do. As far as directing goes, I just don't know if I have the head for it. I'd be good working with actors, but would have trouble visualizing how it all comes together."