The only complaint Emmy winner Alfre Woodard has about her latest role? The humidity. "Oh, my goodness! We're in our fourth month and everybody is like, 'I just need a breath of air that has no moisture in it,'" laughs the actress, who's been filming the new cop drama Memphis Beat (Tuesday, 10/9c, TNT) in New Orleans. Other than that, it sounds like the good times are rolling in the Big Easy.
TV Guide Magazine: Was playing Lt. Tanya Rice an easy sell for you?
Woodard: I was attracted to the fact that it's a police story, but it wasn't about DNA and fibers. It's about the characters, and they seem like real people who just happen to solve crimes.
TV Guide Magazine: Tonight's mystery gets personal for Tanya when she catches the eye of a handsome Coast Guard officer. Details, please!
Woodard: Some things are a surprise, but I'll just say he's very bold, approaching me to the point that I can't believe it. He is younger and persistent.
TV Guide Magazine: True Blood fans are digging you as Lafayette's mother...
Woodard: That was so much fun, because she's nuts and awful. I'm doing it because [Nelsan Ellis] asked me. He said, "Would you be my mama?" At first it was only one scene and they called saying, "It's only a few lines." And I said, "Are they good lines? Hell, I'll do it if they are good lines." I've shot three episodes already and there will be more.