cast member on Brothers and Sisters
, has revealed about her relationship with her on-screen mother and costar Sally Field
. Despite their bittersweet relationship on the show, both Emmy contenders have admitted their delight in working with each other.
"They've been best friends, they pick on each other, love each other, hate each other ... it's just like anybody's family," says Flockhart, who currently portrays the character Kitty Walker, the conservative daughter of Field’s character Nora Walker, who is widowed and liberal minded, on the ABC series Brothers and Sisters
"Nora needs Kitty as much as Kitty needs Nora. They're the most similar to each other in the family, so they know how to push each other's buttons," Field has added.
So far, their biggest dispute has been over the Iraq conflict. "Nora was seemingly holding Kitty responsible for sending [Nora's younger brother] Justin to war. So they have their issues," Flockhart has explained.
As for their off-cam relationship, Flockhart reveals that she respects and loves working with Field. In turn Field has mentioned that Flockhart has "zero, zero ego…it's always about how we can get it better. She's just sensational."
Both actresses have positively taken on the roles created by Jon Robin Baitz, and have considered their participation on the series as an opportunity to break barriers in the depiction of contemporary women. "There are not a lot of youngish Republican women on TV. She's passionate about her political views, but she's not rigid," Flockhart has said.
As for Field’s perception on their roles, she says, “We are not the stereotype of the 'Father Knows Best' mother who stands around, applauds everybody else and puts salve on their wounds. We are to be reckoned with ourselves; we are colorful and an important group who have changed a lot of images of who women are.”
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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