Country music entertainer Reba McEntire’s most well-known acting role was her stint as “Reba Nell Hart” on her hit sitcom Reba, where she played a witty and sometimes cynical single mother trying to survive life after divorce.
Now we will see the fiery McEntire in a role that she seems to have been destined for: a sheriff in a small Southern town.
The new series called Red Blooded, created by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids), casts McEntire as “Sheriff Ruby Adair” and is set in Oxblood, Kentucky following a terrorist attack on the hometown 4th of July parade.
The pilot of Red Blooded has already been shot, however the actually filming of the series will not start until July. McEntire will have to mentally prepare for the complicated character she will play.
“I’m a dark character,” McEntire says. “I’ve got a lot of flaws and demons, and I’m having a lot of problems in my personal life. My town is being disrupted, and I’m having to deal with it all. I’m under a lot of stress.”
McEntire is certainly up for the challenge, and many more to come in her acting career. She wants to play many different parts and has no intention of being known for playing only one type of character.
“A dream role would be ten different kinds because I would like to hit all facets—the kooky neighbor down the hall or the heroine in a western,” said Reba.
“There are a lot of times when I go to movies and I say, ‘Why didn’t they cast me for that part? I could have done that!” There’s just so many different types. I love to watch television. I love movies. So acting is something that entertains me. Television and movies entertain me. I love to be entertained, but I also love to entertain people. By watching that, I want to get in there and do it myself,” explained the versatile performer.
Stay tuned to find out when we can see “Sheriff Ruby” in action!