The patriarch of Fort Marshall, Major General Michael Holden, has been through amazing highs and lows on "Army Wives" a promotion, the death of a daughter, the betrayal of a friend but what do we know about the man behind this buttoned-up character?
The "Army Wives" Blog brings you an exclusive Q&A with Golden Globenominated actor Brian McNamara, featuring questions from selected show fans. See if yours was answered by the General, and what he has to say about the upcoming Season 4!
You've done a lot of television work! Have you ever shot any great TV pilots that were never picked up that you wish had been?
During my career I'd say there have been about a dozen pilots that never got a chance, that were very good shows. It's incredibly hard to get a pilot picked up. So many elements have to come together.
What's the most embarrassing early acting job you had?
In the late '80s Debbie Reynolds and I were undercover detectives dressed as middle-aged cleaning women in a MOW [Movie of the Week] called "Sadie and Son." Definitely my most embarrassing acting job.
Apparently Katherine Fugate and April Webster had been looking for [someone to play] the role of Michael for quite a while. I was called in at the Nth hour, and Katherine felt that she'd finally found the actor to do it. I'm so grateful. I love playing Michael.
Have you gone through any military training for the show to get a sense of the lifestyle of being a general? Have any real Army generals given you any pointers?
Initially I only had my brother Christopher as a role model. He is a retired Navy captain. I think people were impressed with my quiet air of command, which is all thanks to Chris. Since then I've been incredibly fortunate to shadow Major General Anthony Cucolo, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division based out of Fort Stewart, Georgia. He and his wife were huge inspirations.
What's the most difficult part of playing someone like Michael Holden? What's the most rewarding?
I'd say the greatest challenge to playing Michael is emotional. I'm a very emotional person, and many of the things that Michael confronts require me to keep Brian's emotions in check. The most rewarding is to be part of a show, cast and production team that strive every day to get it right. We all take great pride in honoring the men, women and families who comprise the United States Military and who risk a great deal to protect our freedoms.
Why do you think that Michael's reaction to Denise's adultery storyline was so strong?
It's Michael's belief that when a soldier is risking his or her life, it is the duty of their spouse back home to be faithful and keep things stable on the home front so their soldier in the field can keep their mind on the mission.
Your relationship with your children on the show comes across as so genuine on screen. Are you a father in real life?
I am the father of two extraordinary people who are, by far and away, the greatest source of joy and pride in my life. In fact, my daughter just started her freshman year at College of Charleston, where we film "Army Wives," so I'm thrilled to have her so close to me during the season. The cast and crew also adore her, and she's become very good friends with Katelyn Pippy, who plays Emmalin.
One of the fans' favorite Michael Holden scenes in "Army Wives" is of you punching Paolo in the face. What's one of yours?
One of my favorite scenes was when Michael and Emmalin reconcile. However, as I often tell people, every time I get to act with Kim Delaney I'm in heaven. She is such an incredibly talented actor, and I still marvel at our ability to play off each other ... to say nothing of her beauty! I've got the greatest job in the world. ;-)
You've directed some of the "Army Wives" webisodes featured on myLifetime.com. What's more challenging acting or directing? Is this something you'd like to do more of?
I'll never lose my love for acting, but I do love directing as well. The challenge of constantly moving forward during shooting so that you never waste the time or talents of the crew you're working with is very exhilarating. Getting to work with Sterling K. Brown, Wendy Davis and Richard was also a great thrill. I am lobbying, and my hope is to get to direct full episodes at some point. Fingers crossed.
What do you do in your time off from the show?
During the off-season I just enjoy my time with my son.
What can you tell us about Season 4 without spoiling anything for us?
The fun part is that, to a certain degree, we are in the dark too. Which makes it fun to read each new script. Stay along for the ride, and, honestly, thank you all so much for watching.
We told you the finale would be dramatic! We bet you believe us now! Did Jeremy shoot himself while his parents were right outside the house? Will Joan survive the enemy attack? Are the Morans done for good? Wow! So much drama. At least the LeBlancs got good news about Roxy expecting a little one and Michael got his big promotion. But what havoc Lenore Baker will cause for the Holdens now that she’s back is anybody’s guess! Oh, how we missed Lenore and her evil antics. She always keeps things lively. Remember how she made up that rumor that Michael wasn’t Amanda’s dad? So vicious, but that’s why we love to hate her.
Now it’s time to vote in our weekly poll. If you want to catch an encore of the finale, you can watch it online starting on Monday. (It’ll be up for 30 days, so enjoy!) And as we’ve said before, keep coming back to the blog to get updates on the next season we’ll be posting all year long and we want to keep hearing from you. Now, time for the poll, so have at it!
"Army Wives" star Brian McNamara explains why his character, General Michael Holden, has such a hard time dealing with Denise's forbidden relationship with Getti in this latest clip from "Army Wives Confidential":
Kim & Brian (Claudia Joy & Michael Holden)
Outspoken and opinionated, Sagittarius is the sign of the truth teller. Delivering inspirational messages--like Claudia Joy's impassioned speeches about military wives--is this sign's specialty. In love, Sagittarius women won't settle for less than a fiery and all-consuming connection. They are naturally independent, but can make rash decisions which infuriate the people who care about them.
Scorpio is the famed "sex sign," and these men smolder with magnetic charm. Fiercely loyal, they'll defend the ones they love until the end. They can become obsessed with power and will work tirelessly to rise through the ranks in their career (hello, General Holden). Underneath it all, they are sensitive and easily hurt, which is why they only let a few trusted souls get close to their hearts.
Kim + Brian In Real Life: Sagittarius + Scorpio
There's intense chemistry between these two, both on and off-screen. Both signs crave adventure and lust for power. Sagittarius (Kim) is a sunny optimist while Scorpio (Brian) can be dark and brooding. Shoring up his moods could become an exhausting task. Since Scorpio guards his privacy with his life, her blunt nature could send shivers down his spine. A love/hate relationship could emerge; still, they'll have a hard time keeping their hands off each other.
For your own forecast, including daily, weekly and career and money horoscopes, check out our Astrology section!
In a tight battle for the finish, our "Army Wives" Blog poll shows that you would add "Roxy Fights For Betty's" as your favorite moment from the Season 2 finale episode.
Do you think the best moment won? If you disagree, let us know!
Diplomat Paolo Ruiz faces the music, but General Michael Holden doesn't like the tune in another dramatic episode of "Army Wives." After Claudia Joy's attack, General Holden confronts Paolo, who seems to place the blame on the "mixed signals" he claimed to be receiving from his wife.
During some stern instructions from the Pentagon, General Holden learns that Paolo will be receiving diplomatic immunity, a revoked visa and a mere slap on the wrist for the attack, and even learns that Paolo requests that he be present at the diplomat's departure from post.
Were you shocked to see how Michael reacted to the news? Do you think he crossed the line of following orders and protocol and became too emotional? How do you think he handled it differently than Claudia Joy's hostage situation in Season 1 when he was in charge of the negotiations?
Why don't you post your thoughts here on the blog and share them with your fellow "Army Wives" fans now?
We had a post yesterday from Lifetime member Scrappygypsy. She wanted to know if Emmalin, Claudia Joy and Michael's youngest, was being played by a different actress this season.
If you've just finished watching the "Army Wives" Season 2 premiere (watch part one of the episode below), then your eyes are probably a little bit blurry while reading this because you've just been sobbing over the aftermath of the Hump Bar explosion. (I cried too while watching the show, if it makes you feel better.) Poor Claudia Joy and Michael, losing their eldest daughter. The final scene of the episode was simply heartbreaking and so memorable.
Here are a few of my other top show moments: Roxy watching deployed husband Trevor's emotional video, Pamela confessing her guilt over the now-deceased resident gossip Marilyn, the Joan–Roland reconnection in the hospital… Am I missing any? Tell me what you liked best!
Then after you dish on what happened in this week's show, I've got three suggestions for you:
1) Watch the premiere again! (It's just as good a second time.) See the first video installment above and then click here to watch the rest of the full episode of the Season 2 premiere of “Army Wives” online.
2) Click here to download one of the songs featured in the “Army Wives” premiere: “Nowhere to Now-here” by the Kin. It's free!
3) Stop back tomorrow for some late-breaking news about the “Army Wives” show and site.
See ya soon!