Claudia Joy's death in Season 7, Episode 1 is single handedly one of the most tragic moments in "Army Wives" history. Go behind the scenes, learn secrets and get a glimpse into the episode with these Straight From The Set photos that you can only find on myLifetime.com. While you're in the album, make sure to check out the other SFTS photos for a sneak peek of Season 7!
Even wonder how "Army Wives" creates the life-like (and sometimes bloody!) looks during operation scenes? "AW" makeup artist Jason Willis reveals his secrets on how he he worked with prosthetics to create the effect of these Season 6, Episode 8 wounds below:
For this thorachotomy, which was performed on Minji's husband, Jason created prosthetic shrapnel wounds, punched in chest and lower abdomen hair, and painted the silicone chest "skin" to match the actual trauma FX makeup on the actor's chest. Affixed blood tubing beneath chest skin and into the silicone chest cavity was added to show the surging of blood from the potentially fatal entry wound. The "skin" was sliced open and plastic ribs were spread apart to reveal the interior chest organs. There was also three people hiding beneath the gurney operated squeeze bulbs and blood syringe to create the beating heart, breathing lung and flowing blood into shrapnel-damaged area.
To create this compound tribial fracture, Jason painted and punched hair into foam latex prosthetic piece to match actor's skin tone and hair growth patterns. He also dressed the prosthetic piece with blood and gel products.
Are you surprised about how the "Army Wives'" makeup artist achieves his operation looks?
It's not "all work and no play" for the cast of "Army Wives"! Check out exclusive pics of cast mates Terry Serpico (Frank Sherwood), Wendy Davis (Joan Burton), Bubba Bryant (Jeremy Sherwood) and Brian McNamara (Michael Holden) smiling for a picture at a celebrity softball game. The cast was there to show off their softball skills, but more importantly to support Louie's Kids, an organization that helps raise funds to treat childhood obesity.
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We hope our peers would say that we've learned to share since our Kindergarten days — even when it comes to our beloved Army Wives and Husbands! A lot of you have noticed Jeremy Davidson, the actor who plays Chase Moran, popping up on other shows, like "Brothers & Sisters," "Law & Order" and "White Collar"... just to name a few! We got a chance to chat with the hunky on-screen Delta Force Specialist to see what he loves most about "Army Wives."
We Asked: "We (and our highly-observant fans!) have noticed you on a lot of other TV shows this year. What makes working on "Army Wives" particularly special?"
Jeremy Answered: "My time on "Army Wives" has been a remarkable experience. And no matter how exciting it is to have a chance to work on other projects, the intimacy and trust I feel for the cast and crew of "Army Wives" is not something that just magically happens on every set.
Even though Chase isn't around so often, everyone has gone out of their way to make me feel like an integral part of the show's spirit. There's also no substitute for the effect time has on relationships, and I'm so grateful to have had a few years to honestly explore a marriage with Brigid. Yes, she's incredibly talented, but she's also deeply thorough in how she prepares. So I feel inspired and challenged to be better when I get to work with her. Wherever the writers decide to take the Moran family in the coming year, I am proud to be a part of that journey.
Click here to watch a video of Pamela and Chase's reunion and view pictures of the couple's renewed "I do"'s in the photos from "Army Wives" Season 5, Episode 7.
Do you want to see more Chase Moran on "Army Wives"? Share your favorite Chase moments in the comments below!
There’s a story behind this adorable christening dress that was worn by little Molly Sherwood in last week's "Army Wives" Episode 6!
Last week wasn't the first time the dress appeared on "Army Wives." Although Denise and Frank's daughter Molly Sherwood sported the mini-gown on "Walking Wounded," it was originally worn long ago by Amanda Holden… and has been seen in another episode of "Army Wives"! In Season 3, Episode 6, Claudia Joy gave it to Joan and Roland Burton to use for Sara Elizabeth and now the smallest Sherwood carries on the tradition.
Sometimes art imitates life, like for Katelyn Pippy, the actress who plays Emmalin Holden. On the show, the youngest Holden is off to college at (made-up) Woodsen University, and in real life, Katelyn is in school as well! We talked to Katelyn to find out how she juggled being on "Army Wives" and going to high school the last few years.
We Asked: Congratulations on your acceptance to Cornell how did you keep up with your high school studying while filming Army Wives? What is the best and worst part of being a full time actor during your teenage years?
Katelyn Answered: "Thanks so much! I kept up with my school work by doing online work through a charter school where I'm from, so when I was home I'd actually go into school. I also had a tutor for math, which I had some trouble teaching myself. I ended up with a 3.98 GPA though!
The best part of being an actor through my teenage years is getting to live all over the country and work with and learn from amazing, talented people. The worst part is that you miss out on a lot of the typical teenage experiences, like getting to do the school musical or going to dances. But I still had a great high school experience and made terrific friends, it just wasn't the typical one. But it was all worth it!"
Today also happens to be Katelyn Pippy's 18th birthday Happy Birthday, Katelyn!! Leave your wishes for the birthday girl below and tell us what question you would ask the "Army Wives" children.
Terry Serpico, who plays LT. Colonel Frank Sherwood on "Army Wives" is an actual Army brat himself! He also started his career as a stunt performer.
We Asked: You were an Army brat yourself and a stunt performer! How did your past prepare you for your role as Frank Sherwood and in what way?
Terry Answered: "Certainly, my having grown up on Army Posts around the world has informed my work as Ltc Sherwood. I have an intrinsic understanding of these men and women, their military decorum and behavior. I believe that the most influential element in terms of playing Frank, however, is my father. He is, was and always will be a soldier. I grew up with a man who shares his core values and love of the Army with Frank. My father and my character are duty bound to defend this nation and the families that call her home. I lace up my boots and the soldier within emerges. I'm quite spoiled actually.
As to my stunt experience... there is an unwritten clause in a stunt player's contract: The No Whining Clause. I try to employ that credo every day. If I'm going to pretend to be an officer, the least I can do is go about my job as an officer would; without complaint and with my mind on the mission.
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Over the last four seasons, we watched Lieutenant Colonel Joan Burton face the reality that she is suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury. We asked “Army Wives” actress Wendy Davis what it was like to portray someone dealing with TBI. Read on to see what she had to say:
We Asked: Fans are so impressed with your portrayal of someone dealing with TBI: traumatic brain injury. How did you prepare for this part of your role and what has the reaction been?
Wendy Answered: "Before my character Joan developed TBI, I had never heard of it. I watched a documentary series online called "In Their Boots" and I was shocked and filled with compassion for the people and families who live with TBI. I felt obligated to do right by them. The reaction has been overwhelming. Many people have sent sincere thanks for telling their stories, and that makes me feel like I'm making a difference for our soldiers, military families and America. Thanks for asking."
What question would you ask your favorite Army Wife?
As so many of you have told us, one of the reasons you love Pamela is because she’s so strong. We asked Brigid Brannagh, the actress who brings Pamela to life on “Army Wives,” what it was like learning how to play a cop in Season 4.
We Asked: Fans look up to Pamela’s strength and courage especially returning to work. Was it tough to learn to play a police officer?
Brigid Answered: "It was really interesting to learn about being a police officer. It's funny what some might consider the difficult part of acting, learning a new way of life in a crash course, is my favorite part about what I do. I loved learning about being a police officer it's an honor really, just as playing an army wife is an honor. So I wouldn't say it was tough as much as exciting and challenging."
What question would you ask your favorite Army Wife?
Sterling K. Brown’s character Roland has seen his share of ups and downs over the past four seasons of "Army Wives," but through it all he has been surrounded by a great support network of women! We asked Sterling what is was like being the only man around.
We Asked: As the lone "Army Husband" what is it like being surrounded by women all day?
Sterling Answered: "I love women! But more specifically, I love these women. These women are my family. We spend half the year with one another, and my life has been greatly enriched because of their presence in my life. It is incredibly easy to love the incredibly lovable."
What question would you ask your favorite Army husband?