Kate Jackson sails back to TV with thriller 'Adrift'

April 13, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

HOLLYWOOD — Kate Jackson is in a New Zealand state of mind.

The former "Charlie's Angel" spent six weeks in the land down under late last year filming the CBS thriller "Adrift," which premieres tonight at 9 on WBAL (Channel 11). Though she has been back in Los Angeles for nearly three months, Ms. Jackson (( can't stop talking about her experiences in Gisborne, New Zealand.

"I have to tell you this because I love this story," Ms. Jackson says.

Gisborne is called "the first city of the sun," she says. "When the sun rises, the first rays of the sun hit the Earth in Gisborne, and it marks the new day for the whole rest of the world."

Care packages from Gisborne are always arriving at Ms. Jackson's house these days, from ginger biscuits to various knickknacks.

"These are from friends I made there," Ms. Jackson says, showing off a wooden plate and tiny wooden container. "Two families, a woman and her family, and her mother and father, who ran the Whispering Sands Motel. It was on the ocean, but back from the ocean. The weather was incredible."

In "Adrift," Jackson plays Katie Nast, a married attorney who recently had an extramarital affair. In order to rekindle the spark in her marriage, she and her husband (Kenneth Welsh) decide to set sail across the Pacific Ocean for three months.

One day, they come across a disabled boat with two people aboard (Bruce Greenwood and Kelly Rowan) who are starving and near death. When the Nasts rescue the couple, strange things begin to happen.

The lithe actress went into training for her part. "I worked out really hard so I could hoist the sail," she says. "When it came time to do the scuba part, I could say, 'I can do that. I can swim. I can do this. I can do that.' I got to do all of those wonderful things."

Filming on a boat in turbulent waters was difficult. Ms. Jackson credits her director, Christian Duguay, for making the production run as smoothly as it did. "He had every shot in his head," Ms. Jackson says. "He is one of the top five Steadicam operators in the world. He would strap on that Steadicam and we would be doing scenes."

Ms. Jackson's next project "Arly Hanks," a pilot for CBS, takes her to Atlanta. "It's kind of like 'Picket Fences' and 'Northern Exposure,' " she explains. "It takes place in Arkansas.

"[My character has] been in New York living with my husband, who ran off with a foot model. So I've gone back to Arkansas where my mother and this whole cast of characters live. I am the sheriff, entry-level position. It's an ensemble piece, so, hopefully, I won't have to be standing in front of the camera for it to turn."

Ms. Jackson has received many offers to do series, but was real "gun shy" after the failure of her last, NBC's 1988 comedy "Baby Boom." Her previous series, "Dark Shadows," "The Rookies," "Charlie's Angels" and "Scarecrow and Mrs. King," were hits.

"I am comfortable [doing a series]," Ms. Jackson says. "I have done it for so long. I just know how to do it. I like to have that structure in my life."

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