I had the opportunity to ask Amy Davidson some questions about her role as Kerry on 8 Simple Rules and her upcoming role as Helen in the Lifetime Movie Network mini series, The Capture of the Green River Killer. If you are a fan, check it out! She’s sweet, sincere and opened her heart about her tv dad John Ritter, Tom Cavanagh & her experience working with runaway teens with the charity Children of the Night.
Info from Lifetime Movie Network about the show: “For nearly 20 years, the Green River Killer haunted Washington State with a series of shocking murders. The LMN miniseries The Capture of the Green River Killer is told through the eyes of one young runaway, Helen “Hel” Remus [Davidson], whose fate, bad luck and unwise choices lead to her encounter with the notorious serial killer. Leading the hunt for the murderer is Sheriff David Reichert [played by Tom Cavanagh, Ed of Ed], who becomes so entangled in the case that he’s willing to risk his family and career to find justice for the slain girls.
Surprisingly, it’s a meeting with convicted serial killer Ted Bundy [played by James Marsters, Spike of Buffy the Vampire Slayer] that may help Reichert finally find his man, but bringing him to justice will be anything but easy. Follow this incredible true-crime tale that’s based on the book Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer by Sheriff David Reichert.”
The Green River Killer story is told through your character’s eyes. That’s a major role and a heavy, heavy story! How was that? Fun, intimidating, a bit of both?
First of all, Hel is a dream role for me… I’d been saying that I wanted to do something completely different from me. From what I’d played in the past. And this was definitely it! I don’t think I was necessarily intimidated, but I did feel the weight on my shoulders. Memorializing these girls was my number one priority so it was important to tell the story as honest as I possibly could… And I had a blast filming! One of the greatest experiences to date!
Have you worked with anyone from the cast before and is there anyone specific you would love to work with again?
Never worked with anyone before… It was such a great cast, I’d love to work with them again… Tom was a dream! He is such a generous actor. We talked a lot about what was going on in a specific scene which really helps bring clarity. I would love to work with Tom again! Sharon Lawrence was wonderful and I think we really look like mother and daughter. Maybe there will be another opportunity for that!
Two of my favorite guys on TV are in this: Tom Cavanagh & James Marsters. How was it working with Tom?
Like I said, Tom was amazing… He’s one of those people that really LOOKS at you when you’re talking… He makes you feel like you are doing an amazing job. John Ritter [Davidson’s tv dad on 8 Simple Rules, who passed away during filming one of the later seasons] was like that. To me, its a beautiful thing. No one has to be supportive. Or encouraging… So when someone goes out of their way to extend a loving hand, it warms my heart.
Do you have any plans to return to series television anytime soon and if so, do you have a preference between another comedy or more of a drama?
I would love to do a comedy or drama! The best thing about this business is that one day you are pounding the pavement- the next you are on a hit show!
Do you stay in touch with any of your 8 Simple Rules castmastes, such as Katey Sagal or Kaley Cuoco?
Kaley [played her older sister] and I are extremely close… We are sisters now. It’s a strange day when we don’t talk or text or email! Martin [played the little brother] and I are close as well… That’s the beauty of a cast. You are linked for life. Katey [obviously played their mother] is still a mother to me. If I need anything she is there. And then we have grandpa! We have lunch with Jim [Garner, Jennifer Garner’s father, and the grandpa on the show] every 3 months or so… We go to his country club or Nate and Al’s. That’s a very important relationship in my life. I love that man!
You’ve been in things with many big name actors, including John Ritter in 8 Simple Rules, Betty White in Hallmark’s Annie’s Point and Tyne Daly in Judging Amy among others. Do you have a favorite and did you learn anything from playing opposite so many seasoned performers?
I have had the honor of working with legends… And that is something I don’t take for granted. They all taught me something unique. John was the most humble man… You never would hear him boasting about himself. It was all about us “kids.” He was always teaching us something. About life, love, the business. He was a wealth of knowledge and the most magnetic person I’ve ever come in contact with.
You are involved with volunteering for Children of the Night. What is it and how did you get involved?
Children of the Night is an organization that rescues kids from the streets and provides a home for them where they have a support system. Where they see the possibilities of a different life… Dr. Lois Lee is the founder and an extraordinary woman… She works hands on with these kids and truly makes a difference… While I was filming, there was something inside me that wanted to go further with the knowledge that I was receiving. I wanted to reach out. To be a part of something bigger than me. So when I got home we contacted Children of the Night. Volunteering is so rewarding. I learn so much from these girls. And if my being there makes the slightest impact then I know I’m doing something right…
You like to cook, correct? I believe your most famous recipe is your low-fat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies… Do you have a favorite recipe to make besides that one? And could you share one of your recipes?
I can’t really say I “cook.” Although I try hard to make healthy food that tastes good and let’s just say that half of the time it works in my favor! I have a few dishes that I know will always turn out well. I make a killer spaghetti! My mom gave me that recipe… Can’t give that one out 🙂 I also love the crock pot! I make this easy dish that is so easy. Its called Tex Mex Chicken… All you do is throw in two frozen chicken breasts, a can of stewed tomatoes mexican style, a clove of minced garlic, a can of diced black olives and let it cook on high for about 4 hours! The chicken will be the most moist chicken you’ll ever have! After 4 hours scoop out the chicken and sauce over rice- I use brown. Then add Cotija cheese and cilantro! Its so yummy! Oh, and don’t forget to season it a little before it start to cook! [I have to say that sounds DELISH! Will definitely have to try it. :D]
I’ve watched the show and have to say it’s definitely worth your time! James Marsters and Tom Cavanagh are both hotties. 😉 And Amy is so great in the role of Helen. You feel her pain as she deals with her mother and her mother’s many creepy boyfriends and you feel Reichert’s pain as he sees young women brutally murdered over and over again and is unable to stop it. James is awfully uh, scary as serial killer Ted Bundy. (Nothing like our sweet Dexter! 😉 ) So anyway, check it out on Lifetime Movie Network (Lifetime’s sister network) on Sunday for part 1 & Monday for part 2, starting at 8/7c. Thanks again, Amy! You’re terrific!