You probably won’t want to miss even one episode of “Political Animals”, USA Network’s “fun and fizzy” six-part mini-series premiering July 15. Following in the footsteps of “The Good Wife”, "Veep”and “Game Change”, Weaver plays a pantsuit- wearing public servant and divorced mother of two grown sons. When Morning Joe asked the nearly six-foot-tall Weaver last week if she enjoys playing “strong women,”she responded: “I don’t play strong women. I think all women are strong. I just play women.”
To ready herself for the role, Weaver read Madeleine Albright’s memoir “Madam Secretary,” studied New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s demeanor, and modeled herself after the mothers at the private school in Manhattan that her daughter, Charlotte, attended. “They’re the ones who rolled up their sleeves and got things done,” Weaver said.
Weaver is no stranger to the workings of Washington, D.C. “My father was Governor (Nelson) Rockefeller’s campaign manager,” Weaver said in one interview. “I actually worked on Capitol Hill and campaigned for Rocky to get the nomination as opposed to Nixon. That summer in Washington made me feel cynical about the system, and that was the 1970s. Actually, I’ve always been one to do very cause-related things. For me, it’s not so much about candidates, but about issues.” She is passionate about such issues as education and conservation, and one of her pet causes among others is not surprisingly The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.
And, what about national politics today? Here’s what her character says in the first episode: “I am sick to death of the (B.S.)” says Elaine. “The egos and the men. I am sick of the men. Just one time — just once — I would like to accomplish something in this city without having to spend all my energy navigating the shortsighted, selfish, self-involved and oh-so-fragile male egos that suck up all the oxygen in this town. It makes me so sick.”
You’re probably going to really like this show.