The News Times, 13-11-1995
Laura Innes finds fame as ERs queen of mean.
By Mike Duffy
For millions of ER fans, Dr. Kerry Weaver is the walking, talking
Embodiment of the B-word. You know, thymes with rich and sound
Like witch. The sort of instantly abrasive character we love to loathe.
Weaver, the bossy sawbones portrayed by Laura Innes on Americas
No. 1 show, has become a refreshingly provocative ER newcomer this
Fall. She undercuts the conventional, Innes said. We expect TV
Characters to be warm and charming and have an identifiable sense of
Humour. Kerry is none of those things. Which is one big reason why
Shes so darn much fun.
Especially for Innes, who did a 180 to play Weaver after creating daft
Chucklehead moments during quest appearances on Wings as the
Slutty-but-sweet Bunny, ex-wife of Lowell (Thomas Haden Church).
Go far, Slutty-but-sweet does not exactly define Kerry Weaver.
Shes so totally unembellished and to the point, and always very
smart, Innes said during a recent phone interview from her home in
suburban Los Angeles, pondering her frosty alter ego while keeping an
eye on her playful 4-year-old son, Cal. Kerry has a social problem in
dealing with others. Thats the nice way of putting is, Innes added.
Shes someone who just lives her life and does her work and doesnt
care what people think of her.
Particularly her Chicago hospital peers at County General, where
Weaver, the brusque Chief resident, has become a prickly source of
Aggravation for everyone from Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) to
Doug Ross (George Clooney). Ross got so riled he even made cruel fun
Of Weavers physical disability, a noticeable limp. Noticeable but, so
Far, unexplained. Its a permanent disability, said Innes, who uses an
Orthopaedic cane when playing Weaver. But its the intention of the
Producers that it not be about that, about her sad story. What were
Trying to do in not focusing on her diability is make it a normal thing.
Its not the stereotype of Oh, Pity me.