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Date: April 11, 2010
When Army Wives returns to Lifetime for its fourth outing tonight, it’s safe to assume we can expect an emotional episode. Last season’s cliffhanger saw a mixture of tragedy and joy as Denise and Frank arrived home to the sound of a gunshot, while Roxy revealed her pregnancy to Trevor. So, what can we expect this season? We caught up Sally Pressman – aka Roxy LeBlanc – to chat about the aftermath of her revelation, guest star Ann-Margret and why this season is “going to be a ride”…
The season three finale was really emotionally charged. Is it safe to assume the fourth season opening will be pretty intense?
“God, I have to think back… We’re shooting episode nine now so this was a while ago! The opener will be emotional, as our show tends to be quite often. There are no easy resolutions to a lot of the things going on. And that’s where the intensity comes from, I think.”
Season three ended with Roxy revealing to Trevor she was pregnant. He took the news well but had earlier been nervous about having a baby at this stage. Now the news has sunk in, how do they feel?
“Elated. The news that Roxy was pregnant immediately lifted any concerns Trevor had for sure. He is ecstatic and that allows her to be as well.”
How will their financial situation play out this season? Was Trevor right to worry that the baby might not have been a good idea?
“I think what is so great about Trevor and Roxy and what makes them real is that they are always struggling financially. Especially with the economy how it is today, it’s nice to see a couple that has real financial concerns on TV. They both work, they can’t replace a busted car and they have to juggle who’s going to care for the kids. But they do everything they can to make it work. And I think they are sure that will all continue with the new baby.”
Will we see any changes in their relationship, for better or worse, during the pregnancy? How do the kids react to the news?
“Roxy and Trevor’s relationship is really strong, and they are blissful with this pregnancy. There is an event that occurs that presents an obstacle but they come together. The kids have mixed reactions. TJ, the older kid, has a harder time dealing with it, and that presents an opportunity for Trevor to explain that he loves them to pieces and nothing is going to change that. I loved that moment because it was so real.”
What’s in store for the Hump Bar this season? Will Roxy continue to work through the pregnancy?
“I think if Roxy could she would work through labor! The bar is doing well this year. Last year we ended with a military ban on the Hump because of Jeremy’s fight but Roxy and Claudia Joy come together to restore the Hump to its bustling glory.”
It’s been reported that Ann-Margret appears in an episode. Did you have any scenes with her?
“Ann-Margret does come in as Michael Holden’s aunt. She drops in for a surprise visit in our Mother’s Day episode. I did get to work with her for about three or four days. I was completely starstruck when I first met her. I grew up watching Bye Bye Birdie every day for almost an entire year when I was a kid, no exaggeration! Every day. So when I met her and told her that, I got all nervous, it was ridiculous. She is absolutely amazing. So professional and lovely to work with. She’s funny, gorgeous, sweet, generous, prepared, humble. I mean, such a role model. She set such an example for me of someone who’s been in the business a long time and done so many amazing things in her career and is still kind and respectful to everyone around her.”
You’ve been playing Roxy for three seasons. Do you feel you know the character inside out now? Do you ever look at the script and think, ‘No Roxy wouldn’t do that’ or voice your own thoughts about what Roxy should be doing?
“I think I’ve been playing Roxy for so long, that where she starts and I begin is often blurry! Often I will look at the script and call our show runner and say, ‘This is just too mean, she’s not that way’ or on the flipside, ‘Nope she would be really p*ssed about this and would tell that person how she feels’. The writers are really good about responding to that.”
This is the fourth season. How long do you think the show can continue for? Is there anything you want Roxy to accomplish before the end, whenever it is?
“I think Roxy has already accomplished so much. She is a bar owner! She is raising two kids and a dog. And she has a terrific relationship with her husband, finally. I don’t know if there’s much more she needs to achieve. And as for how long the show can go, that’s a question for our viewers.”
Finally, any other hints or teasers you can give us about this season?
“I think the audience has no idea where this show is going. So much is going to happen, that has already happened by episode ten that we just read, and we still have eight more to finish this season. Keep your pants on because it’s gonna be a ride.”