She may have played a fictional president on ABC’s “Commander in Chief,” but Geena Davis sounds like a true leader when she talks about the show’s ultimate fate.
“We’re not on the fall schedule, but I refuse to step down,” she says. “We will not give up.”
There remains the possibility of making a two-hour movie in the future, and Davis hopes it could relaunch the series.
Though she’s passionate about continuing her Golden Globe-winning role as Mackenzie Allen, there was a time when she wouldn’t consider the grueling schedule of a one-hour drama.
“It absolutely fell into my lap,” Davis says. “I said, ‘Oh my God! Why haven’t I thought of this? It’s a great idea.’ ”
She read the pilot, written and directed by Rod Lurie, and immediately signed on.
“It was very interestingly and intelligently constructed,” Davis says.
In the first episode, her character is an Independent Party vice president who is thrust into the Oval Office when her Republican running mate dies.
Davis relishes the thought of a woman actually running the country.
“The first female president will rock Washington,” she says. “It will be equally stunning and noteworthy when finally an independent is president.”
For now, she’s content portraying the possibility.
“It’s really the role of a lifetime,” she says. “It can’t get much better than this.”
Davis particularly admires her character’s ability to stand by her convictions. In real life, she says, “I would probably like to be more like her than she would like to be like me.”
It’s not the first time Davis has played a strong female character. She also stood up for her beliefs in such empowering pics as “Thelma and Louise” and “A League of Their Own.” But despite her own success, she hasn’t seen the floodgates open for women’s roles.
“It’s very frustrating to say, but true: Things are not getting better for female actresses,” she asserts. “A part like this is very rare, to be a lead title character at 50.”
In her 40s, Davis says she fell off the cliff, just like most actresses. Now she’s standing on top of it and she’d like to stay there.
When ABC announced the show was not on the fall schedule, fans jumped into action with emails and phone calls.
“It’s really (satisfying) to say I was part of something that struck a nerve in society,” Davis says. “It’s connected with people in so many ways, and I am so honored.”
Favorite scene of last season?
“I love when she just stuns someone by saying the absolute truth.”
“I can’t miss a second of ’24.’ I watch ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Project Runway.’ ”
“The actress who plays Chloe on ’24’ (Mary Lynn Rajskub) — she’s just awesome.”