Breakout faces from the ’99-’00 season: Margaret Colin

'Now and Again' thesp likes the instability of acting

“It’s one of the continuing series of high-exposure roles for CBS that I’ve had the pleasure of doing,” Margaret Colin says wryly of her role on the recently canceled sci-fi series “Now and Again.” “It hasn’t been the largest exposure in my career, but it does answer the question ‘What’s she doing now?’ “

No, the 40-something New York-area native is not ungrateful about her latest small-screen project, she just happened to star in one of the biggest box office draws of all time in “Independence Day.”

Colin, who also appeared on “Chicago Hope,” “Foley Square” and others for the Eye net, has purposefully moved between TV, film and stage in a career that has spanned more than 20 years.

“Actors are crossing back and forth a lot and that’s great,” she says. “That’s the life I’ve wanted to have. What terrifies me is that TV wants you to sign long five-year, seven-year commitments.”

Though many actors may crave the stability of a permanent role, Colin prefers parts that work on her terms and provide the necessary challenges.

“I don’t think stability goes with the actor gig,” she says. “I’ve enjoyed not having it. I have stability in my children and my husband. My family is my priority.”

While Colin may revel in playing mom to her two young sons — and wife to actor Justin Deas — she also enjoyed the carefully constructed futuristic-romantic dynamic of “Now and Again.”

“Women of my age can still play the object of desire,” says Colin. “When I go to the supermarket, it’s not unusual for a man in his early 30s to smile at me. It made perfect sense that I needed to be my age.”

— David Lott

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