Veteran character actress Margo Martindale in the last several years has played spies, murderers and folks who live on the dark side.
But in a varied career that includes a lot of theater work and film as well as several TV shows, her dream has always been to star in a comedy series.
"I always wanted to be on a sitcom," Martindale said. "I just started killing people along the way."
The 62-year-old actress has finally gotten her wish. She stars in CBS' "The Millers," about a recently divorced local news reporter who is looking forward to living the single life again but is thrown a curve when his parents' marital problems derail his plans for a freewheeling bachelorhood.
The mom (Martindale) moves in with him, while the father (Beau Bridges) moves in with the reporter's sister.
The show finally puts Martindale up front and center in a lead role. The veteran actress has been a mainstay on several FX dramas, including "The Riches" and "The Americans," and she won an supporting actress for drama Emmy for "Justified," where she played the leader of a outlaw Appalachian family.
That role changed Martindale's life. "I now get to turn down jobs. That didn't happen before. "
But she pointed out that she's been a working actress since she was 16, when she started on the stage.
"I've been working all along," she said with a smile. "You just haven't noticed me."