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Maura Tierney used to doubt herself

Maura Tierney used to doubt her acting ability. The star — who played Dr. Abby Lockhart in American hospital drama E.R. — says her role in a theater production of North Atlantic in New York was a turning point for her, as she finally realized she was good at her job.

“I was rehearsing North Atlantic with Fran McDormand, Kate Valk and Liz LeCompte, who’s the artistic director, and I realized I would have been so freaked out ten years ago,” she said.

“These are women I admire so much. But I just thought, ‘I’m allowed to be here because they said I could.’ Finally, after all these years, I have some confidence.”

The 45-year-old has since been working on legal drama The Whole Truth, in which she plays Kathryn Pearle – a bureau chief who works in the district attorney’s office.

“It’s not a dumb girl part. … And I like her sense of humor,” she said. “My college friend Tom wrote it based on my personality. Kathryn is a single woman in her mid-40s, very career-oriented and has a dry wit.

“Justice is not always served. A guilty person is not always convicted, and an innocent person is not always let off. You don’t find out until the end what the whole truth is.”

Maura recently opened up about her battle with breast cancer.

“I was so scared of going to the doctor. I felt something, and my boyfriend at the time made me go,” she said. “He said, ‘You’ve got to take care of this,’ because I was afraid. That’s one thing I will say: Don’t be afraid to go to the damn doctor. Just go!

“I was so lucky. I had insurance, I found a great team of doctors at UCLA, and I could afford not to work while I was getting treated. From the beginning my doctor told me, ‘You’re going to be okay,’ and I chose to believe him. So there was always that in my head.”





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