Ten years have passed since actress Lauren Ambrose played the youngest Fisher child on the critically acclaimed HBO drama Six Feet Under. Seduced by the brights lights of Broadway, she made her debut in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of Clifford Odets' 1935 play Awake and Sing! and joined Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon in a resurrection of the 1962 play Exit The King. From supporting work in various indie films to voice-over work on Robot Chicken, the flame-haired thespian has been busily sinking her teeth into a variety of different roles on the stage and screen.
Two-time Emmy Award winning producer Gideon Raff (Homeland) has finally lured her back to television, playing Debbie, a lead character in USA's murder mystery series Dig. Ambrose recently discussed the Six Feet Under experience and what drew her to accept a role on the new conspiracy thriller series. In a brief interview with ETOnline she said: "I was very young so it was like acting boot camp for me. The writing was really good and they were writing to our strengths."
An actor's performance is often only as strong as the source material from which they mine, and Dig's script was exactly the type of vehicle for which Ambrose had been looking. She mentioned that Raff had "outlined the arc of the character and it sounded really interesting to me," and had pledged to her that Debbie was "going to do some awesome shit." Lauren's long-awaited return to television may satiate fans of the actress for the time being, but her true love lies in the theater.
Ambrose received positive buzz for her turn as Fanny Brice in the 2011 Broadway-bound revival of Funny Girl. The lyrics of the show's hit song "Don't Rain On My Parade" proved to be most ironic. While the production fell through at the time, she hopes it "works out" in the future. Here's hoping she gets the opportunity to give Streisand a run for her money.
In the interim, fans of can watch her on Dig, which premieres on Thursday, March 5 at 10 p.m. ET.