[10/26/04 - 12:00 AM] To Get the Part, 'Jag' Star Rang Her Own Bell
[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]
TO GET THE PART, 'JAG' STAR RANG HER OWN BELL
Catherine Bell gives off a confident, competent vibe as Marine lawyer Sarah "Mac"
MacKenzie, in "JAG," the long-running hit series that lands on Hallmark Channel beginning
Monday, October 4 (8/7c). So it might surprise some fans to learn that Bell used to be very
shy, quiet and reserved."
"One of the reasons I got into acting was to overcome that. I wanted to be more
assertive," says Bell, who asserted herself when instinct told her not to, writing to executive
producer Don Bellisario, pitching herself for the part. That audacious self-confidence so
impressed Bellisario that he made her his top candidate.
"I was really nervous about writing that letter to Don," Bell admits. "But I did and I
eventually got the part." Even now, she notes, that assertive side isn't second nature. "But I'm
getting there," she declares. "It's becoming more of my character."
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