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My TV Crush: Sela Ward

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 14th 2005 5:54PM
Sela Ward and Hugh LaurieI'm going to be completely honest with you: I sometimes choose to become a regular fan of a show for less-than-pure reasons. I've already detailed how I became a fan of Gilmore Girls: a crush on Lauren Graham that stretched back to when she guested on NewsRadio as an efficiency expert.  Well, hopefully Lauren won't get too jealous, because I have many TV crushes, ones that make me watch a TV show that I would not ordinarly watch, just to see the beauty in action.  Sela Ward is one of those crushes.

Now, let me give you a couple of disclaimers here: having a crush on someone will not keep me watching a bad program; after I'm drawn in by the star, the show usually has to be pretty good for me to keep watching.  Secondly, these are virtual crushes only; please don't write me and tell me to go out and meet real flesh-and-blood women (I saw a comment like that in my Gilmore Girls post). I have a fine social life, thank you very much, but I still can appreciate beauty and skill when I see it, and I'm not afraid to talk about it.  Now, on to Sela...  

Interestingly enough, when I first saw Sela Ward, in the early-Nineties series Sisters, I really didn't take note of anything but her stunning beauty; nothing about her role made her stand out from the other women on the show. But when she starred in her second big series role, as divorcee Lilly Manning in Once and Again, there was something about her that made me take notice.

If you remember Once and Again, you'll recall that it wasn't the feel-good show of the Nineties. The show examined how a romance between two recent divorcees affected their families and exes; to put it mildly, the show had a lot of melancholy.  Lots of pain, lots of crying, lots of fighting.  And lots of sweet, romantic moments, too. Kind of like real life.

Sela brought the effects of all of these events to her role. I don't know what it is, but something about the intervening years deepened her, made her more than just a pretty face.  Don't get me wrong, Sela was still a stunner.  But there was an accessibility to that beauty that she had never carried with her before.  Maybe real-life events made her into a better actress.  Or maybe she was just that good. But I rode the ups and downs of that show for its entire three years on the air mainly because Sela communicated those ups and downs through very effective non-verbal communication. Her eyes tended to say more about what she was thinking than the words she uttered.

Sela's carrying this ability with her to House, where she just wrapped up filming her limited stint there. Just from her first two episodes as House's ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner, you could see that she understood the depth of emotion and difficulty that was involved in her character's relationship with the prickly medical genius.  Her episodes injected needed character development into what is essentially a predictable (but eminently watchable) medical procedural, and added depth to Hugh Laurie's Dr. House character that should propel the show for another few years. If one person can do all that in a guest stint, how can a person not develop a crush?

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David Howe

Sela is truly a stunning experience. I find myself wondering if my non-negotiable feelings for her constitute a fetish of some kind.
Another such moment of undeniable beauty for me came with Catherine Bell: JAG is not my kind of program but surfing by her became impossible and I ended up watching notwithstanding the curious company she keeps in the program.
My reaction to Sela was so strong I ended up writing her a letter:

http://geocities.yahoo.com.br/tunggal/selaward.htm

Sigh...

January 03 2006 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dee

Sela is a great actress. She's so unique in every way. I've enjoyed her on sisters as well as Once and Again....I was quite crushed when they took it off the air...It had a great story line..I especially loved the little dramas with her sister...It really took you away... House is okay....Im hoping Sela signs up with another series like Once and Again... I really looked forward to one night of sitting on the couch!

November 28 2005 at 12:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dee

Sela is a great actress. She's so unique in every way. I've enjoyed her on sisters as well as Once and Again....I was quite crushed when they took it off the air...It had a great story line..I especially loved the little dramas with her sister...It really took you away... House is okay....Im hoping Sela signs up with another series like Once and Again... I really looked forward to one night of sitting on the couch!

November 28 2005 at 12:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael G

Sela on 'House' Now I have a reason to watch it....

November 15 2005 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Meredith

I adore Sela Ward, particularly on "Once and Again" where she gracefully portrayed a wide array of emotions (not always pretty, sometimes unflattering) that made the show feel authentic. I too only found "House" -- despite the adoration of the critics -- when Sela Ward joined the cast.

November 14 2005 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mattjh

I know from taking a close look at some of my own crushes that you can end up heaping praise on someone when they don't really deserve it. I'm not saying that's the case here, with Sela, but beware of that.

November 14 2005 at 8:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark Rabinowitz

I agree with your crush completely! Of course you can't forget her role in "Nothing in Common." I think her Mississipppi twang helps, too! I still miss "Once and Again."

November 14 2005 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jort

ditto. Sela Ward seems to get prettier as she ages. (perhaps like dr. McDreamy on the male side?) and woohoo, somebody actually remembers Newsradio!

November 14 2005 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
elizabeth

I love the shout-out to "Sisters"! I was a teenage addict to that show. Sela Ward, Swoosie Kurtz, Ashley Judd and Paul Rudd - all on Sisters.

November 14 2005 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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