She happens to be one, evidenced by her rocking a one-shouldered red jumpsuit and nude stilettos. Yet the actress gives a lot of thought to her character in the sitcom and sees Katie as more than what the title implies.
“She comes from a broken family,” Akerman says to Zap2it. “To me, she is missing a father figure. She meets Pete. He’s charming, not flaky. He’s a gentleman.”
Bradley Whitford is Pete, a successful attorney with two ex-wives: Diane (Marcia Gay Harden), a humorless doctor and mother of their older children, and Jackie (Michaela Watkins), the New Age mom of their adopted son.
“I come from a broken family and a blended family, and it’s so accepted now,” she says. “It’s almost a support system.”
She rattles off a list of siblings, but the familial role that looms largest is being a new mom. Like so many actors, she says she loves being on a sitcom because the regular hours let her spend time with her son.
Akerman, like so many actors, got her start in commercials.
“It was a great way to get out of school now and then,” she says. “I never thought of acting.”
Akerman was, instead, aiming for the Olympics. From ages 6 to 16, she was a figure skater.
“I hit 16, and it was all about boys and parties,” she says. “I didn’t want to go to the rink every day.”
In college she did more commercials to earn tuition money, then headed to Los Angeles to try her luck. For more than two years, she didn’t work. As she was about to resume school, she was cast in “The Comeback.”