Steve Zahn praise small towns in America, tells serious role in ‘The Crossing’

THE CROSSING of ABC’s “The Crossing” stars Steve Zahn as Jude Ellis. (ABC/Bob D’amico)

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PASADENA, Calif. – Steve Zahn says that he is best known for his reliable, goofy roles in films like “that Thing you Do!” and “Saving Silverman,” but he takes on a more serious gig for ABC’s coming drama “The Crossing.”

The show is about refugees from the future, which, in turn, in a small town of the Port of Canaan, Oregon.

Zahn, 50, takes on the role of Sheriff Jude Ellis.

The star is said to be offered with a more serious character is something that finally got his way as he got older in the show business.

“When I was younger you box in parts, that’s understandable… You don’t look different and you are still the stoner [character],” he told reporters at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. “But as you get older and you get older in the company, it is getting more interesting.”

He said that when he took on the role of the town sheriff he thought, “Oh, I reached that point [in my career now].”

When he’s not filming the series in Vancouver, Zahn is rarely in Los Angeles. He lives on a farm outside Midway, Kentucky, where he represents children. He is also the owner of a cottage in Minnesota.

He said that he spends his free time “in a tractor.”

“For me, it’s just where I want to live,” he said of Kentucky. “I think it’s dark at night.

“I never wanted it to define my life. I am sure that I have sacrificed and missed out on a lot of things, but I don’t know what that stuff is, so I have grown up children, and I wanted to be around. And now they are about the company out in their own worlds in a few years and then I go back to the theatre [and other roles]…. I don’t have the jobs because of the commitment.”

He said that spending time in Kentucky and in Minnesota, where he grew up, has allowed him to separate his work and his personal life.

“I think it’s important [to be in contact with those parts of America],” he said. “I go away from work, I punch, and I go back to a normal, ordinary life where it doesn’t [work].”

Zahn added that many of the people who live in Los Angeles and other major cities spend time on the networks if they don’t work, and that is not just for him. He prefers to break the connection and his family.

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“I came from the farm here yesterday and it was a shock,” he said of California.

Zahn is excited to have the show air on the small screen.

He said that he generally prefers Western scripts, and he is not attracted to high-concept sci-fi, but he thinks that “The Crossing” is a good mix of drama with a touch of sci-fi thrown in.

“When I read this script it was a small town… and that’s what I like about this script.”

“The Crossing” premieres on ABC on 2 April.

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