Family Values Patricia Wettig & Roxy Olin
Roxy, do you remember when you told your mother you wanted to be an actress?
ROXY: It was almost sort of assumed. I loved to perform. I wanted to act before I was done with high school. That caused more discussion ...
PATRICIA: I was not going to be a stage mother. If Roxy wanted to start auditioning and things, she had to be able to drive and basically be able to take care of her own professional life.
ROXY: Anti-stage mother.
PATRICIA: I'm not saying that's wrong for other people, but in my life, that would've made me too crazy.
Patricia, what's it like watching your daughter on MTV's The City?
PATRICIA: I think she's fantastic! Ken [Olin] and I sat in the kitchen and watched the promo about 10 times.
Have you offered Roxy any advice?
PATRICIA: You have to have a thick skin because
—ROXY: People are mean.
PATRICIA: And now people will Twitter you. People will make these comments. That's the side I worry about more: the psychological. I want her to understand that you can't really take this stuff seriously.
How do you feel about working together on Brothers & Sisters?
ROXY: At first it was hard because they [my family] were all working on it and I wasn't. My dad, he's the boss, and he's been big on me getting my own work. Once I got this job [on The City] separately, he felt okay with me doing the show. But boys on the show won't look in my direction because of my dad, and it drives me crazy.
PATRICIA: This is the one downside that Rox just cannot get past. She is the boss's daughter, and it just makes her nuts.
ROXY: Dave Annable, Matthew Rhys and Balthazar Getty, they're all like the cutest things ever, and I'm like, "Hey, boys." And they're like, "Boss's daughter. No."
PATRICIA: It's such a high price to pay, right? [Laughs.]
The two of you really seem very supportive of each other.
PATRICIA: Well, you have to be willing to work really hard, and Roxy has been. We are truly lucky to have such a close family.
ROXY: We're really close in different ways. My mom is the first person I called when I lost my virginity. Call it weird! But we're all like that. We all have the same job, to some degree, in this crazy world. I think we stabilize each other.