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A Further Look at Sean Young

By admin Published: November 4, 2010

The former Clevelander is going to be on "Skating With the Stars," and I have been mildly surprised by the occasional "Who?" that has greeted my dropping her name. Her bio is in the "Skating" post below. A revealing Entertainment Weekly profile can be found here. And after the jump is a story I wrote about her in 2003.

Sean Young is in a Hallmark Channel movie premiering in June.
But while promoting the movie on Monday, she said she did not know there was such a thing as a Hallmark Channel.
Sean Young wants to work more in television.
She doesn't own a set.
During a press conference yesterday, the former Clevelander showed those flashes of the famously weird Sean Young, the kind of person whose personal eccentricities and professional misbehavior got her an entire E! True Hollywood Story.
The actress, who attended Cleveland Heights High School but left to pursue arts studies elsewhere, knows her odd image is out there. Asked about the perception of her in the entertainment business, Young grinned and said, "What perception are you talking about?" At another point she called herself Sean "Learn the Hard Way" Young.
"I wouldn't want to have to rehash my history for you. That wouldn't be real fun for me," she said after the press conference for King and Queen of Moonlight Bay, the Hallmark movie.
"But if you're aware of it, you can see my arc as a person. . . . You start out like an arrow, and then you realize, hmm, I want to survive and keep making movies. I want people to be comfortable and trust me and hire me."
Part of that has meant doing more television, and not just the Hallmark movie (in which she has a supporting role in a father-daughter drama focusing on Tim Matheson and Kristen Bell). She did a guest shot on Third Watch and is hoping for more there. She has a small role in Kingpin, the upcoming NBC drama.
"I would like to raise the level of the things I get to do," she said. "When you do television, you can broaden your horizons. I've been in a lot of independent films for, like, ever, it feels like. When I got the opportunity to do something more major on television, I was happy to take it."
She'd like to be a regular on a series but "it would have to be the right one. . . . I wouldn't want to play a lawyer, and I wouldn't want to play a cop, because all that stuff is sort of saturated. It would have to be a series that had some kind of fresh approach to it. I mean, I could play a lawyer but it would have to be like Monk, someone that had something wrong with him."
And she said she has tried to acquire "social skills" -- making her point without hurting other people.
She's still very funny, especially about herself, but she also seems comfortable taking on all questions, looking people in the eye when she does.
After decades in the business, she knows she will find work, even if the roles aren't as big or as flashy as they were when she was a big-screen star.
"What's great about being a veteran (actor) is, where I used to worry, I know I'll get something," she said.
And what sounds odd at first makes some sense as Young explains her priorities. They are topped not by show business but by her sons, ages 8 and 5.
"I am kind of really incredibly unaware of a lot of things," she said. "I keep my focus on my boys and my personal daily regime."
Hallmark is not only the name of a network but of a greeting-card maker, a production company and the Hallmark Hall of Fame specials. So, she said, "My manager said 'Hallmark,' and that was good enough for me."
While she does not have a TV set, she has some idea what's going on in the business -- as when she mentioned Monk, the USA/ABC mystery drama. She just didn't think that TV was good for her sons.
"When I have the TV on, they get addicted to it. . . . They love TV, obviously, when they get the chance to watch it," she said. "But I wanted them to have the chance to be regular boys. . . . I try to preserve their childhood with as much integrity as I can. . . . to make it a normal, safe but carefree kind of environment that I had."
She has also tried to repair some of the cracks in her image. She has her own Web site,, for one thing, and when E! said they were going to do a True Hollywood Story about her, she decided to cooperate.
"I was really worried," she said. "I left town when that thing aired. . . . I just didn't know what to expect, and I thought they were super nice to me, and was gratified that they were as nice as they were. . . . It ended up being a good thing."

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