Kyra Sedgwick paved the way for a lot of actresses on television when she first appeared as Brenda Leigh Johnson on "The Closer" back in 2005.
Now, with the show set to air its series finale on August 13 and Sedgwick's TV run coming to an end, the actress revealed in a recent interview that she almost didn't sign on for the role on the TNT crime drama because it meant moving her family from New York City to Los Angeles.
"My manager told me about it for three months, and I said: 'Don't send it. I'm not going to do it because it's in L.A.,'" the actress told The Hollywood Reporter. "I wasn't looking to do TV."
"Finally, she said, 'It's like Prime Suspect.' I've worked with Helen Mirren several times, so my manager hooked me with that one," she added. "I read the script and thought it was great. I saw so many possibilities for this Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, so much potential."
She went on to say she knew it was the right choice after meeting with the series creator James Duff, producers and other people who would be working on the project and realizing they were "the nicest and smartest people I'd ever met."
Since her run on the show started, other female driven dramas starring major movie actresses have popped up including "Damages" with Glenn Close and "Political Animals" with Sigourney Weaver. Sedwick, 46, won an Emmy in 2010 for her role on the show.
Last month, Sedgwick told OnTheRedCarpet.com that her husband, actor Kevin Bacon, was supportive of her decision to leave the series.
"He was the one that told me to do it [the show] in the first place and he was the one, when I was sort of feeling so terrible about the idea of ending it because I felt so responsible for everybody, the cast and the crew and everything - he was the one who ... helped guide me to my decision," she said.
Bacon and Sedgwick married in 1988 and have starred together in several films, such as "The Woodsman" and "Loverboy." They are parents to son Travis, 23, and daughter Sosie, 20.
Bacon stars in the new FOX drama "The Following," which is set to debut in 2013. He plays an ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy who comes out of retirement to try and find a serial killer.
Sedgwick also told us that she wanted to make sure to leave the character on a high note.
"I wanted to make sure we left on a high note," she said. "I wanted to make sure we left when people still wanted us around and when people still thought well of Brenda. I would hate for her to become that clawing, strange aunt that you have, that won't go away and starts hanging around too long."
TNT developed a spin-off show from "The Closer" called "Major Crimes," starring actress Mary McDonnell. She plays Sharon Raydor on "The Closer." The series will premiere immediately after "The Closer" series finale.
The final episode of "The Closer" airs on August 13 at 9 p.m. on TNT.