Revenge Exclusive: 'Iconic' TV Actress Circling Role of Nolan's Mother

Revenge Season 2 Spoilers Nolan MotherMom’s the word on Season 2 of Revenge, what with both Emily and Victoria “reuniting” with their respective mothers on the ABC soap this fall. Might Nolan be the next Hampton-ite to come face-to-face with his maker? The character’s portrayer, Gabriel Mann, certainly hopes so. In fact, he’s already taken the liberty of jumpstarting the casting process!

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“I don’t want to jinx it, [but] I had an actress — one of my favorite actresses on one of the most amazing shows that is no longer on the air, but I would say is quite iconic — approach me at a party about her love of [Revenge],” Mann recalls to TVLine. “[She] said that since we’re doing all sorts of mama drama in Season 2 here, why don’t we meet Nolan’s mom?

“There was an unofficial Kim Basinger-like verbal agreement that she would be interested in signing up,” he adds. “So, I’m hoping that happens.”

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One hurdle appears to have already been cleared: Mann received an informal sign-off from series creator Mike Kelley. “He clapped his hands together and got that twisted little Nolan smile on his face,” says the actor of his boss’ reaction to the news. “So, I’m hoping that was a yes.”

Whomever ends up scoring the plum part, Mann predicts that the MIA Ms. Ross will be “quite interesting If she has even half of Nolan’s qualities,” adding, “I would be really interested to see where he came from.”

OK, put on your thinking caps and hit the comments with an answer to this question: Which actress do you think Mann is referring to? Also, who would your first choice be? (Reporting by Megan Masters)

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  1. Dave says:

    Cheryl Ladd or Jean Smart

  2. Liz says:

    Donna Mills

    • elr says:

      Donna Mills was the first person I thought of and she would be perfect!

      • whisperintherain says:

        I third the motion for Donna Mills. First name I thought of upon reading the article. She’s still great-looking and has appeared on both Dirty Sexy Money and GCB in the past few years on ABC, so I think she’d be up for it, like her former Knots Landing co-star who played Conrad’s father last season. I say bring her on!

        I’d be perfectly fine with Judith Light, Candice Bergen or Cybill Shepherd too.

  3. Rita says:

    OMG. That would be the most amazing casting choice ever.

  4. Rita says:

    Susan Lucci would be, I mean.

    • S. Lee says:

      Susan Lucci was annoying at best on One Life to Live, Revenge being my favorite ever show
      would turn less than less favorite with the phony Miss Susan on it. Would hate it, anyone else please.

      • David says:

        Obviously you don’t have a clue who Susan Lucci is. She never appeared on One Life to Live but did Star on All My Children for 40 years. I love her but not as Nolan’s mother and Donna Mills is too old IMO

      • staceytaylor63 says:

        Susan Lucci has a starring role on Devious Maids…so it’s probably not going to be her. I’d love to see Cheryl Ladd though.

        Or…Joan Collins ;-)

  5. Kelly says:

    He was raised by the Aunt I thought? I was under the impression that his parents were dead.

  6. Kevin says:

    Heather Locklear

    • Jinjeon says:

      She’s too young to play Nolan’s mother but she would be perfect as the first Mrs. Grayson! Can you imagine her belittling Victoria? I think I just came!

      • Elaine says:

        Heather Locklear is around the same as Madeline Stowe. Of course she’s old enough to play Nolan’s mom.

        • Ken says:

          Gabriel Mann is 40. Heather Locklear is 51.

          • Lisa says:

            Right….but he doesn’t play a 40 year old. I’ve always assumed he was around 30.

          • Summer says:

            To be fair, when Phylicia Rashad was only eight or ten years older than Sabrina Le Beauf when they played Claire and Sondra Huxtable on the Cosby Show, and they made it work pretty seamlessly, so it’s not as though Locklear is out of the realm of casting choices.

            I don’t think it’s her, though.

            I would love for it to be Lynda Carter, but I don’t think it is.

        • mitzermoo says:

          I thnk Jacquline Smith would be perfect as the first Mrs. Grayson.

    • Andrew says:

      i LOVE Heather. She would be PERFECT for this, and I hope she’s the one he is referring to!

  7. BenM says:

    Michelle Pfeiffer or Kim Bassinger

  8. Timmy Bauer says:

    Mary-Louise Parker!

  9. Dennis says:

    Kim is an SUPERB choice. Hope it happens.

  10. Rebecca Parker says:

    Would love Judith Light!

  11. Drew says:

    Edie Falco

  12. msmlansky says:

    Meredith Baxter (Birney)… iconic and perfect!

  13. J says:

    It’s got to be someone very unique. Emily’s mother I give a C- to. Victoria’s a solid B. I can’t think of anyone who I can visualize as Nolan’s mom.

  14. Luke Nutley says:

    He’s blond so presumably the actress would match (blond Jennifer Jason Leigh playing blond Emily VanCamp’s mother, brunette Adrienne Barbeau playing brunette Madeleine Stowe’s mother). Heather Locklear might fit except he said the show she was on was “amazing” and I don’t think anyone honestly considers Melrose Place to be “amazing”. It was a fun show. But not amazing. Maybe the actress was on some HBO or Showtime show. Kim Cattrall?

  15. As a native Long Islander and Hampton-ite- Susan Lucci would be PERFECT

    • Skater Boy says:

      Sure Susan Lucci would be great and she is iconic and her show is off tv BUT isn’t she already doing Deadly Affairs and Devious Maids???? Still if the role was recurring maybe those networks would let her play the part for extra attention. And Locklear isn’t too young – she’s 50 plus I think; Lucci actually maybe a bit old but she can play much younger.

  16. WhoWantsARabbit says:

    Felicity Huffman me thinks

  17. Jinjeon says:

    Lindsay Lohan FTW! Seriously, she looks the part, age and looks.

  18. suzi says:

    Kyra Sedgwick

  19. Skeff says:

    I would love Marcia Cross.

  20. Pam says:

    Sally Field would be great

  21. Steven says:

    Cybill Shepherd.

  22. Rocky says:


  23. Dominique says:

    Cybill Shepherd.

  24. Gwen says:

    My first thought was Linda Evans.

  25. David Torne says:

    Dakota Fanning… Idiocy must be complete.

  26. Chris says:

    Candice Bergen or Jean Smart.

  27. SoFla says:

    Morgan Fairchild or Candace Bergen.

  28. KCC says:

    Excellent suggestions!!

  29. WillIam says:

    Kim Cattrall would be PERFECT for this role! I can already picture her character clashing with Victoria.

  30. Jodi says:

    Marcia Cross was my immediate thought. And wish.

  31. Layne says:

    Well let’s stop and think which shows were iconic. I would say Dallas, Dynasty, Melrose Place, Desperate Housewives. Linda Gray would be perfect, but she’s working on the new Dallas. So I believe the people above could be correct with their guesses of Linda Evans, Donna Mills, Heather Locklear – or one of the older Desperate Housewives.

  32. Pearl says:

    Barbara Striesand. She says she loves this show and she is as odd as Nolan and could totally create a crazy mama.

  33. Geo says:

    Oprah Winfrey.

  34. Karen says:

    Jane Seymour

  35. Alina G says:

    She should be beautiful.

  36. Dave says:

    Let the games begin! My first thought was Jaclyn Smith … but Donna Mills, Sally Field, Jean Smart … any of’em would be awesome.

  37. Dee says:

    Lindsay Wagner

  38. Daniel says:

    Meredith Baxter.you know, from Family Ties.

  39. Tracy says:

    Kyra Sedgwick or Kim Catrall … either actress would be a perfect addition to Revenge. And while I am wishing, could Nashville please add Kassie DePaiva to the cast? Pretty please?!?

  40. LM says:

    I’m going to go completely old school on this and say Barbara Eden. She might have had him later in life:)

  41. Lynne says:

    He’s adorable. I would love to meet his mother on the show. She needs to be as strong and devious as the other female characters. Many of the above suggested actresses could portray her, My vote is for Jean Smart.

  42. jm says:

    Shelley Long or Dyan Cannon

  43. Christian says:

    Donna mills or Nicolette Sheridan or both as mother and aunt. Jeff. Infer Jason Leigh was a horrible choice. Bridget Fonda would have been so much better.

  44. Luis says:

    I don’t know how Joan Collins and Linda Evans haven’t gotten in on this yet, so I’ll put their names in the hat!

  45. snarka says:

    it will have to be a tall, statuesque, beautiful woman with a sultry voice. like mother, like son. <3

  46. Bearoness says:

    Olivia Newton-John?

    • Chicago Dan says:

      After seeing her performance in Sordid Lives and A Few Best Men, I believe people would be shocked how rowdy she could be. She certainly is iconic, but not in TV.

  47. Sam says:

    Betty White?