The 54-year-old actress makes a splashy return to television playing the icy, but savvy first lady in TLC’s first scripted series ever, Tyler Perry’s soapy drama Too Close to Home, which debuts Monday.
Too Close to Home, an eight-part series filmed in an impressive eight days, follows Anna (Danielle Savre), a White House intern with a checkered Alabama past, who is at the center of a political scandal when she is caught sleeping with the president of the United States (Matthew Battaglia).
ET has the exclusive first look at the dramatic confrontation between Anna and Locklear’s Katelyn, the powerful, no-nonsense president’s wife, after she discovers Anna and her husband in a rather compromising position in the Oval Office.
“So, this is how he keeps you. You must be really good,” Katelyn says to Anna, insinuating that their extracurricular activities are, ahem, more than sufficient. “How long have you been f***ing?”
When Anna fails to answer, Katelyn starts to verbally bury the young Washington, D.C., intern and Anna doesn’t exactly make it any easier on herself. “We’re just friends,” Anna croaks out.
“Friends?” the first lady asks in near disbelief. “He’s the president. You’re a lying bit of trailer park trash. You can’t be friends with the president. That’s laughable. Is… that a tear, dear?” Katelyn goes on to lay down the law to Anna, showing her just why she’s the president’s wife and Anna is nowhere close to getting there.
“He made you feel special, didn’t he? That’s what he does. He has the ability to make you feel like you’re the only one that matters. It’s an act. It’s a gift and it’s no match for a kid from happy Alabama,” she says, before promising one thing: There will be hell to pay. “You took this leap into my life. Do you think I’m just going to let you walk away freely?” Consider that a fair warning.
ET was on the scene at the premiere for Too Close to Home last week, where creator Tyler Perry shared why audiences who loved Amanda on Melrose Place will be sucked into Locklear’s unapologetic new role.
"All I can tell you, Heather Locklear is going to be one of the most cold-blooded people you have ever seen in film," Perry recently told ET’s Nischelle Turner. "That's all I am going to say. Once you see the show, you will get an understanding."
If the scene above is any indication of what’s to come, we’re in for one wild ride.
Tyler Perry’s Too Close to Home debuts with a two-hour premiere Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.