Family Perks Helped Angela Bassett Decide on ER

09/18/2008 at 06:00 PM ET
Noel Vasquez

When actress Angela Bassett was offered a role on the Emmy Award-winning show ER, she wasn’t sure if she should take it. However, after learning that the writers had created a powerhouse of a character for her, she couldn’t turn them down! Adjusting to the 12-hour days was made easier by the fact that her home with husband Courtney B. Vance and their 2 ½-year-old twins Slater Josiah and Bronwyn Golden is just 15 minutes away from the studio, enabling Angela, 50, to spend time with them throughout the day.

"Sometimes when I get home they’re asleep already, so I bring them to work or they come at lunch time to visit. My daughter loves to put on the stethoscope. To see her eyes the first time she heard a real stethoscope was amazing."

The twins aren’t the only family members Angela is spending work time with — Courtney has signed on to ER himself, playing (what else?) Angela’s husband.

Source: She Knows

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Beverley on

I really like this couple and I love the fact that they will be playing husband and wife on the show. Hopefully they are playing a happy couple, but on that show you almost never see a happy couple.

Nina on

That’s awesome! I love Courtney and Angela and am glad to see things working out form them.

sinclair on

angela and courtney: great wife and husband team…on and off screen!

Ellie on

I loved the book they wrote together about their love story, I think it was called “Friends”. I stopped watching ER 4 years ago but I think I’m going to start again because of this couple!

Pencils on

I’m a huge Angela Bassett fan, and it’s a crime how women of a certain age rarely get good roles in Hollywood. I don’t watch ER, but I almost might start to see her. Good for her, good for ER for recognizing talent, not age or skin color.