Teri Hatcher is joining the cast of Jane by Design in a four-episode guest arc. This time, she will not be portraying a loving, devoted housewife but the long-time MIA mother, Kate — who suddenly re-appears to reunite with her children, Jane and Ben. Onscreen siblings, David Clayton Rogers (Ben) and Erica Dasher(Jane) tell us what their respective character’s thoughts about Mommy’s out-of-nowhere comeback. Is she here to ‘tidy things up’ or to create a family feud?
Mom Kate has been gallivanting the world and spending time at ashrams — but what she’s really been up to is “starring on Desperate Housewives [as Susan] for 10 years,” jokes David Clayton Rogers, who plays her son, Ben. Rogers’ on-screen sis, Erica Dasher (Jane), adds that their fictional mom is “a bit of a free spirit” who’s “afraid of commitment. She’s a very bohemian character.”
Kate’s so boho, in fact, that she abandoned her children to travel the globe. But now the earth mother has come home determined to make things right – and to seek refuge. “She’s at a point in her life where maybe she’s starting to reexamine things — and maybe running away from something else,” reveals Dasher, who adds that Hatcher’s character definitely has some secrets and “even a man that she’s involved with” (played by One Life to Live‘s John Brotherton).
Kate’s biggest threat, though, may come from her own son, who stepped up to become Jane’s guardian following their father’s death and who isn’t too happy to see his mom. Whereas Jane is “really excited to have her back, and [wants] to build a relationship with her,” Dasher says, her older brother is “much more wary.”
“She definitely upsets our happy little family,” adds Rogers. “She comes back and causes a rift between Jane and Ben, because [he] can remember how much it hurt for mom to choose to leave us, and that still stings. Jane was so young that she just misses having a mom.”
Catch this week’s episode “The Second Chance” only on ABC Family.
Source: TV Line