On A&E Network's Sunday crime drama, "The Glades," Michelle Hurd plays Colleen Manus, the regional director for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Along with dealing with all the bizarre crimes and weird criminals that pop up in her corner of South Florida (the show films in Fort Lauderdale), Manus also must cope with her most talented detective, Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore), who tends to irritate people on the way to catching the perpetrators.
Despite the stress of the job, Hurd says you'll never see Manus reaching for a hankie because of her troubles.
"I'm a kid of procedurals," Hurd says. "My first contract role was on 'Law & Order.' You don't see Dann Florek, all of a sudden, on 'Law & Order,' lamenting something.
"I also feel that if you have everybody having emotional breakdowns, then really it's not a good department. I appreciate the fact that she's just pragmatic. She needs to get the job done, and she doesn't want to deal with your personal issues. 'Pull it together. Get it together and do the job I'm asking you to.'
"I like that. I enjoy that. Back in the day with 'The Practice,' which I did as well, you'd have everybody crying. I'd think, 'Good Lord, if I was on trial, and my lawyer kept crying, I'd be like, 'You need to pull it together!' "
Besides, viewers might not notice if Manus was crying, because she might be dripping wet anyway. The show does shoot in Florida, after all.
"You're hit with the humidity (here), flash thunderstorms," Hurd says. "Last year, there'd be moments when the sun was just ridiculously pounding down on us, and then all of a sudden, they're like, 'Get into the car! Get into the van!' It would just rain."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun