Heather Locklear looks very different in comeback role for Lifetime film

Heather Locklear looks very different in comeback role for Lifetime film

Heather Locklear returns.

The “Melrose Place” alum will be making her comeback to TV with a new Lifetime flick produced by Meghan McCain — and Amanda Woodward looks very different this time around.

Locklear, 59, plays Kristine Carlson in the upcoming television film “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story.” The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Kristine and her husband, Dr. Richard Carlson. At a press event for the drama, she opened up about her fear of returning to the small screen after four years away.

“The challenging part of it was so fearful for me,” she said during Lifetime’s Fall Movies event on Tuesday.

To prepare for the film, the “Perfect Man” star consulted with Kristine herself, namely for a scene in the emotional film where Locklear’s character learns her husband died.

Meghan McCain produced Heather Locklear's newest drama, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff."
Meghan McCain produced Heather Locklear’s newest drama, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.”Lifetime

“She said, ‘It’s almost like a child dying.’ And that stopped me in my tracks,” Locklear explained, adding that she wasn’t sure if she could find the feelings to do the scene, but she ultimately “felt very safe.”

Locklear later spoke to People about how coming back to filming was “so easy” for her after her hiatus. “I don’t know why I was so fearful of memorizing lines, how about getting emotion across,” she said.

“Hot in Cleveland” actress and friend Valerie Bertinelli gave her much encouragement to get back into the acting game. Locklear said it “felt really good to hear from someone else fearing the way I feared.”

The “Spin City” actress was last seen back in June looking fresh-faced when she was spotted going makeup-free while getting a bite to eat. In 2020, she celebrated a big milestone — one year of sobriety. A friend of the actress told People last year that “she is doing great and looks great.”

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Locklear’s newest project, a Lifetime movie, is her first role in four years.

“She is gardening and taking walks and cooking like a fiend,” the friend said, noting that Locklear cooks for her elderly parents. “It’s so thoughtful. She’s strong and clear-headed and she’s thoughtful about others.”

Locklear last appeared on the series “Too Close to Home” from 2016 to 2017.

“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” will drop on Oct. 16 on Lifetime. 

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