Angie Harmon on dealing with denials: ‘Learn to not take it personally’

Angie Harmon
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Angie Harmon is walking towards a new direction in her career since she ended her reign as Jane Clementine Rioli on Rizzoli & Isles.

The actress spoke in an interview on Wednesday about her latest role in the film Buried in Barstow, in which she stars as Hael King who is a single mother and has decided to shield her daughter from the life she once suffered while protecting and defending those who can’t protect themselves.

“Plucked off the streets of Las Vegas at 15, Hazel was trained as a hitwoman until a surprising pregnancy drives her to leave it all behind,” the show’s synopsis explains. “Living as a single mother running a diner in Barstow with her teenage daughter, Hazel’s past eventually catches up with her and she’s pulled back in for one more hit,” the show synopsis says.

Harmon is also an executive producer on the made-for-TV film. She spoke on the difficulties that are suffered during the project off the ground and explained it as a “learning process” she experienced the same with her sustained longevity in the show business.


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“There’s a lot of crying and heavy drinking, more crying. There’s a lot of rejection, more crying, heavy drinking,” Harmon quipped to journalists during the CTAM virtual winter press tour panel. “You know, it’s fun. It’s great. It’s just one of those things where it’s like, you really start to, in all seriousness, see how long it takes to get a project made, especially one that you believe in,” she said.

The actress also expressed that she had to learn about the rejection personally and also when it comes to pitching any project, she believes that no other person has any idea or vision of the burden she has struggled with.

“There are just so many different facets that go into getting a project done. And this is a real learning experience. And to be very honest, I’m comfortable with the word, no. I’m just not really used to hearing it,” she explained. “Because I’m like, ‘You don’t mean no. You mean yes. Great, fine, and now we all work together.’ But there was a lot of, ‘It’s not really for us.’ What are you talking about? It’s amazing and genius and these actors are incredible. What do you mean it’s not really for you?” Harmon stated.


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She also expressed about her experience and also expressed about the people who have guided her and helped her throughout her career, “So, yeah — it was a very sort of humbling experience, especially when you take it to people that you admire in the business and people that you love and adore in the business and people that have sort of shepherded you through different aspects of your career.”

Adding more, she also told that how to react to any sort of denial and not to take it personally, “And then they say no, and you have to learn just sort of not take it personally. And I believe in it, and I’m amazingly tenacious. I believed in this from the moment that I read it. And so I was just like it has to be made. It has to be done.”

Buried in Barstow is all set to a stream on Lifetime this summer.