I’m sorry about that, because I would have liked for her to have seen some of this.She was a master negotiator.” On her own mom, Emily Patterson Pantaleoni, Tea said, “My mother’s a pistol.Tea cited the difference in a reality-based drama versus her ex’s popular TV series.“I remember when David was doing ‘The X-Files.’ They’d see an alien, then two weeks later, they have to act like they’ve never seen an alien. Greatest challenge “The greatest challenge, going into the third season, is that this woman came into this not as a career politician, but as someone with very fresh eyes at every negotiation, devastation and disaster.” With a smile, Tea cracked, “I’ve negotiated quite a bit, and I’ve solved some rather incredible crises in the world.
I remember the first time it was printed that it was suggested that West, our daughter, was an alien. But it ended up influencing some people who didn’t understand the fun of that.” The show couldn’t be timelier.
They went on to reconcile months later, only to split again in 2011.
Leoni ultimately filed for divorce three years later after 17 years of not-so wedded bliss.
She has an absolute intolerance for injustice.” About how she would like to see her character in the future, Tea answered, “How about if I do become president, I nominate and put forward another secretary of state, who’s female? As she gets better at negotiation, I [also] have to get better.
Then, we don’t have to change the name of the show. That’s the producer in me but, as an actor, I haven’t decided yet. I’ve negotiated pretty much with everybody already. I want to keep something alive—a new point of view of her.