"I was being offered parts that I felt like I had done before," she said. "They weren't exciting enough for me to leave my family for four months. I realised some of the best writing especially for women, was on television. The minute I started to read it, I couldn't put it down."
The mother of two plays astronaut Molly Woods who returns from a year-long solo space mission pregnant.
"Molly is a strong female character, which I really love to play. Molly is a complicated woman with a complicated family," the actress told Entertainment Weekly.