Tea Leoni gets go-ahead from kids for TV return

BETH HARRIS Associated Press Published:

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Tea Leoni got the go-ahead from her kids to get back to work.

The 48-year-old "My Cousin Vinny" actress has worked sparingly in recent years while being at home with 15-year-old daughter, Madelaine, and son, Kyd.

"I turned to my 12-year-old son and I said, 'It's going to be a little tricky. I'm not going to be around as much. Are you cool with that?'" Leoni said Thursday. "He said, 'Yeah, I was getting kind of sick of you,'" she said. "So I'm back."

Leoni plays the U.S. secretary of state with Tim Daly as her husband in the upcoming CBS show "Madam Secretary."

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