Kiele Sanchez is very proud of "The Glades," her new Sunday dramedy series on A&E Network. Just don't ask her to describe it.
"Honestly, trying to describe this show to people is the bane of my existence," she says. "I really have no idea. But that's one of the things that drew me to it, actually, the fact that I couldn't really put my finger on what it was, and the writing was just so great. There's a music to it that I really liked."
The actress stars as Callie Cargill, a sharp-minded medical student whose already complex life with a young son and a husband in prison is made even more complicated once a new man enters her life: Jim Longworth, a handsome Chicago detective (Aussie newcomer Matt Passmore) who has relocated to the sleepy backwater of Palm Glade, Fla.
Sanchez has nothing but praise for Passmore, with whom she has a relaxed chemistry.
"Matt is kind of a dream in every way," she says. "He's fun to play with on the set, and we joke around all the time, and we've already become really good friends. It's very easy to have chemistry with him. I really do think he is going to explode after this."
Sanchez says series creator Clifton Campbell, a native Floridian, was eager to capture the beauty and quirkiness of the state, something that filming in Hallandale Beach, between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, makes easier.
"The sucky part is that you are away (from home), and it's just really, really hot," she adds. "It usually cools off at night in L.A., so I am not used to this heat and humidity around the clock. The second you walk off the plane, it's like stepping into a steam bath. You can't breathe for 10 or 15 seconds."