Ione Skye has been cast as Veronica in the ABC comedy pilot The King of 7B, which stars Craig Ferguson.
Skye will play the love interest of Ferguson’s character in a guest role. The half-hour show is written by Howard Franklin, who is also an executive producer with Dan Fogelman.
Ferguson, the former Late Late Show host and host of Celebrity Name Game, plays a reclusive agoraphobic who ventures out of his apartment for the first time in years.
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“It’s fun, because it’s a love interest,” Skye tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I was thinking, &lsquoWow, I wonder if I’ll ever play a love interest again?’ because I’ve been playing the quiet, concerned mother lately. And I’m not that old. I’m 44.”
Skye, who was born in London and raised in L.A., broke out as teenager in the 1989 movie Say Anything.
She made her film debut in River’s Edge (1986) and has had roles in films including The Rachel Papers (1989), Zodiac (2007) and on TV in Private Practice, Arrested Development and other shows.
“I had that classic arc where you get a good run in the beginning and then you sort of sabotage yourself and live your life and face the regular ups and downs of a career,” said Skye. “But over the years, it has never come to a complete halt.”
Skye is married to musician Ben Lee and has two daughters, 13 and 5. Besides acting, Skye has created her own short films as well as painted and written.
In 2014 she published a children’s book, My Yiddish Vacation, about two children who visit their Jewish grandparents. The book explains various Yiddish words so a child can understand them.
Skye is managed by Oren Segal of Radius Entertainment and is represented by Don Buchwald and Associates.
The pilot is from ABC Studios and Rhode Island Ave. Productions.