Jennifer Taylor is an angel on a mission from God within the new miniseries “Saved By Grace.”
The 50-year-old actress, who beforehand starred as Chelsea Melini on the long-running CBS comedy “Two and a Half Males,” performs Grace, a divine being who intercedes within the lives of atypical people to assist reply their prayers.
Whereas Taylor’s new collection could seem a departure from the bawdy sitcom for which she is greatest recognized, the New Jersey native informed Fox Information Digital there is a connection between the 2.
“With out ‘Two and a Half Males,’ I would not be on ‘Saved by Grace,’” Taylor mentioned.
The actress defined that getting the function of the primary girl that Charlie Sheen’s playboy character confessed he cherished was a miracle in itself.
Taylor was forged as Charlie Harper’s future fiancée in 2008 amid the financial disaster and a writers strike that introduced many productions to a halt. On the time, she was struggling to seek out work and on the verge of leaving performing behind. Taylor had already made plans to maneuver out of Los Angeles together with her husband and two youngsters.
“We have been going to maneuver again residence to Florida as a result of issues have been actually exhausting out right here,” she mentioned.
“We put our home up on the market, after which I am like, ‘All proper, I am going to return to highschool.’ I began finding out once more to complete my bachelor’s after which, actually, seven days later, I received Chelsea.
“So I mentioned, OK, God, I suppose we’re not going wherever but,” she added. “It was a solution to prayer.”
Taylor was no stranger to the “Two and Half Males” set as a result of she had performed three characters in earlier seasons of the present. She appeared briefly within the pilot episode then returned within the second season as an ex-girlfriend of Charlie’s and performed his potential one-night stand in season 5.
The ups and downs of Chelsea and Charlie’s relationship have been a principal storyline of the present’s sixth and seventh seasons. Sheen was fired from “Two and Half Males” in season 8 after making a string of derogatory remarks about creator Chuck Lorre.
On the time, the actor had additionally entered rehab for drug and alcohol dependancy and was going through allegations of abuse from a number of ladies.
Taylor mentioned she solely had constructive experiences with Sheen, whom she described as a “regular, enjoyable, good man.”
“Once I was on it, the day-to-day expertise was fantastic,” she informed Fox Information Digital.
“I received together with Charlie actually, rather well. He did his job. He is superb at it. I additionally type of had blinders on a bit of bit as a result of I had two young children. I used to be ending my bachelor’s diploma on the identical time. I got here to work, and I got here residence.
“I do not comply with tabloids or something,” Taylor added. “So I did not actually know till issues began going a bit of haywire.”
Whereas she mentioned she knew there was some “unhealthy blood” between Lorre and Sheen, she had good relationships with each and collection co-lead Jon Cryer.
“Engaged on that sitcom was my first actually huge job. And I used to be simply so glad to be there,” she mentioned.
“I simply look again on it with nothing however fond recollections,” Taylor added. “I realized a lot by watching them day by day. I used to be similar to, ‘Am I actually attending to work with these individuals?’ I saved on ready for them to determine that I should not be there.”
Although Taylor has appeared in quite a lot of completely different tasks throughout many genres, together with Adam Sandler’s comedy “The Waterboy,” the neo-noir thriller “Wild Issues” and the spy TV collection “Burn Discover,” she mentioned she has more and more discovered herself drawn to faith-based content material.
“As I’ve gotten older and have youngsters and take into consideration the mark that I am leaving now, I need among the issues that I do to imply one thing,” she mentioned.
“Any performing job is a miracle and a blessing in itself, and I am thrilled for that. But when it is one thing the place I get to share my religion, which may assist someone down the highway. There’s simply a lot darkish stuff on, and I feel individuals are craving issues that provide them one thing extra.”
Previous to starring on “Saved by Grace,” Taylor appeared in Pure Flix’s 2018 Christian drama “God’s Not Useless: A Gentle within the Darkness.” She additionally starred reverse Billy Ray Cyrus within the 2014 Christian movie “Like a Nation Tune.”
“Saved by Grace” premiered Nov. 6 and has been in comparison with traditional reveals corresponding to “Touched by an Angel” and “Freeway to Heaven.” Taylor informed Fox Information Digital she believes reveals about angels are beloved by audiences as a result of they supply “that hope that there’s something else on the market and that God makes use of them to assist us.”
“I feel there may be simply numerous hope and considering that anyone you meet could possibly be despatched there to information you,” Taylor mentioned.
“As a believer, I do know that there are angels. Can we get to see them on a regular basis? I feel largely, no. However generally in hindsight, you stroll away from a scenario like there isn’t a earthly means that that simply occurred.”
Taylor mentioned she believes viewers might be comforted and impressed by the five-part collection.
“I feel they are going to take a look at their days and their troubles and their trials differently,” she mentioned. “And I feel if they’ll come away and say, ‘I can ask for assist and assist might be given,’ I feel that that alone simply provides you the hope that you just suppose you could’t muster up.
“There’s a lot hope,” she added. “And I feel individuals are actually hungry for that.”
“Saved by Grace” is streaming now on Pure Flix.