Jennifer Jason Leigh Teases "Dark and Surprising" Role on Revenge

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It's the most anticipated role on Revenge Season 2: Jennifer Jason Leigh as Kara Wallace Clarke, Emily's long-lost mother.

Viewers, along with Emily herself, learned on the May finale that this mysterious character was actually alive, prompting the obvious questions: Where the heck has she been? Why did she leave her daughter and her family?

"This is a woman who has battled demons her entire life," executive producer Mike Kelley tells TV Guide Magazine. "She's a borderline personality with serious mental disorders. We will learn that her separation from Amanda as a young girl was because Amanda was not safe around her."

But that wasn't always the case, as this first look at Kara reveals. A very long time ago, mother and daughter simply played on the beach:

Jennifer Jason Leigh on Revenge

Expect Kara to possess a connection to the Graysons when we meet her this fall, and also expect the unexpected teases Leigh.

"Emily's memories of her mom are all coming back to her. The truths about Kara will be teased out slowly. It's going to be really dark and surprising."

Revenge moves to Sundays and returns on September 30.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


Looking forward to watching these mysteries play out on the new season my favorite shows are Revenge, Once Upon A Time, Pretty Little Liars, and Gossip Girl Im glad that Once and Revenge are on the same night now and that my PLL obsession wont interfer with the final season of GG

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Revenge Quotes

My father once wrote, always question where your loyalty lies. The people you trust will expect it, your greatest enemies will desire it and those you treasure the most will without fail, abuse it.

Emily Thorne

Upon embarking upon a path of revenge, Confucius warns that one should dig two graves. Confucius was right. The second of the two graves was meant for me. I was only saved by my father's infinite love. I know now that revenge only brings darkness. I couldn't see the light until I considered my father's advice to try and forgive. It's not easy but my father once said that nothing worth doing ever is. Well, with one exception.