9-1-1 Lone Star actress opens up on heartbreaking Tommy scene

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9-1-1 Lone Star actress Gina Torres has shared her thoughts on that emotional scene for Tommy Vega in the drama's latest episode.

'The ATX-Files' saw Tommy (Torres) dealing with her grief for late husband Charles (Derek Webster) on their 15th wedding anniversary by preparing a romantic dinner for two – and sitting down to it alone.

Torres has told TVLine that she feels that this sad but beautiful scene was a wonderful way to move Tommy and Charles's love story into its next phase, adding that the show had "earned this moment" of reflection.

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"My first response when I get a script like this is that I hope I can pull it off," she said. "I always hope we have the time to do it right, because the pace on TV shows is so fast. You want to give it the breath that it needs so that it doesn't feel forced.

"The good news is that I feel that we really earned this moment. We established such a beautiful love story between Tommy and Charles, so it made sense that this relationship would take an eternal form."

Tommy ended up having a chance encounter with a healer in the episode after her daughters became convinced that their house is haunted, which made her feel that perhaps Charles was trying to send her messages from beyond the grave.

"Anyone who has lost someone, regardless of where their faith is centred, wants to believe that the person is still with them in some way," Torres explained, adding that she "loved going here with Tommy".

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The actress, who has also starred in Westworld and Suits, explained that she loved the concept of Tommy preparing a meal for her late husband, particularly as she "grew up with the practice of putting something out on special occasions, putting out an offering for the person that you love".

"Some people might not get that, but if someone as pragmatic as Tommy can take that leap, why not, right?" she added. "And it gives her peace. So if I can, in turn, give that peace to somebody who may be watching the show and struggling with mourning in their own way, my job is done."

The star also spoke about how the exit of her on-screen husband Derek Webster made her feel "upset" and like she had been "sucker punched", but added that she has enjoyed the opportunity to play a different side to Tommy.

"We deal with life and death all the time, but it's usually outside of us," she said. "This episode is a reminder of how important it is to mourn, however you need to do it.

"Feelings are things that we have and should be allowed to have and move through. There's no right or wrong way to do it."

9-1-1: Lone Star airs on FOX in the US and on Sky Witness in the UK.

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