Laura Linney has no qualms about baring all onscreen.

She explained, "I'm a real tart. I've been naked in a lot of movies. I feel that the nudity in some way will add to the story or the understanding of the character, I'll do it."

Laura is the latest Academy Award nominee to star in a TV series. In "The Big C" she plays a woman diagnosed with terminal melanoma.

Linney plays Cathy, who no longer takes any crap from her son or her husband. She’s emboldened to stand up to bullies and help her teenage students without sugarcoating their obesity issues. She attacks a school bus with a paintball gun, sunbathes nude in her yard and goes for a hilarious waxing.

The series premiered on Showtime on Monday.

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