Last Man Standing fans know actress Nancy Travis as Vanessa, wife of the show's central character, Mike Baxter (Tim Allen). But after the sitcom was axed by ABC in 2017, Nancy took on a different project. She was cast as the female lead of , a new comedy series starring Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas, which first premiered on Netflix in November.
"Last Man Standing was cancelled and I was back on the street pounding the pavement looking for work," Nancy explained in an interview with . "Then this project flowed into existence. I don’t think they were ready to cast the part of Lisa, but somehow my name was brought up to [producer] Chuck Lorre and we had a meeting. Next thing I know, we were working together."
The Kominsky Method focuses on Sandy Kominsky (Michael), an aging actor who had a brush with fame years ago. He now works as a Hollywood acting coach while also trying to juggle the ups and downs of life with his grieving friend and agent, Norman (Alan). Nancy plays Lisa, a middle-aged, single mother who decides to take lessons from Sandy after a recent divorce—and quickly finds that she and her teacher have a romantic connection.
The Golden Globe-winning series proved to be a success and was for a second season on Netflix, with Nancy returning as a series regular. Don't worry, Last Man Standing fans—the talented actress plans to stick with both The Kominsky Method and the newly resurrected FOX sitcom.
"I love what I do. And I like to be busy and be doing it," Nancy said in an interview with . "And I’m so grateful and blessed to have opportunities [as] I have. So I say yes to everything."