LOS ANGELES (AP) — Annette O'Toole is reveling in her “Virgin River” role as the unpredictable mayor of a small town whose woodsy, peaceful setting belies its residents' roller-coaster lives.

Her character is older but not always wiser, including in love. That goes against Hollywood's tendency to view midlife-plus as past the sell-by date for nuanced storytelling, and O'Toole counts herself fortunate to play Hope McCrea.

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