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Hoping to return: ‘Longmire’ role left fond memories of New Mexico for Sam Daly

Sam Daly grew up thinking he was going to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Little did he know that he would end up acting, following in the footsteps of his mom and dad – Amy Van Nostrand and Tim Daly.

“My aunt (Tyne Daly) is also a celebrated actor,” he says. “I was surrounded by actors and everyone in my family is an artist in some shape or form.”

Though acting was prominent in his family, it wasn’t until Daly took a film class in college that he was hooked.

“I threw myself into acting classes, and the rest is history,” he says.

Daly can be seen – acting alongside his father – in a few episodes of the CBS hit series “Madam Secretary,” which airs at 8 p.m. Sundays.

“Madam Secretary” explores the life of Elizabeth McCord, played by Téa Leoni, as the determined and newly appointed U.S. secretary of state who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics, and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home.

The show also focuses on the personal lives of her family and staff, including her press secretary, Daisy Grant, played by Patina Miller and her fiancé Win Barrington, played by Daly, a medical marijuana industry lobbyist who learns that she has been unfaithful to him with Matt Mahoney, played by Geoffrey Arend, the secretary’s speechwriter.

“I enjoy challenging roles,” Daly says. “Luckily, I haven’t been pigeonholed.”

Daly also has a history with New Mexico, as his cousin lives in Santa Fe.

And not to be forgotten is his role on “Longmire.” He hopes to return soon for another project.

“When I was out there, I had such a great time in Santa Fe,” he says. “I remember I was out there at the end of March and I packed shorts and T-shirts. I was at The Shed to eat, and by the time I got out of the restaurant, it was snowing. I was totally surprised.”

During his time filming “Longmire,” Daly became aware of how fast the New Mexico film industry is growing.

“They are shooting so many shows, and it’s such a beautiful landscape,” he says. “There’s an amazing infrastructure as far as crew goes. When I was out there, I became part of the film community, and that doesn’t really happen anywhere else.”

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