Maya DiMeoPlayed by Minnie Driver
Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission. She'll do anything for her husband and her kids, especially JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy. In fact, she's moved her family from school district to school district to find the perfect situation for nonverbal JJ. And now she finally has – an aide to speak for JJ at all times. There's just one catch. JJ's new aide, Kenneth, is a self-described "vibe" guy, and Maya has spent sixteen years meticulously perfecting the art of taking care of JJ. She finds herself both thrilled and secretly a little heartbroken by JJ's newfound independence, which only adds fuel to her fire. Cross Maya or any of her family, and you might just end up on her "dead to me" list.
Minnie Driver first came to the attention of audiences and critics alike in 1995 for her critically acclaimed performance in Circle of Friends, in which she starred with Chris O'Donnell. She went on to earn Oscar and Screen Actors Guild nominations, both in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Miramax's award-winning feature Good Will Hunting, directed by Gus Van Sant. In 1998 she was honored with ShoWest's prestigious Female Star of Tomorrow for her work.
Her film career is not only filled with characters from all over the world, but includes diverse choices in both the independent and major film worlds. Among her critically acclaimed performances are the films Take, which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, the dark comedy Grosse Pointe Blank, Return to Me opposite David Duchovny, the feature of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, High Heels and Low Lifes, The Governess, Beautiful (which she produced with her sister, Kate for their production company, Two Drivers), Big Night, Ella Enchanted, Sleepers, the only female alongside Robert DeNiro, Brad Pitt and Dustin Hoffman, Marc Evans's British musical-comedy, Hunky Dory (opposite Aneurin Barnard), and the British ensemble comedy I Give It a Year.
On the small screen, Driver recently starred as Fiona, a needy, highly strung single mom in the charming comedy About a Boy.
In 2014, Driver appeared in the two-part, four-hour American television miniseries The Red Tent. Based on the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant, the series tells the story of the twelve tribes of Israel. Also that month, Driver appeared in Peter Pan Live! playing the adult version of female lead Wendy Darling in the live staging of the musical.
Driver starred in the television movie Return to Zero, a devastating true story of a couple's attempts to navigate their way through a pregnancy filled with doubt, grief and trepidation. She was nominated for a 2014 Critics' Choice Television Award and a 2014 Primetime Emmy Award on behalf of her performance in the film.
Driver was also seen in Beyond the Lights, opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Danny Glover. She played cutthroat "momager" to Mbatha-Raw's conflicted pop star, Noni Jean. In 2011, Minnie received the Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as "Mrs. P," a New York Jewish American princess and the second of Paul Giamatti's three wives, in the film Barney's Version. Adapted from the 1997 novel written by Canadian author Mordecai Richler, the film also starred Dustin Hoffman.
In 2010, Minnie starred in Conviction, which depicted the true story of a woman – with an unerring Boston cadence – who devotes her life to freeing her brother from a life sentence for a crime she knows he didn't commit. Also in 2010, Minnie starred opposite Jimmy Nesbit in the five-part television series The Deep.
Driver, a singer before she became an actress, lent her vocals to the original title track, "Learn to be Lonely," written by Andrew Llyod Weber, for the 2004 film version of his Phantom of the Opera, directed by Joel Schumacher. The song, which played over the end credits, was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar in the "Best Original Song" category. She also made an indelible impression as Carlotta, the reigning Italian opera house diva, and received critical praise for her performance, including a nomination by the Critics Circle in the Best British Actress in a Supporting Role category.
Driver released her debut album, Everything In My Pocket, in 2004. Driver toured with the Finn Brothers in the UK and headlined her own sold-out tour in the United States. In 2007, Driver's second album, SEASTORIES, was released. The album features performances from Ryan Adams and his band, The Cardinals, as well as indie queen Liz Phair.
Her latest album, Ask Me to Dance, was released on October 7, 2014. The album features Minnie covering a wide array of artists, from Elliott Smith to Neil Young to Frank Sinatra.
On stage, Driver appeared at London's Comedy Theatre with Matthew Perry and Hank Azaria in David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago. The play held the record for the largest box-office advance for a West End show at that time. Other theatrical productions include The Comedy of Errors, The Married Man, School for Scandal and Camino Real.
Among Driver's charitable causes is OXFAM, for which she is a spokesperson. In 2004, she traveled to Cambodia and Thailand for the international aid agency, to draw attention to the exploitation of the poverty stricken workforce in the garment industry. She is also active on behalf of the environment and animal well-being.
Minnie currently lives in Los Angeles.