The Broadway veteran found herself on the Emmy winning series after the perfect role opened up for her as Kevin Spirtas' mother. Peil was nominated for two Tony Awards, one in 1985 for her performance as Anna Leonowens in Follies. When asked what it's like being on set she answered, "Oh my God," laughing. She said, "It's ridiculous. It's just so, so much fun. It's such a great group of people."
After Forever is the story of Brian and Jason, a 50-ish New York City gay couple, who have it all. But when a tragic death leaves Brian alone, his life is changed forever. It has won 6 Daytime Emmy Awards, and garnered much attention online.
Her notable film credits include portraying Jack Lemmon's love interest in The Odd Couple II (1999), and performances in The Stepford Wives (2004), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Mirrors (2008), Maladies (2012), and Collateral Beauty (2016).
In 2020 she was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer for the role of Helen in After Forever.
The late Michael Slade, who helped create the series, once said, “We as gay men, after we’re no longer 35, tend to disappear from popular culture.” The writing process was cathartic for Slade, whose partner, Richard, died of cancer ahead of him.
Michael believed After Forever changes the way older gay men are portrayed through characters who embark on relatable adventures in life and in love.