For many, being behind bars—even imaginary ones—for hours might be a drag. But for Angie Harmon, who plays detective Jane Rizzoli on the hit TNT series Rizzoli & Isles, it’s just another day at the office. Now in its seventh and final season (which concludes September 5), the show recently celebrated its 100th episode in what was, perhaps, its least glamorous location: a women’s prison. “The setting absolutely informed the performance,” says Harmon, who directed the episode. “But I was so excited and busy I didn’t have time to get depressed.” For her first turn taking the reins, Harmon incorporated heavy movement in her shots (“I feel the movement informs the pacing of the scenes and episode,” she says) and aimed for angles that had never been used on the show before, such as time-lapse shots accomplished via swooping crane. Is the actor-director as confident when it comes to the decor choices in her L.A. home? AD investigates.
Describe your home in five words or less. Victorian exterior; modern, colorful interior.
What’s your favorite piece that you purchased for your home? That’s an impossible question for me to answer because it leans from a newly renovated kitchen to a wood-and-silver Lotus Arts de Vivre centerpiece bowl I brought back from Thailand to one of five existing Simen Johan photographs. I did just recently add an outdoor seating area with a fireplace and pizza oven that’s pretty spectacular.
What’s always in your fridge? Fifteen different kinds of extraordinarily hot sauces.
Where do you watch TV? Definitely the family room, where my girls and I snuggle up on the couches and usually fall asleep. We were just watching The Amazing World of Gumball, which is a big favorite at our house.
What’s on your bedside table? A stack of books. I’m currently enjoying The Woman Who Says No by Malte Herwig. It’s the epic story of Françoise Gilot, the muse to a slew of geniuses, including Picasso, Matisse, and Jonas Salk. She was the epitome of a rebel, muse, and artist. What song has been playing most often in your home of late? Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”
What famous person, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? My grandmother Maria Caravageli. She was an incredibly strong and gifted woman who was way ahead of her time. I’d love to pick her brain to see how she did it all—she was a loving mother of four with the most wicked sense of humor; she owned her own business; she was a huge community leader and the consummate hostess, as she had people over 24/7. The world may not have known her, but she was famous to me.
What was the best movie prop you’ve gotten to take home? That would be from Rizzoli & Isles. I got to take home my badge—which has a close friend’s birthday as the badge number—my keys, and my holster. More importantly, I walked away with the best relationships and friends a person could wish for.
What details on the show really make you feel like you’re inhabiting an authentic world? Definitely my props, as I don’t feel like I’m truly in Jane’s skin unless I have my gun and badge. Our art department is off-the-charts, crazy-good, and they painted the most beautiful canvases with our surroundings, including our character’s homes, crime scenes, investigative locations. I think a meticulously designed set is imperative for an actor.
What was the first thing you splurged on when you made it big? A matching set of Louis Vuitton luggage.