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26 June 2015

Angie in Luxury Report Magazine

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25 June 2015

Rizzoli & Isles Overnight Ratings for EP602

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Viewership (000s, Live+SD) - 4.005
Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD) - 0.6

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21 June 2015

Rizzoli & Isles Filming at Santa Monica Pier

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18 June 2015

Season 6 Premiere Episode Overnight Ratings

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Viewership (000s, Live+SD) - 4.394
Adults 18-49 rating (Live+SD) - 0.7

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17 June 2015

Angie attends the Women In Film 2015 Crystal And Lucy Awards

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17 June 2015

'Rizzoli & Isles' Boss Previews Jane's New Foe, Frankie at Risk and a Trip to Los Angeles

ImageShowrunner Jan Nash speaks with THR about the premiere's high stakes, starting the year with a clean slate, and how long the TNT drama will run.

Rizzoli & Isles has a new lease on life in season six.

Unlike the season five premiere which had to deal with the ramifications of Jane's (Angie Harmon) pregnancy, Frankie (Jordan Bridges) and Maura's (Sasha Alexander) kiss, and the real-life death of star Lee Thompson Young (who played Frost), the season five finale ended with no notable cliffhangers, allowing the writers a fresh launching pad for the new year.

"The writers were able to come in with a clean slate and say, 'What do we want to do this year with these characters? What are the interesting stories we want to tell?' " showrunner Jan Nash tells The Hollywood Reporter.

But things won't stay so tidy for long. In the season premiere, it appears Frankie shot an unarmed man, and the team must rally around him to clear his name.

Nash also spoke with THR about the duo's upcoming cross-country excursion, which story line she wouldn't do again and more.

Since you chose to avoid a cliffhanger last season, did you have an idea of where you might be going this season? Or did you use the hiatus to take a step back and then brainstorm?

We very consciously aimed at not having a cliffhanger last season. When we started talking about what we would do, and how we would end last season, we did start having very general conversations about "What are the stories that can be told? What are the stories that really worked in the past? And is there a way we can recreate the emotional experience those stories created? How can we do that again?" When we looked at season six, there were some good and fun things that stood out. We had created a character last year for Korsak, Kiki, who was his life coach, and we really wanted to continue to play that out, because it was left open from last season. So we got the chance to say, "What do we want from Vince Korsak this year? What kind of woman is Kiki? What does this mean for him? How are we going to have this unfold?" We've gotten to write some, what we hope, are fun episodes for Bruce McGill who is incredibly talented and delightful actor.

Then with Jane Rizzoli, last year, we put a period at the end of a long sentence in terms of resolving a lot of her stories. We could look at it and go, "What stories have been really satisfying for this character in years' past? And are there things that we could do this year that would be interesting in similar ways?" One of the things that was very effective on the show before I got here was the Hoyt character, the serial killer who was coming after Jane. We've come up with a nemesis arc for Jane that will really span a fairly substantial part of the season -- somebody who has decided that Jane is a problem that needs to be dealt with and will start acting out in a certain way that will grow increasingly more dire through the middle part of the season to the end of the season. It's been very fun to arc [it] out.

This is a show that's had serialized elements throughout the years, and personal elements with the Maura Isles character and crime elements with Hoyt; we're leaning into that. Not to the exclusion of the week in, week out crime story, but giving an episode a richness. For the people who love the show -- the audience has been with the show is very devoted -- for those people, the serialized element is what makes it fun for them, because it's about our characters. The crime of the week works for people who like Rizzoli, but they may not come every week -- the crime of the week will always be there for them to show up, have a mystery they can solve. We're trying to tell really interesting crime stories. People who like that stuff will have 18 really interesting crime stories they'll be able to enjoy, whether they're able to completely interested in the serialized [elements].

Is that foe for Jane the big thematic thrust of the season?

Thematically, we had a very strong theme that ran through last season, which was dealing with loss through the love of your family and friends. This year, especially until you get to the gritty part of the season, it won't be quite as strong of a thematic link. I do think when you get to the end of the season, there will be a sense that the season did have some thematic elements that dealt with what is really important in our lives.

18 episodes for a cable drama is fairly rare. How do you approach breaking them?

It's hard. Here we are in this world of cable where so many people come because of the shorter order than the exhausting network season, which who knows how many shows on network even do 22-24 episodes anymore. I was on Without a Trace for seven years, and we'd make 24 episodes a season, and by the time we got to the 24th episode, you were like, "What are these characters' names again?" You're just so tired you can't think about it. Eighteen isn't quite that many, but it is a lot.

From my perspective, part of the challenge is to keep it interesting for 18 episodes. How do you keep it interesting, in particular, for these fine actors who have been embodying these characters for so long? This season, we're going to end up around the late 80s in terms of episodes. That's a long time to play the same character. The way you make it interesting for [everyone] is to do things you haven't done before. For instance, this year we have an episode where Jane and Maura come to L.A. The case dictates they come to L.A. to follow a lead. So after 80-odd episodes of shooting L.A. for Boston, we're going to shoot L.A. for L.A. We're going to be at the beach and run around and go to clubs, and whatever else we come up with. Doing something like that allows you to tell a story you wouldn't tell in a Boston environment and allows you to have your crew do things they wouldn't normally be doing. That becomes an exciting adventure for everybody. It allows you to give Jane Rizzoli a different attitude -- she loves Boston ... what is Jane Rizzoli's attitude about LA? That gives Angie Harmon a different thing she hasn't played before. The nemesis arc we're building up to, we have to do it in a different way that doesn't feel like the Hoyt story. But when you give her something to push back against, that allows Angie to test different muscles. We're bringing in Maura's adoptive father, and we're putting in a long-standing conflict with the two of them, which allows Sasha to play something she's never played before. Making it interesting makes an 18-episode [season] easier to deal with.

One of the great things … is this show can have a lot of different colors. You can do an episode that's more comedic; you can do an episode that's more of a straight crime drama. It makes them feel different versus getting to the end of 18 and going, "I've done 18 episodes and they were all beige." Hopefully some feel beige and some feel yellow and some feel polka dot, so you feel you have a beautiful quilt.

What can you share about the premiere?

We really wanted to start with something where all of our characters were strongly, emotionally involved with what's happening on screen. The family – and I don't just mean the Rizzolis, I mean this collection of characters – care about each other very, very deeply. That led us to a story where Frankie is at risk, and Frankie needs everyone to help him get out of the situation he finds himself in. The season premiere is a case where Frankie finds himself in professional danger, and everyone has to pitch in to save him. The stakes of that context hopefully feel very high; the characters all have a strong rooting interesting in solving the mystery and helping Frankie. When you get to the end of it, hopefully, it's incredibly satisfying

Since you filmed the premiere episode, the examination of how police behave has really become a cultural conversation in a way it wasn't before. As you were writing the hour, what discussions were had about the balance to make sure you showed all sides?

We did write this and shoot this well before all of this blew up. And there is a risk that it will feel like we're telling a one-sided version of the story, because there's no one in the piece saying, "Frankie did a bad thing" versus just asking "Is it possible he made a mistake?" I can understand why some people might think we've erred on the side of being too gentle with Frankie, but we did this before all this came out in the news. There's no evidence in the course of Rizzoli & Isles to suggest these group of police officers and these people from the medical examiner's office are anything but good, hard-working, ethical people. So hopefully the audience will think the way we've treated this is consistent with who we know these characters to be. To be honest, if it was something someone came up with now, I'd say, "Let's not do it." If we were looking at the same thing now, it's such a difficult issue – people feel very strong about it for lots of really good reasons, on both sides of the reason, that it would be too controversial for this show.

What has you excited about the season, beyond the premiere?

We've added an assistant medical examiner -- Adam Sinclair is playing the part of Kent Drake. We wanted to fill out Maura Isles' world, and have some more people who could be in her world, and we could see her as someone who manages people. We really love [Sinclair] and the energy he brings to the show. There's an episode where we're going to a dog show. And we have a great episode involving a young boy who may or may not be a psychopath. We go to a body farm [for a case]. We have a lot of interesting mysteries, plus some really good and satisfying B-stories for all of these characters. Angela Rizzoli is going to get a boyfriend. We're going to learn a lot more about Nina Holiday, who is the character we brought in last year. We're doing Rizzoli & Isles and trying to flesh out things and characters we already know and love.

Is fleshing out Nina going to happen in one episode or will it be spread out?

It's going to be sprinkled throughout the season. Idara [Victor]is a series regular now, so we're going to be using her more, taking her out of the office a little bit, giving her free-standing stories, letting her intersect with the Rizzoli family a little more, building up her relationship with Frankie, Korsak, and Jane, and making her more of a part of the team.

The show beautifully said goodbye to Frost last year, and there were small callbacks to him in various hours after that. Will that continue this year?

We feel like we told the story to the best of our abilities, and gave it the scope we wanted to give it in being fair to the memory of somebody who had been so important to this show. Some of the things we dealt with at the end of last season, like the figure that was on his desk that moved to Jane's desk, will remain there. His desk will be still empty. People will sit there, but no one will take the spot permanently. In a way that is more indistinct than overt, we'll continue to deal with his continued absence.

At this point in the show's run, do you have a feel for how long it should last?

That is not my decision. I came here late in the show's run, and I've tried to make it the best version I can. I know this year … we have had no trouble continuing to come up with stories for this group of characters. If the show did come back for another year, you'd be crossing through that storied 100th episode. Do I believe there are more stories to be told for these characters? I absolutely do. The question of what TNT and Warner Bros. and the actors decide, that's well above my pay grade. I just know if someone turned to me and asked, "Could you make more of these?" I'd say, "Yeah, sure, it's a great show." Great shows are hard to find.

Rizzoli & Isles airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on TNT.

 

 

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16 June 2015

Sasha attends the Max Mara Face Of The Future

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16 June 2015

Angie attends the Max Mara Face Of The Future

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16 June 2015

5 Things to Expect on Rizzoli & Isles (and 1 Thing That Probably Won't Happen)

ImageIt's no accident that Rizzoli & Isles did not close Season 5 with a cliff-hanger. After taking over the showrunner reins last season, Jan Nash had the foreboding task of dealing with star Lee Thompson Young's death before diving into anything else. So, the promise of Season 6 offered a bit of a reset.

"We wanted to start fresh in Season 6 ... and figure out the stories we could tell, what we think could be fun and interesting for these characters," Nash tells TVGuide.com. "Last year was a lot of heavy stuff going on. This year [there] will definitely be some good emotional strings that we'll be pulling, but they won't have that emotional weight as last year's. You can't do that two years in a row without feeling heavy-handed and clichéd."

Instead, Season 6 will loosely focus on family, getting right to the point on Tuesday's premiere (9/8c, TNT), when Frankie (Jordan Bridges) is implicated in the shooting of a man on a train platform. "The show is about the relationship between Jane [Angie Harmon] and Maura [Sasha Alexander], but in a broader sense, it's about family. We wanted to have an episode that tested the family and gave everybody a rooting interest and everybody would be invested in the outcome," Nash says. "I do think when you get to the end of the season, you look back and see that the episodes tie together from the perspective of stories. There will be some themes related to what we mean to each other. We're really trying to do new and meaningful things in Season 6."

Here are five things to expect on the new season -- and one thing that you can cross off your wish list.
1. An (almost) season-long villain
Toward the latter half of the season, Jane will get tangled up with a new villain and the arc will last through the end of year. "It will unroll in a slow burn," Nash says. "There's a mysterious element to it. It takes a while to figure out what's going on. When they do figure out what's going on, it'll take a while to catch the perpetrator. It will become increasingly clear that Jane is in danger. There will be some fun elements involving Jane getting a bodyguard, things like that. We want to give her a meaningful nemesis in addition to these [standalone episodes]."

2. Bent out of shape over Kent
As we previously reported, Kent Drake (Adam Sinclair), Maura's new assistant medical examiner, is a little left of center -- and he will stay that way. "We wanted to introduce someone who would get under her skin a little bit. He's like her in that he's smart and worldly and interested in a lot of things, but he's not like her in that he's just kind of weird!" Nash says. "As the story unfolds, he's just a little bit of a weirdo! He pops up in weird ways. He's a little unsettling. Maura eventually comes to accept that he's a little weirdo. Toward the middle of the season, there will be a nice story between them and we'll learn a little more about who he is and how he ended up in Boston." And before you ask, they will not mix business with pleasure. The sole purpose of introducing Kent is to give more play to the medical examiner aspect of the show. "We wanted Maura to have someone else to bounce things off of [besides Jane]," she says. "We're not planning on an inter-office romance. They're coworkers. As we go forward, there will be other conflicts of her managing him. It will hopefully make her world more interesting."

3. Maura has daddy issues... again
No, not with Paddy. The show will finally introduce Maura's adoptive father, college professor Arthur Isles (David Odgen Stiers), and not all is well between the two. "It dawned on us as we were breaking the season that we had met all of Maura's family except her adoptive father. If you were going to bring him in, you had to explain why you hadn't seen him," Nash says. "We came up with what we think is a fun story about their relationship and the childhood secret that explains why they aren't closer. It has nothing to do with Maura's adoption or anything like that. This is very much just between Maura and her adoptive father. But there is a secret at the core."

4. Love is in the air...
Christina Chang will play Korsak's (Bruce McGill) heretofore unseen life coach-turned-girlfriend Kiki, and the two will double date with Angela (Lorraine Bracco) and her new boyfriend, Ron (Gregory Harrison). "That happens when Jane and Maura are in Los Angeles on a case," Nash says. "They're both nice relationship stories and we love seeing the two of them happy."

5. ... but not so much for Jane and Maura
The besties will have their share of suitors -- including a competitive bass fisherman who's after Jane in the second episode -- but nothing will get serious for now. "We're gonna bring in characters we hope they have interesting sparks with, but at this moment, we're focused on other things," Nash says. "We're not done with the season yet, so that can change." The real problem is that the actors who have recurred as their other halves get scooped up for series regulars roles elsewhere, the latest being Enver Gjokaj on Agent Carter. "We should just put out there that you should come here to be their boyfriends because then you'll get a series regular on another show," Nash jokes. "That's all you have to do. Come here, do four or five episodes and then you'll get a steady job on another show. We're magic!"

6. No Rizzles this season?
Yes, Nash is aware of the rabid Jane-and-Maura-'shipping. "I will say that we are grateful to have such a devoted audience," she says. "There are so many shows that don't make it out of their first seasons and many of those that do don't make it out of their second seasons. There are very few shows that get to 92 episodes, which is where we'll be after this season. That only happens if you have a devoted, loyal fan base that cares about the characters and the work the actors are doing. We're grateful for that. The people who see the show a certain way and want it to be that, we're grateful that they love the show as much as they do... and that's really all I'm gonna say about it."

 

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Title was changed from: 5 Things to Expect on Rizzoli & Isles (and 1 Thing That Will Never Happen)

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6. No Rizzles
Yes, Nash is aware of the rabid Jane-and-Maura-'shipping. No, it's not gonna happen. "I will say that we are grateful to have such a devoted audience," she says. "There are so many shows that don't make it out of their first seasons and many of those that do don't make it out of their second seasons. There are very few shows that get to 92 episodes, which is where we'll be after this season. That only happens if you have a devoted, loyal fan base that cares about the characters and the work the actors are doing. We're grateful for that. The people who see the show a certain way and want it to be that, we're grateful that they love the show as much as they do... and that's really all I'm gonna say about it."


 

 

12 June 2015

Transcript of Jan Nash's Facebook chat

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Jan Nash: I'm here! Bring on the questions...


Tina Watts: Why is it a mid season break is like 5 episodes from then end of season, and we have to wait 6 month to watch the last 5. I love this show but the breaks are way to long.
Jan Nash: That is just the way the season is structured.

Elizabeth Stuard Will Jane & Maura ever arrive at BPD on Maura's motorcycyle/sidecar? You have to bring that back for those ladies!
Jan Nash I would love that, but sadly the motorcycle we used... can't be driven.

Lisa Del: Will there be a Season 7?
Jan Nash: Ask TNT.

Eve Leroy: How is it to work with Sasha and Angie ? And what can we expect from season 6 ? Darker ?
Jan Nash: There will be some darker stories in season 6.

Irene Zordan: When you knew you were going to be working for Rizzoli&Isles season 5, what were you looking forward to the most? Were you scared about something?
Jan Nash: It's fun to work on a show you'd watch. Which this is.

Diana Palmucci: Jan if you could play 1 character from Rizzoli&Isles for 1 episode who would you choose and why? Thanks and gave fun!
Jan Nash: I would play the detective sitting at a desk in BPD saying nothing. Because I am a terrible actor. Epically bad.

Rachele Gagliardi Hi Jan. We will never hear Jane speak Italian? It would be fun! smile emoticon
Jan Nash: She does say "zeppole" this season. Not sure if that qualifies.

Michelle Dare: would you consider a rizzoli and isles musical
Jan Nash: Not sure that would feel like our show, but it would be amazing. Writers have an expression they sometimes use, "The show in my head." That is now the show in my head.

Carolina Mallet: are we going to see a more girly side of Jane?
Jan Nash: Episode 603, airing 4th. At least I think that's when it will are. Katie Wech wrote it.

Lorraine Brown: Will Lorraine Bracco have a love interest this season that will last this time?
Jan Nash: She will have a love interest. We shall see if it lasts.

Amanda Beck: More of a comment than question - just wanted to say thanks for showcasing two such strong female characters in such a positive light. Inspiration for young girls and women alike! Keep up the great work smile emoticon
Jan Nash: Thanks. All the credit goes to Angie and Sasha, and Janet Tamaro who created the show. But I'm certainly glad to be involved.

Patricia Oatley Bennett: No question, just a great show and I am ready for it to start.
Jan Nash: Me too.

Rachel Roth Resnick: Have you ever thought of doing an episode where the actresses played each other's characters?
Jan Nash: I have thought of that and was told I'd lost my mind. I will tell them you disagree.

Dolores Craig: How many minutes air time does each script get and how difficult is it to cut scenes while keeping the integrity and completeness of the plot?
Jan Nash: Each episode is about 42 minutes. We try to have enough material so we have about 3-4 minutes of extra time. That allows us to pace the show in the way we need to. We rarely cut whole scenes. That's too sad.

Angelica Harrison Atkinson: do yal have as much fun on set as it seems like you do?
Jan Nash: I do.

Tami Mcclain: When you are writing a script, how does it differ from writing a novel? How many pages for a 1 hour show?
Jan Nash: The scripts are about 55 pages. Writing for TV requires you stick to a format, so that they know where to put the commercials. We also have to make our shows for a certain amount. With a novel, you don't have to worry about budgets or where the breaks are. You just have to focus on telling a good story. Which is really hard no matter what you're writing.

Irene Zordan: Have you ever been to Italy? Would you like to? We sure would like to have you here wink emoticon
Jan Nash: I have. Florence and Rome, with a little riding around in trains. Beautiful.

Roberta Nurchis: What do you like most about your job? and what you hate most?
Jan Nash: I like almost everything about my job, especially the people. The only thing I sometimes don't like are the hours. Some days are long. And I like to sleep.

Tami Mcclain: How does Rizzoli & Isles differ from other shows you have done, such as Unforgettable and Without a Trace?
Jan Nash: There's room for more comedy on this show.

Louise Nand: Hi Jan, What episode are you working on right now? And are there many changes for S6?
Jan Nash: Right now, we are shooting 610, breaking 616, editing 609, having playback for 607 and writing episodes 612, 613, 614 and 615. So there's a lot going on.

Réka Gerlei: I love this show so much! Is there any chance the seasons will be longer?
Jan Nash: 18 episodes is a lot in the world of cable.

Elizabeth Kohr: How often do you visit Boston for ideas/filming?
Jan Nash: The only thing we do in Boston is the beautiful flyovers we use between scenes. Russ Grant, one of our writers, is from Boston though. He keeps us honest. Mostly.

Jacob Baker: That show is best show on TV
Jan Nash: thanks

Monique Harrell: I follow her on twitter she is funny.
Jan Nash: Thanks.

Ang Credito: I love Frankie! What kind of things can we see for his character?
Jan Nash The season opener has some really good stuff for Frankie. Check it out.

Titi Crldart: No more Q ... just want to say Hi even if you don't see me
Jan Nash: Hi.

Titi Crldart: Is it hard to find new episodes story or it comes to you naturally?
Jan Nash: We have lots of talented writers with lots of good ideas.

Jan Nash: Five minute warning everyone. I have to go to set to watch a rehearsal.
Jan Nash: Signing off. Thanks for your questions.

 

 


 

 

12 June 2015

Sasha attends TheWrap's 2nd Annual Emmy Party

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10 June 2015

Angie attends premiere of "Jurassic World"

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6 June 2015

'Rizzoli & Isles' Books 'M*A*S*H' Star as Maura's Adoptive Father

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Rizzoli & Isles is introducing an important member of Maura Isles' (Sasha Alexander) family this season.

M*A*S*H vet David Ogden Stiers has been cast as her adoptive father, Arthur, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Though viewers have met Maura's biological parents, Paddy Doyle (John Doman) and Hope Martin (Sharon Lawrence), as well her adoptive mother, Constance (Jacqueline Bisset), throughout the years, little is known about her adoptive father.

 

"We spent a lot of time talking about who that person is," showrunner Jan Nash told THR. "We've seen all of the rest of the characters, why have we not seen that one? It gave us a really interesting opportunity to bring some conflict into the show for the Maura Isles character."

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4 June 2015

Angie attends Tiffany & Co. And Women In Film Celebrate Sue Kroll event

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4 June 2015

Sasha Alexander On 'Shameless': Nudity, Open Marriage And A Younger Man

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Sasha Alexander, a mainstay of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, has temporarily tossed aside Dr. Isles’ lab coat to pursue the role of Helene Runyon in Shameless. As the boundary-pushing Runyon, Alexander embraces nudity, an older woman/ younger man relationship and an open marriage. Of the role she says, “I really wanted to do something that was a complete departure for me.”

Had you always been a fan of Shameless?

Yes, from the beginning, so it was exciting when they called me to be a part of it. I felt so honored. I love the show. I think it’s so much fun and so wild that it was exactly what I wanted to do.

It’s quite a departure from Dr. Maura Isles in Rizzoli & Isles.

Yes. When this came up I wanted to understand the character further, so I got on the phone with the producers of the show and we spoke about the character and who she was. They were concerned initially that I wouldn’t do the nudity and when I said I would, it became a deeper conversation about this woman. She fascinated me, and I liked that you didn’t know she was in an open marriage. It was edgy, it was sexy and different in the sense that, you know, not to say that Dr. Isles isn’t an adult, but I felt like we were reaching into kind of deeper waters here, in terms of adult territory, and what we were playing with. It was more provocative and it was a risk, it was scary.

How did you prepare yourself for those nude scenes, having not dealt with that before?

I’d worked with the John Wells team before, and they’re just the classiest group of people and producers, so I knew I was in good hands. I think what I needed, in order to feel really comfortable, was just to have a conversation with the director and map out what I liked, what I didn’t like, and have them work around that in a way. I never felt that I wouldn’t do nudity in my career, I just didn’t think I’d do it at this age, after two kids. The truth is, is that I don’t have any problems with the human body and things with relationships and sex is a part of life, so I was really open to that. No matter what hang-ups you might have about your body or you how you look, all that is really thrown out the window once you dive into the scene, and in order to make it organic you have to let everything else go. You just do.

What was the dynamic like with Jeremy Allen White as your younger lover Lip Gallagher?

Jeremy is such a talented actor, a wonderful person and very kind. We didn’t really have much warmup. It was literally like 7am and we were shooting one of the first scenes where he comes to Helene’s office and they end up getting it on. It was the first time that they kissed, so it was the first time we kissed, and you know it was really choreography. You kind of have to go for it and sort of see where it lands, but initially I was surprised that we were comfortable and clicked immediately, which isn’t always the case. Sometimes you’re having to just kind of get used to the person’s rhythm in a way, but you know Jeremy has been doing, many years of this. He’s been put into some pretty wild situations on that show, so he’s kind of a pro. I was looking to him like, “Are we good? Is everything okay?” One day Emmy (Rossum) gave me a nice little love lesson about a scene that we had to do, which was kind of an impromptu scene that they added and I was just a little nervous. She said, “Okay. What is it? What do you need to do? I’ve done it all.”

How does it play out with Helene’s husband?

It gets a bit strange. I didn’t know where they were going and so we went with the flow. I had a wonderful actor, Michael Reilly Burke, who plays my husband, and he is just so on the money. That could have been a role that was kind of creepy and weird and it’s not. I feel like he’s rather funny, and his exchanges with Lip are just really ‘off’, so it’ll be curious to see what happens between them. I don’t quite know. My personal feeling on open marriage is I don’t particularly understand, only because I’m a very sensitive and emotional person, and I would want that one-on-one, but it’s interesting to watch, and it was interesting as an actor to explore what that would feel like. Helene is fully exposed, in bed, with another man, and she doesn’t even blink. Her husband walks in and she kisses him as if no one was in the room, and that’s crazy. A few scenes were cut out of the last episode for timing reasons, which were really more about the husband becoming a bit more aware that this was getting more complicated, and he and Lip get into a bit because Lip starts to break some boundaries, but it was interesting to see that because I felt like Helene was in the middle, and where would she go. How would she deal with this now? She created the problem.

Season six is in the works – You’ll be back? Any idea what’s coming up for Helene?

I believe so, yes. But I have no idea whatsoever what’s going to happen.

What would be an ideal role for you now?

This job, working on Shameless, has opened me up to a part of my taste and sensibility that I haven’t had the opportunity to really tap into for a long time. We go where our work is and we go where we’re wanted, and what I really love is to be able to act and have the boundaries open up a bit so that you can play more and explore more. In television unfortunately it’s sometimes like making sausage, like, “don’t change the flavor, or the brand, every week,” and for an actor that can get a little tedious because there is a way great writers can grow those characters and still make them interesting for the audience and the actor. I would love to produce and star on a show. I came out of film school producing, I’ve been developing things and now I think it’s time for me to do that. I’ve gained a lot of experience in television, so that’s my next step.


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3 June 2015

Rizzoli & Isles Sccop

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TVGuide Mega Buzz:You Won't Know What to Think of Rizzoli & Isles' New Medical Examiner

Maura (Sasha Alexander) is getting some help at the medical examiner's office on Rizzoli & Isles in the form of Kent Drake (Adam Sinclair), and he'll definitely keep her -- and you -- guessing as to who he really is.

For starters, Kent, a military school grad who trained in Glasgow and did a tour in Afghanistan, makes quite an, um, interesting first impression on Maura in the Season 6 premiere after she walks in on him having already set up shop, wearing a loud floral shirt and... FiveFingers running shoes. Jane (Angie Harmon) jokes that, with a name like Kent Drake, he's a secret superhero, but is he hiding something more nefarious? You'll get a little bit more info as to the real Kent Drake by the end of the episode.

 

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Please tell me anything about the new season of Rizzoli & Isles! — Trina
Frankie lands in hot water when the show returns, forcing Jane to take an investigation into her own hands in a bid to clear her brother’s name.


 

 

1 June 2015

Angie at the Critics Choice Awards

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