AUSXIP Rizzoli and Isles


Rizzoli & Isles star slips into director's chair

Posted on 15 August 2016

ImageThere are only four episodes left in this drama’s final season, and this week, when a forensic accountant is gunned down in a park, Jane (Angie Harmon) and Maura (Sasha Alexander) are drawn into a sophisticated Ponzi scheme — and the prime suspect is someone from Maura’s past. Alexander, who directed the episode, talks to The Post about winding down her seven seasons as Maura Isles.

What was it like stepping behind the camera?
I went to film school at USC, I directed some short films, but it’s the first time I’ve directed episodic television. My years of being on the set and also my past education in it … it was truly the most fun I have had since film school. I really, deeply love the collaboration. When you’re an actor it’s very insular, but when you’re behind the scenes you really do have to work with every crew member in order to make it happen.

How is Jane handling the job offer she recently received?
Jane is struggling with the decision because it means such a huge life change for her. It’s a very big move — she leaves her hometown that she’s never left, her family, her best friend, her work, and it’s to take an FBI job that’s more of a desk job. It’s turning away from one of the biggest parts of who she is and accepting a different way of life. That’s her big conflict.

How does it feel to say goodbye to a character you’ve played for seven years?
The last day of shooting on the set of Maura’s office and the autopsy room … we did a scene where I turn off the lights in that room, and that was the last moment. I was supposed to be emotional in the scene as an actor and I kept my tears back because I wasn’t supposed to be crying, and the minute they called a wrap on that set I burst into tears. It becomes a part of you … It’s seven years of Maura’s sunny disposition and personality that helped influence my days and I will miss that a lot.

Did you take any souvenirs from the set?
A tea set that I always loved, a really beautiful, really ornate French tea set. I took a very large photograph from Maura’s office of five women performing an autopsy in the 1800s. It’s quite powerful; they’re very female in their dresses, standing over this corpse.