You know there’s a problem when the corpse starts laughing. All morning on the set of Rizzoli & Isles, Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander have been struggling to get through a morgue scene. The cadaver on the slab has a zipper-like slash across the throat, but it’s Alexander who looks like death. She’s been fighting a cold and losing.
“Man! Can someone get Sasha a Kleenex?” Harmon says to hoots and giggles after Alexander derails another take with a sneeze. The dead woman’s shoulders start jiggling. Alexander tilts her head back in fluish exhaustion and says, “I should probably get stock in Kleenex.”
At least the show is healthy. TV’s hottest crime-solving duo enters Season 4 as the third-best-rated series on basic cable. Rizzoli & Isles averaged more than 7.5 million viewers on TNT last season, capped by a finale that, come to think of it, had some major health issues of its own.
After serious reflection (and pressure from her biological mom, Hope), Maura Isles, the erudite, fashion-forward Boston medical examiner played by Alexander, agreed to give up her kidney anonymously to save the half sister she barely knows. Jane Rizzoli, Maura’s best friend and tough-talking colleague in the Boston Police Department, tried persuading her injured-soldier boyfriend, Casey (Chris Vance), not to go through with potentially life-threatening spine surgery. Meanwhile, Jane’s kid brother, Tommy (Colin Egglesfield), Tommy’s baby, T.J., and a detective had to be dug out of a collapsed building.
Gillian Jacobs, Jordana Brewster and Jason Ritter, among other film and television writers, directors and stars, have been announced as the talent participating in the 24 Hour Plays in Los Angeles.
This is the third annual production of the plays, which take six writers, six directors, 24 actors and 24 hours to create. The actors will arrive with a prop and a costume at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica on June 21. Each writer will take inspiration from the actors and their props and compose a 10-minute play by 7 am the following morning. Directors choose which play they want by 9 am and the cast has until 8 pm to rehearse before the shows go live.
Sasha Alexander (“Rizzoli & Isles”)
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Case Closed: Crafting The Shifting Worlds Of Rizzoli & Isles (Featurette) * The search and inspiration for the ever-widening, eye-popping worlds that Rizzoli and Isles explore through their cases. * Family Matters (Mini-Featurettes) * Family Matters: Team Players * Family Matters: The Detective And The Doctor * Family Matters: The Rizzoli Clan * Family Matters: Maura’s Journey * Personnel Files (Pods) * Jane Rizzoli * Maura Isles * Vince Korsak * Barry Frost * Frankie Rizzoli * Angela Rizzoli * Cavanaugh * Deleted Scenes * Gag Reel
“I have toddlers, so there’s always a pacifier or a stray sock in my bag. I’m like, How does one sock get in here? Where did the other one go?”
Words to Live By
“I use this key chain that says LOVE THE LIFE YOU LIVE AND LIVE THE LIFE YOU LOVE.”
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Confronting criminals is nothing new to actress Sasha Alexander. After all, she plays the nerdy medical examiner fighting crime with her tomboy partner in TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” which returns Tuesday. And she was one of the intrepid investigators in the first two years of “NCIS.”
But Alexander also managed a little crime busting in real life.
“When I was 19 years old I ended up in two very dangerous situations in a month. I was in a bank robbery, and I was held at gunpoint by some young gangsters,” she says over a Cobb salad in a hotel restaurant here.
“When this happened to me, I was incredibly strong and clear. I was almost defiant in the way that I dealt with the situation … In the bank robbery there was a woman in front of me as the men came in, who was an elderly woman, and I got so scared because he had a gun trained on her. So I stepped right in front of her, not even thinking. Even my move could’ve made him do something. I didn’t think about it. So after the fact I went into a paralyzed state of shock,” she recalls.
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