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article imageSasha Alexander examines the heart & soul of 'Rizzoli & Isles' Special

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By Earl Dittman     May 23, 2012 in Entertainment
For the past two summers, actresses Sasha Alexander and Angie Harmon have proven that two heads are better than one in the hit drama series Rizzoli & Isles. This summer, the duo is back, both on DVD and on TNT for Season Three of Rizzoli & Isles.
With former NCIS team member Sasha Alexander playing Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background, and one-time Law & Order ADA Angie Harmon portraying the tough-as-nails Boston police detective Jane Rizzoli, the pair share a quirky and wonderfully watchable chemistry on Rizzoli & Isles (based on the crime novels by best-selling author Tess Gerritsen). Despite being complete opposites, the two fictional women share an unconventional friendship and a strong working relationship that lets them solve the most complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston.
"I don't know that you can compare it to another show because each show has its own individuality," explains the LA-born Alexander when asked about starring in a show with two strong female leads. "However, on our show, I think when you have two different women coming from two very different backgrounds -- but two strong women. It's fun for us because we get to explore how each one of them approaches their job and how they bring their own experiences to it. In this case, Jane and Maura don't always agree on how to go about solving something. They both are very different in their approach, and a lot of times, that can lead to you know potential conflict and obviously, then figure in a debate you know to figuring out who and what is the right way to do it. So, I just think that we have more opportunity to you know to have a bit more of that banter between each other. And given that the two women are so different, it really – there's really something to play with."
Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles and Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli in  Rizzoli & Isles
Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles and Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli in 'Rizzoli & Isles'
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Although Sasha has appeared in a number of several highly-rated shows such as Dawson's Creek, CSI, House, M.D. and Dark Blue -- plus roles in such films as Mission Impossible 3 (With Tom Cruise), Yes Man (with Jim Carrey) and Tenure (with Luke Wilson) -- as mentioned, Alexander (born Suzanna Drobnjakovic) is best known for her three seasons (2003 to 2005) as Agent Caitlin Todd on the Top Ten network hit NCIS. After her character was assassinated in the third season of NCIS, it appeared asif Sasha went into a self-imposed exile. But that simply wasn't true. Alexander guest starred on a number of prestigious television shows, did several movies and became a mother to a son and a daughter with her hubby Edoardo Ponti. And, then, the script for Rizzoli and Isles dropped in her lap and she was immediately hooked. She just had to portray the character o Maura Isles, an offbeat combination of a science nerd and elegantly chic girly girl.
"What really made me want to be on Rizzoli & Isles was reading a really good script and being compelled and attracted to the characters," recalls Alexander, the daughter--in-law of Sophia Lauren. "I really loved Maura Isles who was very fascinating to me. I was very compelled by a woman who would one choose this profession and one that was you know came – which we will learn to you know we will find out but came from a very you know highly educated wealthy background and could have chosen to do a lot of other things but has this kind of you know just this uber-feminine kind of modern woman mentality but works this job.
"There was something just intriguing about it," she continues. "And I also really loved the friendship between these two women and watching these two very different women working in this environment, on this kind of gritty male environment. That was really the thing that you know that – the reason that I wanted to be a part of it. So, I went in and met with the producer and the director, Mike Robin, who did the pilot, and read with them. Then I did a read with Angie Harmon, who was already cast. And you know from the moment we read together, it just sort of clicked."
Maura and Jane s first meeting (a Season Three flashback)
Maura and Jane's first meeting (a Season Three flashback)
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The smash-hit police procedural series broke cable ratings during its debut run, and did even better in its second year. On the eve of the beginning of Season Three (June 5) comes the release of Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Second Season on DVD -- featuring all 15 episodes from the series' sophomore season and several never-before-seen bonus extras. In the second season, Jane heals emotional and physical scars as old loves reappear and her mother, Angela (Lorraine Bracco), deals with divorce. Meanwhile, Jane's ex-con brother Tommy (Colin Egglesfield) has eyes for cerebral Maura, whose own family life is complicated by her adoptive mother, Constance (Jacqueline Bisset), and an elusive crime boss for a biological dad, Paddy Doyle (John Doman). Maura's complicated relationship with her biological father leads to an explosive season finale that threatens to rupture Jane and Maura's friendship -- forever.
"Season Two ends with a real cliffhanger that is resolved in Season Three," reveals Alexander, who is of Serbian/Italian descent. "I really loved doing Season Two, and I think fans will love seeing it again. Although each season stands on it's own, Season Two is a perfect introduction to Season Three. If gives you a chance to see how Maura and Jane have evolved as people and friends."
Alexander recently phoned from the set of Rizzoli & Isles to talk about Season Two, why she and Angie Harmon have such great chemistry on the show, what fans can expect from the upcoming Season Three and Sasha explains how she is able to balance a successful career with marriage and motherhood.
Angie Harmon is Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander is Maura Isles in  Rizzoli & Isles
Angie Harmon is Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander is Maura Isles in 'Rizzoli & Isles'
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SASHA ALEXANDER ON RIZZOLI & ISLES...
What characteristics of Maura are closest to who you are, Sasha?
"Kindness. I think Maura's kind. I think she's generous and polite. I would definitely say those are some of my better qualities. I'm not as much of a brainiac as she is. I certainly don't have as big of a vocabulary. Those are the similar qualities, and I like the fashion."
How are you and Maura the most different?
"Well, I, Sasha, was never very good at math and science. To be honest, I really wasn't. So, it's fun to play a character that is so scientific and mathematical and whose brain functions at such a high you know at a high pace, like this. I'm – you know I think that's the biggest difference is that Maura is very linear in her thinking, very logical. I'm not quite like that. I'm much more laid back and more of a – I would say I'm not quite so type A. So that's the big difference."
The dynamics between you and Angie Harmon are absolutely phenomenal. What do you attribute that to -- personally -- as opposed to on screen?
"Personally, a sense of humor. You know, we both share a similar sense of humor. We have a lot, you know, in common in real-life in terms of our families and being mothers and all that. So I think that we bring, you know, I think that we bring those things. And having heart. Having a respectful relationship as women bring that to the screen. Wanting that to be to the screen. Wanting it to be a positive relationship between these women. I think that attributes to sort of the way we play the characters."
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Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Maura Isles in 'Rizzoli & Isles'
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Was the perfect chemistry with Angie instant when you guys began working together? Did it take a bit of time for you all to gel? I mean, it looks flawless.
" You know what it was instant. It really was. We you know we never met before and we went in to do this read together and the moment that we read it you know we're very – we have very different energies in real life and I think that that translates. But the thing that we do have in common is you know I think it would be respect for each other and we both have the same sense of humor. So we definitely can make each other laugh a lot. And I think that those things you know they show on screen and look Angie is you know Angie is a beautiful and stunning woman. You know it's not easy to you know to find a right person to go with her. So I think that we both have really good qualities that kind of complement each other. You know we both look very different and we have different energies but yet I think that it really works. You know we're lucky. We actually, truly, when we do scenes together, I do feel like a certain click and a certain magic that I you know you can't say always happens."
What fears did you encounter when you thought of filming Season Three, as opposed to the first two seasons? Was there something different you felt going in?
"I was really excited because I feel like Season Two ended with such a strong emotional and intense kind of, you know, moment between Maura and Jane. So I was curious to see where we would begin Season Three, and we started just kind of moments after. So Maura is reeling from the shock and, obviously, the anger she's feeling that Jane shot her father. It's really great. It's really fun to play that side of Maura and to have it be, you know, that kind of that intensity was exciting to see where it was going to go."
Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli
Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli
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In Season Two, you mentioned that having your best friend shoot your father -- even if he was estranged and a mobster -- is kind of a tough thing to get over in a friendship. Are the ramifications of that act going to be explored throughout the entire season, or do you think that they'll be able to put it behind them?
"No, they wrap up pretty quickly. At the end of the first season -- first episode, I'm sorry -- you will, I mean, they get to the bottom of what the crime was, and what actually happened. So I think that that clarifies a lot for both Jane and Maura. But they don't totally -- they're not completely ready to say they're sorry because there's a lot of miscommunication between them. So that leads into the second episode and, you know, Korsak, and Forth, and Angela all sort of get involved in kind of getting them back together. And they end up in a kind of life or death situation. And so their friendship will kind of come back by the end of the second episode. And they really earn their way back. It's very -- I like the way that it all comes together. It's not wrapped up immediately, but it comes -- they're back together very quickly. Quickly enough."
In the first episode of Season Three, you worked with Jackie Bithide. She's had such a long and respected career. What is she like to work with?
"Oh she's a wonderful woman. She's has a really enormous sense of humor. She's so beautiful. And she's not like at all, you know, fake and done up for a woman. You know, she's just lived, and she's just -- she's gorgeous and a really funny, funny lady. I like her a lot. I had a good time working with her."
I was reading in an earlier interview with you that before you did the first season, that you hadn't read Tess Gerritsen's books before getting the job in Rizzoli & Isles. Have you caught up with the series since you've starting playing Isles?
"I have. I have a few more books left to read, but yes, I've read a lot of them and I love her writing. I'm a big fan of the books and what she's created and of her personally. She's really an amazing lady. So, yes."
Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles
Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles
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Judging by the way Season Two ended, the dynamics between you and Jane are going to be completely different. How did you approach playing the character going into the new season?
"Well, Maura's going to get much tougher this season. I think all this stuff with her family has really -- it's changing her in a different way and its toughing her up. She's in a moment of self-discovery; of figuring out who she is; where she came from; and finding her biological mother is a big part of the first part of this Season. And I think all that brings on a lot of emotional stuff for Maura that is very new. But she's going to toughen up, you know. I think that Maura's been, you know, sort of compartmentalizing certain parts of her life. And now ever since, you know, Patty Doyle sort of entered the picture it's opened up this whole new part of who she is. And so we're going to see a tougher Maura. I still think a really funny Maura, and none of the comedy is going to go away. But I think a tougher Maura."
Has motherhood changed the way you approach acting in any way? And also, are you able to bring your son or daughter to the set while you work?
"Yes, you know that's such a good question. I think that becoming a parent absolutely changes your entire life and certainly changes your work, and it has changed mine. You know it just allows you know your access to your emotions even more than it already did. You know you just – you're watching this little person grow in front of you and you realize seeing you know how precious life is and how quickly it goes. So you just, you get to things faster. Even emotionally, you get to things faster. And so, I'm not as, let's say, timid about reaching into some areas you know in myself and bringing that to my work. And yes, I can bring my daughter any time I want but given that we're working with a lot of corpses, she doesn't come that often. I think that might be a little traumatic."
Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles
Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles
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I have to ask you; with a career and motherhood going on, how do you find balance and to handle it all? I mean, personally and professionally, where do you find that balance in your life?
"Oh gosh, you know what? I think I speak for every working mother when I say that it's just difficult. I feel like, you know, when it rains, it pours. You know, you get a job you that love and a character you love, but, you know, I'm at that time in my life where I'm building my family. And so I have little kids at home, and a husband that I love and, you know, it's really challenging. I don't really have five minutes to myself unless I'm driving to or from work. So that's why I have laryngitis today. It's really challenging, and I think that -- I just think that I try and take it day-by-day. And I try to stay happy when I'm at work when I'm working, and when I'm home really be with my family and be present and with them. I have very little time for social time with my friends and that's really tough, but it's the way it is right now. And when we're not shooting I have more time. So you just kind of take it day-by-day."
What makes Maura so memorable to you as opposed to other characters that you have portrayed, even Caitlin in NCIS?
"Well, I just love Maura. I love who she is. I love what she does, you know, for a living, and how her mind is; how she thinks; how she -- I love the comedy in her; I love that she's off-beat; that she has a bit of, you know, I think, Asperger's where she's just socially a little, but she's just awkward. It's physically fun to play somebody whose priorities are not just being liked, and being, you know, interested in whatever you might expect a woman like her to be into. I like her. I think she's like a good person, and she's interesting to me. It's always very unpredictable what's happening to her and all the mysteries that are, you know, unraveling about her life are really exciting. And emotionally this season, it's really pushing it much further for me. So I enjoy her. I feel like she's not boxed in. I felt like other characters on other shows were very boxed in like: don't be too sexy, don't be too funny, don't get too angry. On Rizzoli & Isles we don't have that problem. We have a woman writing the show and she's like, 'Get angry, get funny, don't worry about it. Play all colors, and all complications of women that we are.' So I like that."
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I have to say that the character, Maura, is more alive with you playing the part than is in any of the books that I've read. And I have to say, there is a radiance about you in this character that this has to be the character that was made for you. And I want to say "thank you" because there is nothing that I've seen you do as finite as this character.
"Oh gosh, you're going to make me cry. Thank you so much."
Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Second Season Bonus Features: "From the Ground Up - Building Episode 214" -- Go behind the scenes to see the intensive and rigorous process of generating the 14th episode: Part 1 - In the Writer's Room, Part 2 - Pre-Production, Part 3 - Bustin' Out the Boston: Production and Part 4 - Ready-to-Air: Post Production; Unaired Scenes and a Gag Reel.
Season Three of Rizzoli & Isles premieres on the TNT Network (in the USA) on June 5. Check local listings.
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Lethal Weapon Collection
The day is finally here for all you Lethal Weapon aficionados -- all four blockbuster films have been transferred to Blu-ray and packaged in an impressive and affordable box set. In addition to each of the four action movies, you also get a ton of Bonus Features. There are a lot of goodies inside this informative, exhilarating, action-packed, Richard Donner-directed franchise collection, in addition to brilliant performances by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover and featuring such talented costars as Jet Li, Rene Russo, Patsy Kensit, Gary Busey and Joe Pesci: Lethal Weapon (1987) With over seven minutes of previously unavailable scenes, filmmaker Richard Donner's Director's Cut of Lethal Weapon is a long-overdue present for fans. Riggs's (Mel Gibson) solitary homelife and the tragic loss spurring him in a reckless disregard for his own safety now come into greater focus. We see that recklessness is new scenes underlining the differences between the two cops. Murtaugh (Danny Glover), just 50, needs reassurance about his skills at a firing range. Riggs, not caring if he sees another birthday, coolly walks into a schoolyard sniper's field of fire. All the humor and adrenaline that made this original an entertainment milestone are here, too. No scenes have been removed. But new action and new insight are now included. Include yourself in the excitement. Bonus Features: Commentary by Director Richard Donner; Theatrical Trailer; "Honeymoon Suite Lethal Weapon" Music Video and Additional Scenes. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989): Riggs wows the pretties of a hotel
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Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in 'Lethal Weapon'
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spa before getting to Getz. Murtaugh receives bad bodywork news from an auto repairman after his beleaguered station wagon sees some Riggs-piloted street action. Plus, feisty Leo (Joe Pesci) shares a newly included scene in which he recalls a suspect's address by complex spins of numbers that, well, no one can tell it like Leo. And no one would follow his lead but Riggs and Murtaugh. It's police procedure, Lethal style. And it's yours to enjoy as the duo draws a bead on criminals hiding behind diplomatic immunity. Bonus Features: Commentary by Director Richard Donner; "Stunts and Action" featurette and Video and Additional Scenes. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992): Riggs and Murtaugh are back again. This time, they must stop a former cop who has become an arms dealer to L.A. street gangs. Bonus Features: Commentary by Director Richard Donner; Theatrical Trailer; Sting and Eric Clapton "It's Probably Me" Music Video and Additional Scenes. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998): Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are paired in this third sequel with Joe Pesci riding comedy shotgun as chatterbox Leo. Murtaugh is still the family man. Riggs is still the gonzo loose cannon and -- what's this? -- family man. His will-he/won't he marriage to Cole (Rene Russo) is one of the new wrinkles in this powerhouse crowd-pleaser that also stars comedy favorite Chris Rock and international action star Jet Li. This sequel involves an action packed battle with a Chinese ganglord. Bonus Features: Commentary by Director Richard Donner; Theatrical Trailer; Documentary "Pure Lethal: New Angles, New Scenes and Explosive Outtakes. Lethal Weapon Blu-ray Collection Bonus Features: A Bonus Disc with New Retrospective featurettes -- "I'm Too Old For This Sh*t: Lethal Weapon and the Hollywood Monster It Created;" "Hoe Lethal Weapon Changed the action Cinema Landscape and Became a Family Affair for Cast and Crew as Well as a Crowd-Pleasing Series. ON THE WEB: You can find it at the Official WB Shop Link at http://bit.ly/K6kWM3 or talk with all the other fans of Lethal Weapon at its Official Facebook site at http://on.fb.me/WBEntFB Or if you need a little reminding how great the franchise really is, see memorable scenes for yourself at You Tube by visiting the Official You Tube Playlist: at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL294348598BD5B110
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The River: The Complete First Season
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Sherlock: Season 2
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Red Tails
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The Secret World of Arrietty
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Whisper of the Heart (Blu-ray)
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This Means War
It’s Spy Vs. Spy in this ultimate battle for one woman’s affection. Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Night Rises) form the perfect love triangle in this action-packed comedy. They are the CIA’s best, trained for any situation…except one. This is the penultimate spy game as two best friends fight for the right of one woman’s hand in McG-directed This Means War. This Means War is a laugh-out-loud comedy that gets even better on Blu-ray with three alternate endings that answer the question -- what if she chose the other guy? The world's deadliest CIA operatives, FDR Foster (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy), are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman (Witherspoon). Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis – each other. Bonus Features: Alternate Endings w/ Optional Commentary by Director McG; Warehouse Alternate Ending; Alternate Ending #1; Alternate Ending #2; Bachelorette Party; Uncensored Gag Reel; Deleted Scenes w/ Optional Commentary by Director McG including Trish & Lauren Chat, Shooting Range, Jonas’ Funeral, Post Pizza, Ex-Girlfriends, Visiting Joe and Lauren Freaking Out; Alternative Opening Concept (Previz w/ Optional Commentary by Director McG); Audio Commentary by Director McG (standard and extended versions) and Theatrical Trailer.
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Black Cobra
Travel on an international diamond heist in this action-packed flick based on the book When the Cobra Strikes by Sebati Edward Mafate.The film stars T.J. Storm (The Bold and the Beautiful), Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa (Planet of the Apes), Jeff Wolfe (Green Lantern), Michael Chinyamurindi (George of the Jungle) and Damian Poitier (True Blood). One man takes a journey across the country, smuggling and selling illegal black diamonds to pay for his father's pardon in South Africa. But, when he arrives to the United States to finalize what appears to be a simple transaction, he is soon double-crossed and becomes caught up in contraband. Determination and revenge fuel him to overcome an opponent far more lethal and deadlier than he has ever met. Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; Alternate Ending; Bloopers; Trailer Gallery and plenty of Outtakes.
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