Saturday, May 26, 2012

Angie and Sasha on each other & Season 3 of Rizzoli & Isles

Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander did interviews for Digital Media this week. Both spoke about each other and their chemistry. Here are a couple of excerpts with links to the full articles.

Angie talked about Sasha's audition and their friendship:

On working with Sasha Alexander and the chemistry between them, Harmon reveals that a few actors auditioned for the part of Maura Isles, but Alexander “kind of hit it out on the part.” Not only did she get the fact that Dr. Isles was this quirky and socially awkward scientist, but she also got the fact that Maura had friends.
Plus working together with Alexander for the past three seasons strengthened their friendship. “There was an instantaneous recognition and a friendship that’s grown and matured over the years,” pointed out Harmon.
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Sasha spoke about the chemistry between her and Angie in her interview:

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."
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Angie Harmon Interview on

May 21, 2012

Mom of Finley, 8, Avery, 7, and Emery, 3, celebrity supercop on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, and Kung Fu Panda lover
Describe your parenting style in one word:
Favorite TV family of all time (real or fictional):
The Cosbys. What I learned from them is that you have to have a sense of humor to be a parent and not take everything too seriously.
What's always in your refrigerator?
Naked Pomegranate Blueberry Juice. We add it to smoothies in the morning for breakfast.

Last meal you made for your family:
Halibut provençal. Sauté some shallots, garlic, brown the fish, add diced tomatoes, capers, and olives. With some green beans and rice on the side.

Craziest thing you've done because you were sleep-deprived:
I put my keys in the fridge and the milk in the cabinet.

Behavioral trait you hope your kids don't inherit from you:

Best piece of parenting advice you ever got:
I'm a perfectionist, and my girlfriend once told me, “OK, so you didn't get all three girls' hair brushed or one is wearing mismatched socks. It's not the end of the world.”

Last toy/object you helped your child find:
My oldest still has a blanket, but she's always losing it. It's often not a matter of it being lost, just that “Mom, I don't want to look for it, you do it.”

Who's your celebrity crush?
Sigourney Weaver. She's one of the reasons I became an actress.

Your pick-me-up:
Kung Fu Panda. I have the opening credits on my phone, and when I'm exhausted, I'll play it and it makes me laugh.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Sasha Alexander responds to StarryMag about RizzlesCon

“Hi Everyone, it has been brought to my attention that @StarryMag has said I was not attending @RizzlesCon. This isn’t what I said… What I said was that I would love to attend but that it was schedule permitting because of my work schedule.”

I have to add that it was okay when StarryMag tweeted the actual quote from Sasha, but to constantly tweet that Sasha was NOT going to RizzlesCon was very unfair to her and to her fans. A lot of people spent their hard earned money for the opportunity to see Sasha. Yes, there is always a chance that her schedule won't permit it but that is very different than stating she definitely is not going.

I run this website/blog and am very aware that there are people counting on me for information and photos within the rizzles fandom. It's one thing to have an opinion, which I've been known to voice mine from time to time, but it's another to take what was told to you and spin the worst case scenario as if it was fact. Shame on you, StarryMag.

This is just my opinion, but I have a feeling a lot of people will agree with me.

Thanks for reading.

Kelly @kellyeneal

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sasha Alexander brings out her inner lesbian on AfterEllen

Dorothy Snarker interviewed Sasha Alexander for After Ellen and Sasha spoke about the show's subtext and her own inner lesbian. It's a fantastic interview. Sasha was open, funny and insightful. There's also some spoilers for season three.

Since the first moments Sasha Alexander’s Dr. Maura Isles and Angie Harmon’s Det. Jane Rizzoli stepped on screen together, the show’s lesbian viewers have noticed something special. It wasn’t just the pair’s striking good looks together, but their genuine chemistry and frequent closeness that made our subtext-loving hearts sing. Rizzoli & Isles has amassed a large lesbian and bisexual female fanbase through its first two seasons. Now, with the show poised to premiere its third season on TNT in three weeks, we’re all anxious to see if our favorite not-gay gay cop show continues to serve up healthy helpings of LLBFF canoodling, Totally Gratuitous, Totally Gay Touching and – of course – eye sex.
Photo from TNT
 Still, when last we saw these two lovely ladies of law enforcement, things were beyond tense. During a stand-off between Maura’s biological father/gangster Paddy Doyle and the police, Paddy shoots FBI Agent Dean (who happens to be Jane’s flower-bringing possible boyfriend) and then Jane shoots Paddy. Or, in other words, it’s complicated. The cast and crew has been back filming in Los Angeles (done up to look like Boston, naturally) since March and are currently shooting the sixth episode of the 15-installment season. From the set in between takes last week, Alexander spoke with about our favorite ambiguously gayzzoli duo.
Check out the complete interview here.

Sasha Alexander to participate in THE 24 HOUR PLAYS

Sasha Alexander, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas are among those that will be starring in the 24 HOUR PLAYS in Los Angeles on Saturday June 16, 2012. 

 SOURCE Montblanc
Montblanc Presents THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: Los Angeles
The biggest names in Hollywood will join forces to participate in this one-night-only live performance, produced by Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri of the Freestyle Picture Company and the 24 Hour Company. The entire creative process, from writing to directing and finally performance, will take place in under 24 hours! 
 Featuring Sasha Alexander, Jason Biggs, Josh Dallas, Brooklyn Decker, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ashley Greene, Zachary Levi, Alexander Ludwig, Lamorne Morris, Diane Neal, Rosie Perez, Jason Ritter, Krysten Ritter, Tracie Thoms, Wilmer Valderrama
Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas
The creative process of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS in Los Angeles will begin at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15th. Six writers, six directors, twenty-four actors, a musical guest and production team will meet at The Broad Stage, Santa Monica (1310 11th Street, Santa Monica CA). Each cast member will brainstorm ideas before the writers begin composing the plays, which must be completed by 6:00 a.m. the next morning. With only twelve hours to rehearse, the actors will perform the six new plays, interspersed with musical acts, for one night only before a live audience, on Saturday June 16, 2012. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Jane & Maura vs. Xena & Gabrielle

I was recently asked to be on a radio show about the show Xena: Warrior Princess. It made me go back and watch some episodes to refresh my memory. You'd think watching them over a hundred times each would burn them into the memory banks, but I needed a little refresher. That along with the new season of Rizzoli and Isles looming on the horizon made me start comparing the two "couples," Xena & Gabrielle and Jane & Maura, along with the shows they inhabit. If you follow my website you'll know that I'm a rizzles fan and if you've been following me long enough you'll also know I'm a huge Xena and Gabrielle fan.

I began watching Xena in the middle of the third season, January 1998. I loved the friendship and the subtext. I read the fan fiction, watched and made fan music videos, even made my own Xena and Gabrielle website. I went to most of the east coast conventions all the way up to 2007 when I finally made it to the yearly Xena con in Los Angeles. I was completely immersed in the fandom for a lot of years. To this day I still keep track of what the stars, Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor are up to.

"I Kissed a Girl"
When Rizzoli and Isles began a friend of mine tried to get me to watch it. I didn't. Finally, in January 2011 she got me to watch the episode "I Kissed a Girl" and I was hooked. Interestingly, what hooked me was the banter between Jane and Maura. It had the same feel as the banter between Xena and Gabrielle. In looking back though, I realized that these two shows are so vastly different and the magic of the Xena and Gabrielle subtext could never be recreated with Jane and Maura.

Xena was a fantasy show. There was so much they could and did do that would satisfy or entice subtext fans. Where else could they have their two female leads kiss five times in six seasons and still have people call them straight? They also did little teases that subtext fans ate up like Xena's "hickey" Joxer spots in "Been There, Done That" followed by the look Gabrielle gives as if her and Xena had just been caught.
Xena's hickey
By the sixth season Xena's executive producer Rob Tabert, knowing it was the last year, decided to simply go for it and bring the subtext more to the forefront. No one, including the stars themselves, could say that Xena and Gabrielle were not a couple by the end of the series. That is something that I feel could never be recreated with Jane and Maura.

Rizzoli and Isles is essentially a crime drama, buddy show. It's patterned more after the 80's Cagney and Lacey or the 70's Starsky and Hutch, then the fantasy, Greek gods roaming world of Xena. The subtext in Rizzoli and Isles stems from the chemistry between the lead actors,  Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. The characters themselves are based on the novels of writer Tess Gerritson. In the books Jane gets married and has a child, and Maura has an ex-husband and is having a secret affair with a priest. There is no doubt they are straight.

When the show began there was never any doubt in the creators' minds that these women were straight. That doesn't stop fandom from seeing what isn't intentionally there. Jane and Maura became close friends who are always there for each other and support each other. They laugh together, tease each other, and enjoy spending time together. Maura has become a part of the Rizzoli family with Mama Rizzoli even renting Maura's guest house. As a lesbian, when I see these things I see my relationships with both friends and lovers. They're women, and women's relationships with each other are very similar whether it be close friends or lovers. The main difference naturally being whether there is a sexual relationship or not.

Season 2 "Sailor Man"
The producers have given a couple of nods to the rizzles fandom, most notably when Jane and Maura pretended to be a couple to stop Giovanni from chasing Maura. It was a cute little scene, but that's all it was, a nod, a way of saying, "Hi rizzles fans, we know you're there, and we love ya!" Personally I thought it was very cool of them. The other things we rizzles fans see, well I'll be the first to admit could be considered "reading into it." Do they stare a little too long like lovers do? Yes, at times they do. We call it eye sex. Heck even Tess Gerritsen tweeted that she finally saw it! So I started to wonder, is that simply the way the actors are? I realized that in both Angie and Sasha's other work I see it. Sasha speaks volumes with her eyes no matter who she's working with. Angie's last show Women's Murder Club had lots of shippers because of where and how Angie would look at others. Put these two actors together and that chemistry, the sparks, that thing no one can put their finger on happens. Even so, I know they will never, could never, do for the rizzles fandom what was done for subtexters in Xena.

These shows are two different animals, yet they do have some similarities. Both have strong female characters who become really close friends. Both have leads who date men that don't stick around for long. Heck, Gabrielle's usually died! Both have actors with strong on screen chemistry that allows a subtext fan to see more than just what's being said or done. What was special about Xena and Gabrielle though was we could see that they were soulmates. The romantic, there could never be anyone else, you complete me soulmate. The kiss in season six when Gabrielle had been in a year long sleep surrounded by a
Xena's kiss awakens Gabrielle's year long slumber
protective fire that only her true soulmate could walk through proved it. Xena jumped through the flames, kissed Gabrielle and Gabrielle woke up. We could never get anything from Rizzoli and Isles that makes us feel remotely like we did when we watched that kiss and knew for a fact that what we had always believed was true: Xena and Gabrielle where true soulmates. For Jane and Maura that only comes in fan fiction and rizzles fan videos.

Had Jane and Maura been out and out gay from the start it would have been a different show, maybe more like some of the fan fiction. That could have been very cool. First season they get to know each other, become friends, maybe finally kiss towards the end of the season, and second season is they're relationship and the struggles of working together. I would have enjoyed that. But that's not what the show Rizzoli and Isles on TNT is. They can't change course mid stream and they've never indicated they would ever want to.

The good news for rizzles fans is that the chemistry between Sasha and Angie probably won't dwindle, the eye sex should continue and add to that the fact that the characters will never get married on the show (according to producer Janet Tamaro) so we'll still have our subtext. We can see whatever we wish to see.

For me personally when I really want to see Jane and Maura as a couple I enjoy fan fiction and videos. I love the friendship in the show and truly hope that doesn't change. I'm even looking forward to the conflict between them in season three. After all the show is Rizzoli AND Isles, they have to make-up at some point. I believe that it will only strengthen Jane and Maura's friendship.

There's a part of me, however, that will always miss Xena and Gabrielle. I think they were something special that could never, and should never be replaced.

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