What Has Angie Harmon Banned Sasha Alexander From Wearing on the 'Rizzoli & Isles' Set?
When Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander entered the interview cubicle at a recent press day for Season 4 of their top-rated crime series "Rizzoli & Isles," the duo was finalizing their plans to attend the network's murder mystery bash together later that evening. When Alexander complained that her energy level was bottoming out and Harmon offered to share her coffee, the former "NCIS" star, who worries about getting diabetes like her father did, knew to decline the swig of Starbucks because Harmon adds too much sugar. They finish each other's sentences, laugh at each other's jokes, and give each other fashion advice.
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Take the time, for instance, that Harmon forbade her co-star to wear Birkenstocks on set. "We were in rehearsal and I look down in literally the middle of the scene and I'm like, 'Listen, Maura, you, um, what are those?' I completely came out of character when I saw her shoes. She's like, 'They're Birkenstocks.' I'm like, 'No, those have to go. You can't wear those ever again. I can't even rehearse with you right now,'" Harmon recalls, giving her best stink-eye anytime Birkenstocks are mentioned. "But Celine just came out with these 'Birkenstocks' lined with fur. I went in, bought a pair — not cheap — just to play a joke on her because my favorite thing is to make her laugh. I walked into the set and said, 'Well, hello.' [She lifted her leg and demonstrated how she showed off the sandals.] If you're going to wear Birkenstocks, they need to look like these."
Alexander responded to the recollection with a slight eye roll before a mini-squeal of delight. "It is the couture Birkenstock. But now she's going to give them to me."
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It would appear that Harmon and Alexander have taken their work home with them. Just as the friendship between medical examiner Maura Isles and no-nonsense Boston cop Jane Rizzoli has grown fiercely over three seasons, so has the real-life bestie bond of the actresses who play them. "One thing that I've always liked about our show and feel helped in the beginning was that the audience has been growing with the girls and gotten to know them as they've gotten to know each other. When we started the show, they weren't besties who grew up together. They're individuals doing their jobs really well," Alexander explained. "We didn't force the audience. Don't you love them? Aren't they cute because they dress the same way? [Instead the audience] has been part of that process. They've gone through a lot; they're at a different place, and they're exploring that more in Season 4. It's fun to have the scenes together, but you could do a whole episode that is all Jane."
Harmon was quick to add, "Or the reverse."
Season 4 picks up with Rizzoli trying to lift Isles out of the deep funk that donating a kidney to save a half-sister she barely knows without so much as a thank-you from her family caused. Alexander said, "Stuff dealing with Maura's family is affecting Jane and the other detectives. It is personal and very intertwined and makes Maura realize that Jane is her family, and she's not sure who these people are to her."