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ELIS­A­BETH Harnois por­trays Mor­gan Brody on hit show CSI: Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tion. The 34-year-old talks Brody, blood and fa­ther­daugh­ter bonds. Tell us about Mor­gan . . . Mor­gan’s the daugh­ter of Con­rad Eck­lie (Marc Vann), the chief of po­lice. He had an es­tranged re­la­tion­ship with his daugh­ter, so she’s this an­gry but very driven tomboy­ish, shoot-from-the-hip girl who plays by her own rules. Is it easy for you to re­late to her? In some ways, yes. She has a very sen­si­tive side de­spite hav­ing a tough ex­te­rior, and I can re­late to that. She wears her heart on the sleeve and has a lot of em­pa­thy with some of the vic­tims, more than the other CSIs. Even though she’s re­spected and has been do­ing it for a long time, she al­lows her­self to feel a lot more and isn’t frozen or numb to the pain. I also re­late to the fact she’s a tomboy and can re­late to her mouthi­ness. Were you a fan of the show be­fore you joined? I was a big fan. I watched more in the early sea­sons and I loved Billy (Wil­liam) Petersen. I keep wish­ing that he’s go­ing to come back and do just one episode. Mor­gan Brody has not had the chance to meet the king of CSI, and he re­ally is. He’s the orig­i­nal lead of a show that broke ground for tele­vi­sion. I mean, we’re mak­ing his­tory now. We’re start­ing our 14th sea­son — it’s amaz­ing!

You joined when Lau­rence Fish­burne was head of CSI as Dr Ray­mond Langston, and now Ted Dan­son is the leader as DB Rus­sell. How do you think they are do­ing, fol­low­ing in Petersen’s foot­steps? Gris­som will al­ways be the num­ber one guy and he’s part of TV his­tory. But Lau­rence was his own ver­sion of the show. I re­spect him so much and he was very wel­com­ing to me when I joined. He brought a cer­tain tone to the show. It’s in­ter­est­ing to see how the tone would shift as the lead­ing man changed. Ted is an amaz­ing dra­matic ac­tor, and he got to show that on Dam­ages. We have a very jokey and friendly re­la­tion­ship, but he knows how to turn se­ri­ous. Are you scared of any­thing on the show? Absolutely. Are you kid­ding? Es­pe­cially since Elis­a­beth Shue has been brought in. Her char­ac­ter Julie Fin­lay is a blood spat­ter spe­cial­ist so there’s a lot of blood in this last sea­son. Blood doesn’t bother me but when you see it so specif­i­cally telling the story, the blood be­comes a nar­ra­tive. It’s a very fas­ci­nat­ing thing, but very dis­gust­ing at times and it gives us hon­est re­ac­tions. The stuff that Matthew Mun­gle, our spe­cial ef­fects make-up artist, cre­ates is more real some­times than dead bod­ies. I saw au­top­sies to pre­pare for this role.

CSI: Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tion, Chan­nel 9, Sun­day, 9.30pm

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