Es­pos­ito on the CASE

De­spite ini­tial hes­i­ta­tion, Jen­nifer Es­pos­ito hasn’t looked back since join­ing the cast of the vet­eran ensem­ble drama NCIS,

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TV GUIDE - writes COLIN VICK­ERY

JEN­NIFER Es­pos­ito ad­mits she thought long and hard about join­ing NCIS af­ter the exit of Michael Weatherly.

The 43-year-old ac­tor, who has had roles in The Af­fair and Blue Bloods, was hes­i­tant to join the es­tab­lished ensem­ble – in­clud­ing Mark Har­mon and Paulie Per­rette – 300 episodes into the se­ries.

While in­trigued by the char­ac­ter of Spe­cial Agent Alexan­dra Quinn, she was wor­ried ev­ery­one in the cast might be a bit jaded.

But the show’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Gary Glas­berg sold her on the show.

“Gary said, ‘This is the nicest group of peo­ple and you’re go­ing to en­joy go­ing to work ev­ery day’ and I thought, ‘That makes me happy, we’ll have a great time’,” Es­pos­ito said.

Her char­ac­ter joins with bag­gage, haunted by the death of a po­lice col­league and a ro­man­tic his­tory with Gibbs.

Es­pos­ito has her own in­trigu­ing ex­files: briefly mar­ried to ac­tor Bradley Cooper and en­gaged to Aussie ten­nis star Philip­pous­sis. Last year she filed for di­vorce from Bri­tish model Louis Dowler.

A steady job on a show that has a huge fol­low­ing has been a salve. “NCIS is a part of his­tory and I’m happy to be part of it. When I was a young ac­tor I was al­ways look­ing for what’s the next job. I’m mak­ing sure I en­joy this mo­ment.”


Dream team: Above, Jen­nifer Es­pos­ito with NCIS co-stars Emily Wick­er­sham and Mark Har­mon.

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