Back for blood

Sasha Alexan­der had a dif­fi­cult time let­ting go of Maura Isles.

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It’s been a year since seven-sea­son fun de­tec­tive series Riz­zoli & Isles (2010-2016) hung up its badge and dis­ap­peared into the sun­set. But it’s some­thing that will live with Sasha Alexan­der for life – es­pe­cially with re­peats still air­ing ev­ery­where. We phoned the 44-year-old (med­i­cal ex­pert Maura Isles on the series) at her home in Los An­ge­les to rem­i­nisce about the show and find out what she’s work­ing on cur­rently…

Was it dif­fi­cult to say good­bye Maura and

the show? More dif­fi­cult than I’d ever imag­ined. It was emo­tional to leave a place that you’ve worked at for so long. There’s a tea set that I took from the kitchen that I al­ways loved, that was there from sea­son 1 [Laughs]. From the of­fice, I took a gi­ant print of five women do­ing an au­topsy in the early 1900s. I felt like that was a real fe­male em­pow­er­ment pic­ture that I now have hang­ing in my of­fice. Was it the right time to end the show?

It’s hard to say, be­cause I do feel that the show had so many sto­ries that could have been told. But seven years is a long pe­riod of time and it was an amaz­ing run. It’s some­thing that we are very proud of. You also started di­rect­ing on the show… I went to film school at The Univer­sity Of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and I stud­ied di­rect­ing. I was al­ways in­ter­ested in it and I’d spo­ken to the showrun­ners from the be­gin­ning of the series. It just never hap­pened un­til the last sea­son – it was chal­leng­ing but a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and I plan on do­ing it again. Do you miss work­ing with Angie Har­mon

(Riz­zoli)? You know, I haven’t spo­ken to Angie in a while. I think we both sort of re- en­tered our fam­ily life and she lives on the other coast. I miss work­ing with her. It was a re­ally long time!

And what are you do­ing now? I filmed a com­edy series called Bernard & Huey in 2016 and I’m work­ing on a drama series called Ride (2017- cur­rent) with rap­per Lu­dacris. We play an in­ter­ra­cial cou­ple who adopt a boy who was raised as a white su­prem­a­cist. It’s about us deal­ing with this young man and teach­ing him how to look at the world.

Sasha Alexan­der (right) misses her show and her co-star Angie Har­mon (as Riz­zoli).

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