The drama, which stars Alexander and Angie Harmon as a crime-solving duo, is currently in its seventh and final season. The cast also includes Lorraine Bracco, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill, Adam Sinclair, and Idara Victor.
In the interview, Alexander said she’s been wanting to direct an episode for a long time:
I graduated from film school at USC for directing, and I had done short films and so forth, but I put it on the backburner because acting was my focus. Since Season 2, I did want to direct this show — it was contractually there to say, “Hey, I want to do this” — and every season they found a reason not to let me do it! [Laughs] There’s scheduling, and it’s also very challenging to organize it so that we are given the opportunity to be “light” in the [preceding] episode, so we can prep. It takes a lot of sacrifice on their part, and [showrunner] Jan Nash made that happen, which was a great gift.”
When asked about the show ending, she said she still thinks there are “more stories to tell”:
Unlike a lot of shows that do a big run and then you get bored by the end, I actually feel like we’re leaving on an “up,” in that there are more stories to tell. As a creative person, I’ve always looked forward to Dr. Isles; it’s been a really interesting, funny character for me to explore, and I’ve never gotten bored.”
Alexander’s directorial debut airs tonight, August 15th, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TNT.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Rizzoli & Isles? Are you sad the show is ending?