Was Sasha Alexander a fan of the Tess Gerritsen books before she signed on to play medical examiner Maura Isles on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles? Also, does she miss the action on NCIS where her character got to run around with a gun?
—Marie Molly McPhee, Boston, Mass.
Alexander, 38, had not read the Rizzoli & Isles novels before taking the role but has read them since. “I think that the books are fantastic, but I think that they are much darker than the show. They are in the vein of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and that’s really hard to bring to television,” she says. As the NCIS action, the Los Angeles-born actress, who played special agent Kate Todd until she was killed off in the season two finale, admits she misses it. “One of my dreams is, honestly, to do the female version of The Bourne Identity movies.”