‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Star Angie Harmon Says a Rocky Road Awaits Maura and Jane

by | June 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM | Interviews, Rizzoli & Isles

Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander in Rizzoli & Isles (Matthew Rolston/TNT)

When last we saw Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), Jane had just shot Maura’s biological father Paddy Doyle (guest star John Doman) — and it was touch and go whether or not he would survive. The even bigger shock at the end of the Season 2 finale was that the usually calm and scientific Maura had a knee-jerk, emotional reaction to the probable death of her dad and turned her wrath on Jane.

“Obviously, as humans we are who we are to our core,” Harmon said in an exclusive interview with XfinityTV.com. “As we go through emotional situations, depending on what your makeup is, and how you react to it, that is who you are. Maura goes back to being her scientific, all-kinds-of-useless-information, hilarious self. That certainly comes back. Don’t worry. We get our Maura back.”

But once Maura returns to herself, will her logical mind be able to forgive Jane? Will the two women ever be able to be best friends again? Will Jane be able to forgive Agent Dean (Billy Burke), who betrayed a lover’s confidence and showed up where he wasn’t supposed to be, which is what led to the gun fight? And will Maura find out if “Hope” — one of the last words Paddy spoke — is actually her biological mother and will she find her?

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In the following interview with Harmon, we get the answers to all those questions and more as we get ready for “Rizzoli & Isles“‘ third season premiere on Tuesday, June 5 at 9/8c on TNT.

Does Jane feel guilty about shooting Maura’s father, or does she believe she was just doing her job?
Of course, she feels guilty. She shot her best friend’s father. But on the other hand, let’s not forget, Paddy is the king of the mob, he shot a federal agent and he had a gun pointed at Jane. What would you do if you were in Jane’s situation and a trained homicide detective? Would you just stand there and wait to see if he is going to pull the trigger, or would you just go ahead and act, especially after he shot one of your colleagues, who you happen to be sleeping with.

Speaking of which, Agent Dean betrayed the information Jane gave him in confidence during pillow talk. How will she deal with that?
I think Jane really takes that to heart. Jane and I are very similar in that. Once we trust somebody, it is sort of all 100 percent and if that gets disrupted … the only way I can explain it is this: When I look at somebody and I trust them and they betray that trust that isn’t just a situation, that is a character flaw. That is part of who they are and so, she really takes it to heart and acts accordingly.

Up to the second season finale, Maura and Jane had had little tiffs here and there, but nothing like where they are now. Will they get back to being bffs quickly, or will it play out all season?
Obviously, I know the answer to that, so I am excited that you don’t. But I am the worst person to ask because I don’t want to tell you anything because then you will know what is coming. But I will tell you this — I will give you a hint — it doesn’t end immediately. If you ever had a fight with someone you loved, or cared deeply about, it just doesn’t fix itself overnight. These things go on. I am really happy that our writers sort of went that way with it. They didn’t just button it up and say: “Now we are back to ‘Rizzoli & Isles.’” They let it be lifelike. As an actor, it was interesting to play. I am not one of those girls who enjoys catfights, or fights with your girlfriends. That is not my style. Let’s just put it that way. I have amazingly wonderful friends and we have more fun things to do than fight with each other, so that was a little difficult to play for as long as we had to play it for me, but I will say, I did appreciate it as an actor because I know that it makes interesting TV and it makes the ride fun for you guys. So I get it and I appreciate it.

Will we find out in episode one if Paddy died? And how about Maura’s mother Constance (Jacqueline Bisset), who was hit by a car? Will we get some satisfaction in episode one?
I don’t know if it is in episode one or two and that is an honest answer. We do get it resolved, but I can’t remember how long it takes.

Any chance Jane will resume her relationship with Sgt. Casey Jones (Chris Vance)?
There is a really great surprise that comes with Casey. I have to say little Janie is doing some growing up in the heart department this season. We all know that she is loyal and strong and if she is your best friend, she will fight to the death for you and take on anything with no fear. We know all that about her, which I love by the way, don’t get me wrong. I love that our writers are taking her in a direction now that she is learning that it is also considered strong to be able to access your heart and be able to act within that realm of love, feeling and emotion. I like that for her and I am proud of the way she is handling situations.

One of the nice things about this show is Jane’s family. Is everybody going to be back — both brothers and her mom?
Everybody will be back, including pop. It is a really great moment between Chaz [Palminteri, Jane's dad Frank] and Lorraine [Bracco, who plays Jane's mother Angela] and watching all of that come to fruition. The writers wrote some really, really great stuff. It is great to see the different colors of Lorraine and Chaz and Jordan [ Bridges, Jane's brother Frankie Rizzoli Jr.]. Those were some really fun scenes to play because it went out of the norm of Jane’s always the badass and the smartass and making fun of mom. But at the end of the day, there is only one mama bear and it is Lorraine. They wrote that and it really was fun to watch these two actors, who I have enjoyed watching my entire life, come together. It was an honor to be in the scene with them.

“Rizzoli & Isles” premieres Tuesday, June 5 at 9/8c on TNT.