When Rizzoli & Isles's Sasha Alexander Met Mother-in-Law Sophia Loren (By WALTER SCOTT)
The actress, 40, plays medical examiner Maura Isles on the TNT series, which returns June 25.
What’s the best thing about your role?
I love that Angie [Harmon, who plays Jane Rizzoli] and I represent a relationship between women that is rare in TV. We’re not catty or competitive at all, and I think a lot of people can relate.
Are you friends off the set?
Absolutely. It’s funny, our fans always want to know if we hang out. I’m like, “No, I see her at work all day!” [laughs] We share the same interests: cooking, interior design, and our children.
Was it tough getting used to the gory nature of Maura’s job?
There are days when the effects are so realistic and gruesome. I could never do what she does.
Your mother-in-law is Sophia Loren. Were you nervous when you met her?
Yes! But she gave me a big hug, and I just saw the beauty of the woman underneath. She’s stunning in every way.
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