Rizzoli & Isles - A Conversation with Tess Gerritsen

Go behind the scenes of Rizzoli & Isles with author Tess Gerritsen, who created the characters in her popular novels.

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Detective Jane Rizzoli

I’m just a girl from Boston who hunts monsters for a living. Yeah, I know I’m not supposed to call ’em that, but that’s what some of them are. Monsters. If you saw what they’ve done, the lives they’ve ruined, you’d want to take them down, too.

I’ve wanted to be a cop since a police officer came to my school for career day. I saw how the other kids looked up to him, and I knew that was the job for me. I wanted the gun, the badge.

Most of all, I wanted the respect.

Felt like I didn’t get a lot of that when I was growing up. My mom’s a housewife and my dad’s a plumber–we’re blue collar all the way. I had an okay childhood, but I have to admit we were a noisy household. Lots of yelling.

After my training at Boston PD academy, I worked my way up from beat patrolman to detective (vice and narcotics) and finally ended up where I am now: the homicide unit. It’s a boy’s club. I get it.

Still, it gets old, having to prove myself again and again. I hate whiners, so you’ll never hear me complain. Whining doesn’t get you anywhere, not with the guys in my unit. Not with guys anywhere, for that matter

My philosophy for success? Make every perp hunt personal. Get angry, never give up, and for god’s sake, wear flats to a scene. You’ll never catch anyone if you’re wearing high heels.

About Angie Harmon

Born in Dallas, Texas, Angie Harmon is best known for her starring role as Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael on NBC’s Emmy-winning drama Law & Order. Her recent credits include the series Women’s Murder Club and the original Lifetime Television Movie Living Proof, in which she played the role of real-life breast cancer activist and philanthropist Lilly Tartikoff

Harmon has spent most of her life in front of the camera. Both of her parents were models, and she began modeling when she was a baby. At the age of 15, she beat out 63,000 entrants to win Seventeen Magazine’s cover model contest. She then returned to Texas to graduate from Highland Park High School, where she was on both the track team and drill team.

Upon graduation, Angie traveled between New York and Los Angeles, where she began to study acting. She made her feature film debut in the independent film Lawn Dogs, opposite Sam Rockwell. The film screened at both the Toronto Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.

Harmon’s many movie credits include The Good Mother, Fun with Dick and Jane, Agent Cody Banks and the independent film Seraphim Falls. She made her network television series debut starring opposite Eric Roberts as the rookie member of the FBI’s elite crime unit on the series C-16: FBI.

Harmon currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three daughters.