When talking about Rizzoli & Isles, the words "strong and fearless" may come up a lot because the series was known for showcasing women with strength and determination, no matter the circumstance. Even if you weren't a fan of the series and only watched a few episodes, you could still see how Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles were developed. It's something producers of the show and its stars, Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, took pride in.
"The further we move into the series, the more it reflects the fact that we do represent women in a way that's unique," Sasha Alexander told the Gannett newspaper in 2012. She and Angie Harmon were doing a joint interview for the then-upcoming season of their show.
"So I'm proud to be part of a show that has smart women who are professionals, who are independent, who are good people, who are supportive of and respect each other. All of that together is what makes things work," Alexander added.
Harmon said that she knew that Maura and Jane were extraordinary women from the first season. "I've said from the first season that Maura and Jane together make a really extraordinary woman. Separately they are amazing; together they are extraordinary."
Rizzoli & Isles showcased severe crimes and issues, but just because the main characters were women didn't mean scenes would be watered down. Fans had a lot to look forward to and weren't disappointed.
"We've got some serious crimes and serious corpses in the new season, and we've got some great scenes coming up. Maura and I are in a car and are being shot at. I've got one foot up on the steering wheel and one foot on the back of the headrest, and I'm firing between my legs and pushing Maura out of the car—all those kinds of things I love doing."
EVERY DAY AT 5 PM & 10 PM EASTERN / PACIFIC