MAJOR CRIMES, the spin-off from THE CLOSER, has its second-season midseason break last night. Mary McDonnell reprises the role she created on THE CLOSER as LAPD Captain Sharon Raydor. There is another woman on Raydor’s squad, young Detective Amy Sykes, played by Kearran Giovanni.
Giovanni, who was born in Louisiana and Texas, is primarily known as a Broadway musical theatre actress. At a party thrown by TNT for the Television Critics Association poolside at the Beverly Hilton, Giovanni talks about how much she’s enjoying working on her first one-hour nighttime drama series.
AX: What are the major changes in Amy this season?
KEARRAN GIOVANNI: I believe that Amy’s a little more confident, she’s found her footing. She’s still a little innately a people-pleaser, and so you’ll see that still, but she definitely is coming into her own as far as taking the lead, taking charge a little bit more in the interrogation room and with the cases, so it’s been really nice.
AX: Based on its roots in THE CLOSER, is MAJOR CRIMES developing the way you expected it would?
GIOVANNI: Yeah. I try not to expect too much, because you just never know in this business, but I think with having THE CLOSER as our base and all the writers that we have, we knew that it was going to be just as great.
AX: You’ve said you are already very familiar with how to handle guns from your upbringing. Is there anything in the show that you’ve had to learn to do?
GIOVANNI: No, actually. I was familiar with guns, I had my gun training. No, besides learning what “coverage” meant and learning what “D.O.O.D.” meant. I thought, “What does this mean – dude?” It’s Day Out of Days [laughs]. Who knew? I’ve had to learn more TV lingo and camera angles than anything.
AX: Amy’s having a little bit of flirtation this season. Are you looking forward to that blossoming into something more overt, or do you like it at its current level?
GIOVANNI: You know, I think any chance to kind of have a personal life shown in a show like this is a gift, so I would love for there to be some sort of personal life for Amy. I don’t know where this is going to go, they haven’t told me, I don’t know until we get there, but it was a very nice episode to do and we’ll see.
AX: Would you be comfortable doing a love scene?
GIOVANNI: I was on a soap opera [ONE LIFE TO LIVE] for three years [laughs].
AX: Ah. Never mind that question.
GIOVANNI: I would be just fine.
AX: Do you have a favorite scene or arc or episode in what we’ve seen so far on MAJOR CRIMES?
GIOVANNI: I can’t say too much, but I can say by the last episode before we go on a little break, you will see Amy take a complete turn. Trust me, you’ll be very proud. So in Episode [Season] 2 [Number} 11, you’re going to be very proud of Amy. She really comes into her own, she really takes charge and I’m really proud of that episode.
AX: Do you have any other projects that we should know about?
GIOVANNI: Not right now. I’m just hopefully doing a good job at work and doing a good job as a [real-life] mom, hopefully, and that’s about it for now.
AX: Is there anything else you’d like to say about MAJOR CRIMES right now?
GIOVANNI: I would just like to say, “Keep watching, because no one’s safe.” You’ll see.
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