Elisabeth Shue talks ahead of season 14 of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
ELISABETH Shue, who plays Julie Finlay in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, is a no-nonsense kind of girl. You tend to take her at her word when the star of Leaving Las Vegas says, “I may look like the girl next door, but you wouldn’t want to live next door to me.”
Darren Devlyn sat down with her for a chat.
How does it feel to be on a show that’s clocked up over 300 episodes?
It’s amazing and it hit me today because I saw Jorja (co-star Jorja Fox) in the trailer getting ready and for her, she has been here for (over) 300 episodes. So to see the impact on her made me realise how powerful it was. You know, I’ve only done 33 episodes, so I have such a great deal of respect for all the people that have made this show so amazing to make it last this long.
Why did CSI make it to 300 episodes?
I think the actors are extraordinary. All of them are strong in such individual ways that I think they are all still so compelling.. from the producers to the crew. Everybody cares so much and that kind of dedication I think shows up on the screen and that kind of energy of intensity lends itself to the intensity of the cases.
How did it feel to have Marg Helgenberger back (for a guest appearance)?
Really exciting. I just can’t imagine what that would be like to come back to such a family that she created and she has been a part of and they all talk about how wonderful she is.
Of all the CSI episodes, which is your favourite?
My first episode. I’ll always look back and appreciate just the feeling of nerves that I had. I was welcomed so wonderfully by everybody and so I have a really good feeling about my first episode. And the writing I think was really good and I loved establishing Ted’s (Danson) and my relationship. And so I’ll always look back at that one as the one that was really special to me. I was worried if I watched all of Marg’s work, specifically, I would want to be like her somehow and I knew that obviously is not the way to go. So I just made a decision just to kind of try to move forward.
What would be your fantasy storyline for Finlay?
They are writing an episode and they describe it as a Thelma & Louise moment. So I am really excited. about that because I love the camaraderie of the girls on the show and I always feel like I want it to be more competitive, like girls against guys. Coming from my family background, I like when things get competitive. I’d like to play tennis on this show. We did talk about maybe starting one of the shows with us playing tennis together and then he (Danson) has to come and drag me away to solve a case. We could have a bowling tournament, the Vice Cops against the CSIs. We could have tournaments all the time. That would really make me happy.
What can we expect from the Season 14 opener?
Well, the beginning of this season is really exciting. Morgan’s character is in jeopardy. She went undercover to try to solve the case of this serial killer who is killing prostitutes one after the other. Because my character feels responsible for her going undercover, when this season starts I feel really, really on edge and worried that she is not going to make it out alive. And there is some fear that she may not. And at the same time Brass’ daughter is also in jeopardy and the two of them are together and the serial killer calls Brass and says, you need to choose, I am killing one of them. Which one should I kill? So it’s kind of, it’s kind of exciting.”
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Channel 9, Wednesday, 9.40pm