We caught up with the gritty crime drama's newest cop on the block, actress Kearran Giovanni, to talk about the tight-knit team, Hugh Jackman's hot abs and how home is where you make it.
Kearran: Absolutely. But I got here and, honestly, it was just perfect. Everyone was so welcoming! It's like we're all family — Mary [McDonnell] is like a mom and a sister rolled into one, and the boys and I play golf and hang out outside of work. I couldn’t be luckier to have jumped into this world... it feels like I was on The Closer for seven years.
Kearran: I’m not from either — I'm from Texas — but I remember being in New York when I was 15 for dance training, and I just fell in love with it. I always said I'm going to live in an apartment until I die, and I'll have cats and I'll be a New Yorker (laughs). It's either you or it's not. My husband's from there, so it was a good fit. But I can't compare the two... I just have to like them each for what they are.
Kearran: My parents are from Louisiana and when I first moved to New York, my mom used to either overnight me crawfish and boudin, or my parents would fly here and she would bring a cooler with dry ice on the plane with her full of frozen crawfish, boudin, cornbread and other stuff from home! I am lucky to have parents who opened the door for me to move around and feel comfortable anywhere — for me, anywhere I am and my husband is and my kids are... it's home.
Kearran: I honestly loved them all for different reasons, but doing the show with Hugh Jackman was like a rock concert every night — and he is the most wonderful man on the planet besides my husband! And I loved doing Sweet Charity with Christina Applegate, because I could do "Big Spender" and all the great numbers from that show at 23 [years old]. Those are probably my two standouts.
Kearran: Yes, absolutely! He used to ride his bike to rehearsal, and he would come in at 10 o'clock in the morning all sweaty and undress in the rehearsal room and... just yes, he is that hot in person! Plus, he has this crazy metabolism — it's so ridiculous. He would eat like 5,000 calories a day just to stay at the same weight, because he is naturally fit and has the perfect six-pack.
Kearran: Oh, there's a lot of singing! Until the age of about two, they don't want me to sing at all. Then all of a sudden, they hit two-and-a-half and just think it's the best thing since sliced bread. So yes, there's a lot of singing, a lot of dancing and a lot of musical-watching in our house.
Kearran: Before this, I always said the two roles I wanted to play were a cop and a doctor. I got to play a doctor on One Life to Life — which was great — so I'd kind of been looking forward to finding something like this. When I read the role the first time, I was with my husband and I said to him, "This is it! She's mine!"
Kearran: (laughs) Well, thank you! I think on my first or second day, I was doing the first episode's scene with guns at a grocery store — and there were probably 300 people there on the lot watching — and I just thought to myself, "Oh God, please don’t mess this up!"
Kearran: I would say my favorite thing is probably my dad's deep-fried turkey. It's a tradition we do at every holiday — Christmas, Easter, whatever. It's the most delicious, juicy, amazing thing you've ever had... and not greasy. I would love a deep-fried turkey right now. (laughs) And now that I'm done filming, maybe I will have one!
Kearran: I love making crawfish etouffee and shrimp creole... we do a lot of shrimp in our house. I also bake a lot, so I do a "Sock It To Me" cake — a bundt cake with cinnamon and sugar and pecans. Everything I cook sounds really healthy, doesn't it? (laughs) We actually do eat pretty healthy most of the time. There's a lot of salad in our house, and fish. Our girls love fish!
Kearran: What I like to do on Sundays— after I've done my grocery shopping over the weekend — is try to cook my protein for a couple of days. I'll cook a huge batch of shrimp or I'll do one or two batches of chicken, and then I'll decide what I want to throw in it later. That's how I try to do it... it doesn't always happen, but at least I've made my valiant effort on Sunday.
Kearran: Well, I'm sure there are lots of things I can't do... the trick is to find stuff that you can and just do those (laughs). No, I try other stuff too! I am really bad at baseball — terrible. Anything with a ball and hand/eye coordination is not for me. And my husband says he has to choreograph my moves around the house like dance steps because I trip and fall all the time. I'm the clumsiest person you've ever met.
The cast of Major Crimes talks about the TNT spin-off series.
Don't miss Kearran and the rest of the Major Crimes' crusaders every Monday night on TNT at 9/8c. Missed an episode? Catch up by watching (for free!) at TNTdrama.com.
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