When Colin Egglesfield first appeared on TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” as Det. Jane Rizzoli’s ex-con brother, Tommy, everyone suspected he was up to no good.
Things don’t change when he returns in the Sept. 5 episode, “Gone Daddy Gone,” and when the show returns for its winter season Nov. 28.
“He does find himself in trouble,” Egglesfield, who grew up in Crete, Ill., said. “There are a couple of instances where some crimes happen and they think Tommy did it and we’re not sure if he did or not, or if he’s going to end up back in jail.”
Tommy also spends some quality time with Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander)—“there’s some sexual chemistry there”—which doesn’t sit well with Rizzoli (Angie Harmon).
Egglesfield wouldn’t give many more hints about Tommy’s future in the upcoming episode or the winter episode for which he is booked, but he did say that if asked, he’d join the show full-time.
“Absolutely. I love this character and I love the show … He’s been a really fun character to play,” he said, adding that Harmon and Alexander are great to work with.
Egglesfield, who spends time with his brother in Wrigleyville when he visits Chicago, talked more about his “Rizzoli & Isles” experience, his upcoming movies and getting to throw out the first pitch and sing the seventh-inning stretch at a Cubs game.
I saw the first episode you were in. I felt kind of bad for your character though; nobody believed him.
Yeah, well, that’s just seems to be Tommy’s lot in life because he’s done a few shady things, so he’s not the easiest guy to trust.
He’s trying to get it together, right?
He’s definitely got a good heart, but he always just kind of seems to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s got a little bit of a temper, so when he thinks anything is unjust he tends to not be afraid to voice his opinion on things and that’s what usually gets him in trouble.
That’s sort of what his sister does, too.
How do you figure that he ended up on one side of the law and both his siblings are cops?
I think it probably has to do with both his brother and sister having the dark hair and the dark eyes. We talked about this, the producers and I, because Tommy has a little bit lighter hair and lighter eyes. I feel like he feels different just because he looks different. I’m sure he probably got teased by his brother and sister growing up [because] he was adopted. And so I kind of feel like as a younger sibling living in the shadow of an older brother and sister he probably wanted to do things to establish his own identity and usually that means doing things that are opposite from what your brother and sister do. He probably got more attention for acting up and acting out and probably just enjoyed it, and so kept on going with it.
How has it been working on “Rizzoli and Isles?”
It’s been great. To be on a show like this, which has been getting a lot of attention, a lot of critical acclaim, it’s just been a lot of fun. It’s like through your acting career some jobs you take just because you have to in order to eat and survive, but “Rizzoli and Isles” is one of the most fun and best jobs I’ve ever worked on just because Angie and Sasha are just some of the coolest people to work with.
Angie, I don’t know if she drinks 20 cups of coffee every day, but she’s always just like amped up and she’s just a fun person to be on set with. Days can get really long and she’s always got so much energy and she’s just ready for anything exciting or, you know, there’s never a boring moment with her.
And Sasha’s great. She’s a little bit more low key but she’s really intelligent and smart and we’ll go off and we’ll just talk about all sorts of different stuff going on. And Lorraine Bracco, I mean how can you not like her? She’s incredibly sweet, so funny. Bruce McGill and everyone else; it’s been a great experience.
Colin Egglesfield stirs up trouble, romance on 'Rizzoli & Isles'
Sasha Alexander, Colin Egglesfield and Angie Harmon in "Rizzoli & Isles." (TNT)