Chris Noth And Alicia Witt Talk Law & Order Criminal Intent


Chit Chat Gal Talks With Chris Noth and Alicia Witt About Law And Order CI and Sex And The City

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This years final episode of Law and Order Criminal Intent airs on The USA Network tonight ( 12/13/2007) at 10/9C.

Chit Chat Gal: Alicia, how has it been coming into the show as the new kid on the block this year?

Alicia Witt: It’s been really great, you know. I’ve felt like I kind of have the most amazing gig doing this because it had all the benefits of coming into a show that was already running very smoothly after being on for seven years.

So the glitches that you might have with a new show weren’t going to happen. But I also felt like it was just so fun to come into it and be feeling everybody out and coming into a situation where there were established relationships with the characters that existed, and just be somebody new.

And I kind of made an effort myself to not overly familiarize myself with the idiosyncrasies of Logan in particular so that I would be coming in as Falacci was with completely fresh eyes.

So it’s been great. I’ve had a complete blast doing it.

Chit Chat Gal: Chris, how has it been balancing filming the show with the Sex and the City movie?

Christopher Noth:
Oh, crazy.
Chit Chat Gal: Are they both being filmed in New York?

Christopher Noth: Yeah, it’s pretty schizo. Totally antithetical subject matter, feeling. It’s completely two different sets although for a movie I think they cover an enormous amount of ground as, you know, they may not be doing eight or nine pages like we do.

But they cover what they do very – I mean, they cover a lot, you know. They’re going at a rapid pace. So both sets were positively exhausting in completely different ways.

You know, it was a big challenge for me because it’s – filming is – has its own sort of wearing and exhausting nature to it. Not just the hours but the repetition.  You’re so tired you’re like I am right now. You can’t articulate. You got to get eight hours of sleep, especially for Law & Order. It’s a romantic comedy so that it’s different in terms of timing and the use – you’re using a whole different set of instruments for it.

So I was always happy to get – it’s kind of like two different families. You know what I mean? And it was fun to get back to each one of them after going through – it’s like, you know, coming back to the Law & Order world after being in that world was at first a little bracing.

And then it was back to normal. And then going back to them after Law & Order, it was like – it was a little weird, you know.

Can you talk more specifically about the episode that’s going to air, what your roles are in this particular episode? And if it sort of hit any emotional – touched any emotional chords for either of you?

Alicia Witt: It’s hugely emotional because – at least in my limited experience, it’s the most emotional episode that we’ve done. This episode is one where the detectives really end up getting invested in it in a way that doesn’t usually happen because they deal with this all the time. Obviously you feel something and you wish the people that you need to interrogate who just lost a family member weren’t having to go through this but you deal with it because it’s part of the job.

And not to say that you get jaded, but it’s your work so you need to kind of put that aside. And in this episode, it just hits a little too close. It’s about the murders of these three college kids who weren’t in gangs, weren’t doing drugs…

Christopher Noth: They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Alicia Witt: They were good kids. Yeah.

Christopher Noth: And the title of the show kind of says it all — “Senseless” — and, you know, we do what we do. We’re, you know, you’re trying to solve a crime and be objective, and not get sucked into the tragedy because it can get in your way if you do get sucked into it. But then every once in awhile, it hits you. There’s a scene where the father of the young lady who’s on life support and maybe is going to make it, maybe not, and it turns out she doesn’t make it.

And as we’re coming out, he’s like – asks us who would do such a thing and, you know, why would somebody do this? And it’s like you know, people feel like cops can, you know, protect them or solve it for them.

It’s hard to answer that. It’s hard to give them the answer that they want because we don’t really have them. We don’t have an answer for it. All we can do is try to find the guys that did it, put them away and let that be a form of healing for them. But for the family it’s the rest of their lives are going to be ruined by this one senseless act.

There’s not much you can do. I mean, we’re sorry for your loss, but those are just words, you know.

All we can do is to face each day with a new set of clues and try to inch forward, and get the – and then when you finally do get the guy or guys — whatever it may be — often it’s so – the reason they did it is like the title, senseless, and you’re left with really a pretty empty feeling.