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Polished Edge: Annie Parisse
Q: Do you still get recognized from “Law & Order” as Assistant DA Alexandra Borgia?
A: I did two seasons, and it was a very dark ending for me.
Q: Though you became known on TV, you do a lot of stage work. Where have you worked?
A: I just did six months on Broadway in “Clybourne Park.” And first we did it at Playwrights Horizon (off-Broadway). I did the Rubicon Theatre (Ventura, Calif.). Theater is such a special place for actors.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born in Alaska and grew up in Seattle.
Q: What was your reaction to reading the pilot for this?
A: It was very, very scary. I read it, then watched the pilot.
Q: How do you describe your character, Debra Parker?
A: I am an academic brought in to consult and lead in the investigation of Joe Carroll. I am in charge of Kevin Bacon’s character. I wonder what he would say to that. I am trying to keep that man in line.
Q: Are you a fan of this genre?
A: One of my favorite classes was horror in theater and psychology.
Q: Where and what did you study?
A: BFA in theater at Fordham.
Q: Does this show scare you?
A: I am not that easily scared because of knowing the genre, and I was so scared. What they do in the pilot is shocking.
Q: How do you see the show evolving over the season?
A: As it goes on, it feels like all of us are continuously getting our comeuppance.
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