Are Horatio Caine and Marisol Delko heading for a wedding on CBS' CSI: Miami (Mondays at 10 pm/ET)? Perhaps even en route to "happily ever after"? Or, in light of the nasty line of work that the good lieutenant is in, might this story go from a vow... to a kill? TVGuide.com rang Alana De La Garza, who plays Horatio's lady love, to get up to speed on CSI: Miami, a possible Smallville encore and her other TV adventures.
TVGuide.com: We go back a few years, Alana, and you haven't been keeping me posted on your TV gigs this season. Instead, I get press releases saying, "Alana's doing this. Alana's doing that."...
Alana De La Garza: Yeah, I took a break from the publicist, that's why. But she still rocks!
TVGuide.com: Fair enough. So you're everywhere this TV season Smallville, Charmed, The Book of Daniel and now CSI: Miami.
De La Garza: I'm telling you, I've been really, really blessed. I'm grateful and I'm just hanging on for the ride, praying that it continues. CSI has been really fun because it was supposed to be one or two episodes, but the story line has continued and continued and continued.
TVGuide.com: Let's flash back to the start of this TV season, where you kicked some butt on Smallville as a Kryptonian villainess.
De La Garza: That's right Aethyr. That was awesome! I got to be powerful and wear these neon-green contacts.
TVGuide.com: You were seriously working that cosmic tank top.
De La Garza: You mean that solid-metal cheerleading outfit? [Laughs] Thanks, man. They were like, "No problem, we have a bra for that outfit" "Oh, awesome."
TVGuide.com: After Smallville came Charmed... which I actually don't watch. What was your role there?
De La Garza: I played Dex's ex-girlfriend, and the girls kind of spot me kissing him, so they're like, "Wait, did she just kiss him on the lips?" Rose McGowan's character, Paige, morphs into me to break things off. It was really, really fun to kind of make fun of myself [as Phoebe being Sylvia]. I had to study Rose's mannerisms and that kind of thing.
TVGuide.com: You were just a mere mortal on that show?
De La Garza: Yes, just a mere mortal. [Sighs]
TVGuide.com: You then popped up on a show that got just a tiiiiiiiny bit of attention in the media, NBC's The Book of Daniel.
De La Garza: Book of Daniel was great. I got a phone call last minute to come in, and they said, "We know this role will evolve. We don't know how, but here we go." About the second episode in, I learn, "By the way, you're a lesbian. And you broke up a marriage."
TVGuide.com: You must have been like, "So much for being in one of this show's 'safe' story lines."
De La Garza: Right, right! "Oh, of course I'd be the lesbian... who stole all the money. Of course." I would have continued [if the series wasn't canceled]. I know that story line was going to be developed.
TVGuide.com: Now tell me how the whole CSI thing came about.
De La Garza: I had met with the casting director, like, two or three previous times. Then when I went in to play Eric's sister, they were like, "There's the fit."
TVGuide.com: And it was supposed to be just a few episodes?
De La Garza: It was going to be one or two. I was going to play his sister and have cancer. I said "OK, wow. Awesome." Then I worked with David Caruso and he turned out to be really great and they said, "Let's do a story line."
TVGuide.com: And you squealed, "I can't believe I'm David Caruso's girlfriend!"
De La Garza: How cool is that? I told David that he was the only on-screen boyfriend that my real boyfriend approved of. My boyfriend was like, "I like him."
TVGuide.com: Playing a bombshell with cancer dating this stoic detective has given you lots of notes to play.
De La Garza: Yeah, because I get to bring a little more emotion out of the Horatio character. He's always the hero and strong and firm and final. It's fun to be able to play with the emotional aspect of him. In our relationship, he's still the hero to Marisol and gives her hope. He's someone who believes everything is going to be OK.
TVGuide.com: The show desperately needed a character to fulfill that role. A question we often get asked here by fans is, "When is Horatio going to lighten up and smile?"
De La Garza: [Laughs] It's really wonderful to be introduced in that capacity, as someone who takes him to a different level and makes people go, "Wow, that's different."
TVGuide.com: In this week's episode, "Horatio takes the relationship to the next level." Does that have anything to do with the wedding photos that have been circulating?
De La Garza: I would say yes. How cool is that? I get to be Mrs. Lt. Horatio Caine!
TVGuide.com: Does Horatio get down on bended knee, or was it more of a "Hey, do you want to do this?" kind of thing?
De La Garza: Yeah. It's a very "deep" conversation. [Laughs] Marisol's like, "So, what did you mean by 'supporting' me? Did you mean marriage?"
TVGuide.com: Will the wedding go off without a hitch, or might there be a distraction for Horatio?
De La Garza: I'm sure there are going to be distractions, but it will go off without a hitch.
TVGuide.com: So you'll be around for next season?
De La Garza: Nooooooo, I don't think so. [Laughs] That's all I'll say. Horatio has got to be single, after all!
TVGuide.com: He does have that dangerous job and all... often involved in gunplay. Hmmm...
De La Garza: That was the big joke when I found out I was going to have a relationship with Horatio. People were like, "I wonder how you're going to die?" [Laughs] Because all of his ladies either leave or die. When the marriage proposal came up, it was like, "Oh, you're going down, sister."
TVGuide.com: Speaking of sisters, on CSI you've been "reunited" even though you were never actually on the soap at the same time with your All My Children sibling, Eva La Rue [Natalia].
De La Garza: Isn't that hysterical? We were both kind of excited to meet each other. I was like, "Hey, sis! I hear you're sleeping with my brother [Eric]? That's kind of freaky." Eva laughed. She is delightful, a very cool soul. I love her.
TVGuide.com: Is your bad Kryptonian self going to be back on Smallville? They're building up to this big finale involving General Zod and all....
De La Garza: Not for the finale, but I've heard rumors of [Aethyr returning] next season. I'm not sure what's going to happen, but I hope they do bring us back.
TVGuide.com: What's the status on your feature film Mr. Fix It?
De La Garza: That is being shopped right now. They just showed it to distributors last week.
TVGuide.com: What's to shop? It's you and David Boreanaz!
De La Garza: [Laughs] I'm trying to tell people! It's this great romantic comedy about a guy [Boreanaz] who is hired by guys to get their ex-girlfriends back. He dates them, lets them fall in love and then dumps them so badly they go back running into their exes' arms.
TVGuide.com: But I'm guessing he really falls in love with you! And how could he not?
De La Garza: Of course! [Laughs] And there's a great twist at the end. It was fun sitting in the theater [at a screening] and hearing the audience gasp. It's like, "All right, good. We got 'em!"