Although Jill Hennessy, the star of NBC's Crossing Jordan (Sundays at 10pm/ET), sure steamed up the Jan. 8 episode with Jerry O'Connell, the ME's future with Woody looks, alas, complicated. TV Guide asked Hennessy about the duo's dynamite dynamic and more.
TV Guide: So are we ever going to see Jordan and Woody [Jerry O'Connell] do the deed? It seems like every so often...
Jill Hennessy: They dance us around like puppets every season, it seems. Like moths to a flame, and when the heat gets too hot, they pull us away. But the episodes [airing now] are ones where Jordan and Woody get a lot more intimate.
TV Guide: Details, please!
Hennessy: I can't get too specific, but there's an indication of something that's almost like a threesome.
TV Guide: My jaw just dropped. Do they have a future?
Hennessy: Oh, gosh. Things get so twisted that they're sort of forced apart. Let's just say she's not the one in control of where it's going.
TV Guide: What's your theory about the Jordan-Woody chemistry?
Hennessy: Jordan likes the danger. She's a medical examiner, he's a detective, they have to work together on crime scenes all the time, which is just not kosher. She's a slightly messed-up, left-of-center, go-for-broke wild girl who's only gone out with musicians who drink too much. He's a Wisconsin farm dude on the exterior, he's a nice, calm, collected, sweet guy but between the sheets, perhaps, a panther.
TV Guide: What was it like to play a volatile character after your three quieter years on Law & Order?
Hennessy: Very cathartic. I loved the character on Law & Order [ADA Claire Kincaid] because attorneys have to be restrained. Jordan doesn't think about diplomacy and decorum. I do things I wouldn't do in real life. In real life, I'm too concerned about being impolite. I don't want to step on people's toes. Jordan just lets things fly. It's fun.
TV Guide: You used to support yourself by playing guitar and singing in the subway. What kind of songs do you sing to your 2-year-old son, Marco?
Hennessy: Right now he's into Green Day. I sing a lot of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." He knows the first couple of lyrics. I've got to get him to play harmonica.
TV Guide: A toddler backing you up on harmonica? That's an unsettling image.
Hennessy: [As if to son] "C'mon, play, play! Stay in tempo! Dance, monkey, dance!" Wouldn't that be horrible? [Laughs]
TV Guide: Do you whip out the guitar at parties?
Hennessy: Oh, yeah. I just played at a Project Angel Food benefit. Michael Chiklis (The Shield) called me about it. He's a good friend and a great singer. Everybody else at the benefit was sort of a Broadway belter incredibly talented. After the first act, I was telling Chiklis, "Look, dude, let's tie some bedsheets together and go out the window." But it ended up being great. I got a long round of applause, which was very nice.
TV Guide: Part of The X-Files lore is that you, Gillian Anderson and Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) all competed for the role of Scully. True?
Hennessy: Yeah! Gillian and I were friends. I love Gillian. She gave me a ride back from the audition in the convertible she rented. We were listening to Nina Simone when she said, "I don't know if I'm supposed to tell anybody, but they just told me that I got the part." I was like, "That's awesome. I'm, you know, disappointed for myself but very happy for you."
TV Guide: You once said, "I get paranoid when I do a character for more than three years. I don't want to lose my acting chops." Uh, Crossing Jordan is on Season 5.
Hennessy: Yeah. [Deadpan] I lost my chops years ago. I don't know what I'm doing anymore. [Laughs] No, the great thing is that the show is really hard to peg. People aren't sure if it's a straightforward procedural or a comedy or a drama or a relationship-type show. The thing about this character is she's always different, so you're never trapped in a niche or formula. At least you keep it fresh, you know? You're not just coming in, running on a treadmill every day.