Lee Thompson Young Talks ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Changes

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Lee Thompson Young tells us he’s been getting particular enjoyment out of shooting this season of TNT’s hit “Rizzoli & Isles” because, “Everyone’s life is getting filled out, and that’s really interesting to play as an actor.”

He points out, “Obviously Sasha (Alexander) and Angie (Harmon) are fabulous and they will always be the core of the show.  But there are other avenues to explore with the rest of the ensemble, and they’re doing a good job of showing each person’s character.”  He says we’ll see a “deepening and strengthening of the relationships between the people inside the homicide unit” as the season unfurls.  Also, there are “definitely some partner dynamics” ahead between Angie Harmon’s Rizzoli character and her former partner in the homicide detective squad, played by Bruce McGill.  “There’ll be workplace shifts, too.”

Young, who plays Harmon’s current partner, the corpse-averse, technology whiz Det. Barry Frost, tells us he was caught off-gaurd by the way the show became a hit last year.  “And the size of the response we had was a pretty big surprise to all of us.”

The personable actor and USC grad, who was once known as the title tween favorite of the Disney Channel’s “The Famous Jett Jackson,” has been busy elsewhere between “Rizzoli & Isles” camera calls.

‘I did ‘The Good Guys’ on Fox, then an episode of ‘The Event,’  then came back to ‘Rizzoli and Isles,” says Young, whose credits also include the big screen “Friday Night Lights” and “Akeelah and the Bee.”  “It’s nice to mix it up a little bit, and get a fresh perspective every time.  It’s like a palate cleanser.  I like to fight against routine and getting stale.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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