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Jorja- An Fox was born on July 7, 1968, in New York City, and raised in Florida. With a variety of memorable roles filling up her resume, it would not be cliched for one to hum a few bars of "Jorja On My Mind." Actress JORJA FOX currently stars on the highest-ranked drama of the new television season, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for CBS. Fox stars as a member of the autopsy team who heads-up the gritty drama series that is executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. No stranger to television, Fox also stared on NBC's top-rated series ER as resident intern Dr. Maggie Doyle prior to her segue as Secret Service Agent Gina Toscano on Aaron Sorkin's Emmy Award-winning drama THE WEST WING. Additional credits include guest turns on LAW AND ORDER and the historic "coming out" episode of ELLEN. Fox has also managed to carve out some impressive film credits that includes this year's Sundance Film Festival dramatic competitor MEMENTO in which she portrays the wife of lead Guy Pearce. This marks Fox's third foray into Sundance. She has previously made the trip in conjunction with her roles as sister to Clea Duvall in the quirky comedy HOW TO MAKE THE CRUELEST MONTH and as the town-gossip in THE KILL-OFF which was based on the book by renowned author Jim Thompson ("The Grifters"). More recent feature credits include the comedy FOREVER FABULOUS with Jean Smart and DOWN WITH THE JONES opposite Joshua Leonard ("The Blair Witch Project").
Having appeared in numerous stage productions, Fox continues to work tirelessly in conjunction with the theater company which she co-founded, Honeypot Productions. Honeypot has put up three plays to date, two of them scribed by Fox. The fourth play, "Loving Stanley," which she also penned, offers up a comedic romp about the women's bowling circuit.
Upon completion of high school, she moved back to New York to pursue her career in acting. Now residing in Los Angeles, Fox enjoys travelling, playing guitar, singing and has an affinity for the ocean which dates back to her childhood.
Jorja Fox: C.S.I. Candy
We go “undercover” with C.S.I.’s Jorja Fox. By which we mean we dress her in crazy getups and ask her silly questions. It’s our m.o.!
Silver Lake, California, 3:19 on a sunny afternoon at the dog park, about a softball pitch away from downtown L.A.: I was scheduled to meet Jorja Fox at 3 P.M. and follow her around with a tape recorder while she walked her dogs. Just when I start to think, This sucks, I see a sprightly, tank—topped, ponytailed woman come bounding through the gates. It’s her! Jorja Fox! And I was just beginning to feel like a creep sitting in this place alone without a dog. “I’m so sorry I’m late! You must have felt like a creep sitting in this place alone without a dog,” she says. “No problem,” I say. After stints on ER and The West Wing, Jorja Fox is now riding high atop the crest of the hit CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. And with a role in last year’s indie—film sensation Memento, the lovely Ms. Fox is proving that she’s a lucky charm of sorts—or at least something I’d like to have draped around my neck. On CSI she plays a scientist who must find the answers to many bizarre and often sordid questions. I decided to turn the tables on her. It’s funny seeing her there—you know, under the table.
STUFF: Your character on CSI knows a thing or two about crime scenes. What sort of things should we watch out for if we murdered someone and didn’t want to be linked to the crime? Theoretically, of course.
JORJA: Well, I definitely think you should not murder anyone, under any circumstances—ever!
It’s a little late for that right now.
I would say call the paramedics first, then call the cops. If you can’t do that, then just cover your entire body in latex and get rid of the corpse and you’ll probably get away with it.
How should I get rid of the body?
A piranha fish tank is my personal pick.
When a director asks you to be angry, do you think of the time when the neighborhood bully threw your pet turtle down a well?
Anger is very easy for me. The hardest thing a director could ever ask me to do is cry. That’s when I become super—actory. I have to go in a corner and psych myself up for it. I think I’m kind of an angry person. Anger is something I identify with. For better or worse.
What’s the strangest outfit you like to put on when nobody else is home?
Well, my friend who works for the city left his uniform at my house one night and didn’t come back, so I tried on this whole weird sort of construction thing with a tool belt. That’s pretty kinky.
Let’s say I showed up at your house on a typical Sunday morning, flashed my badge and dusted the headboard of your bed for fingerprints. How many different sets would I find?
Fingers and toes…probably only five or six right now.
That’s a big headboard.
I sleep on the floor, by the way.
In preparation for the weekend, have you ever stolen a set of handcuffs or rubber gloves from the set?
Rubber gloves always come in handy. I don’t use handcuffs on the show, but there’s probably a set in my house.
When someone creepy sidles up to you at a bar, how do you get rid of him?
It doesn’t really happen to me. I might have that weird—radar, because the people who talk to me are almost never creepy. I’m really lucky that way. You’ve gotta wonder what kind of vibe you’re putting out there if you’re having really creepy people come talk to you.
What’s the worst pickup line you’ve ever heard that used your last name?
Maybe, “I’m feeling very sly, and I know ’cause you’re a Fox that you’d want to make it with me.”
I don’t even get it. How do you respond to something like that?
If I have a drink in my hand, sometimes it accidentally falls in the direction of the person. If somebody’s nice enough to come up to me and be interested in me, it’s almost always a really cool thing. Unless they’re really gross about it. I haven’t gone home with anybody who tried to pick me up in a long time.
Would you say you’re crazy like a fox, or is your last name nothing but a lie?
Until I was 14 years old, I was really fat—I was obese. And I have this gap between my teeth. At that time it was twice the size—you could put a quarter through it—and I had freckles. My mom bought foxy girl T—shirts—which were big, sort of, in the ’70s—for every day of the week, and I had to wear one every day. It was kind of brutal. It was very difficult to live up to that. The whole “foxy” thing is funny, because for most of my life it was so not true. It was like a reverse joke. But, yeah, I’m crazy. I’m totally crazy. It’s true. All of my family members are crazy, too. There’s a lot in a name.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever gotten stuck in that gap between your front teeth?
I’d have to say rocks. A couple of rocks. I was camping, it was dark, I was caught up in the moment and I got some rocks in my teeth.
Rocks. Your face was in the dirt?
Gently. But, yes.
What are some of your vices, besides the cigarette you’re smoking right now?
Ha! Well, I stay up really late, I drink coffee and [alcohol] and I like to be bad. Bad! But I don’t have so many vices.
What kind of drink could I buy you?
A beer. I would be really impressed. A bottle of beer. Nice beer—a microbrew. No glass. Amber is my favorite.
You play guitar: Have you ever gone to a store and tried out a new guitar by playing “Stairway to Heaven”?
No, but I do know how to play “Stairway to Heaven.” I’ve seen people do that. Once or twice I’ve even taken them outside and let them know that it’s probably not all that cool.
You’re a self—described liberal. Will you use your fame to save the world?
Wow! I would sure love to try.
Where would you start?
Honestly? Two places: the environment, to be very serious, and sex.
I think “Make love, not war” might be the most profound statement that’s ever been made. If people were spending more time having sex, they’d be a lot less inclined to be violent.
You’re not going to ask me what my favorite dildo is or something?
Jorja Fox and Archie Kayo Talk About "C.S.I."
Are you surprised at the popularity of the show and the amount of young people who are going to college now to learn more about forensics?
JORJA FOX: I'm enormously surprised at the success of “C.S.I.” I think that even in all of our wildest dreams that we could have imagined as great a run as we are having and I'm just thrilled about it. I feel blessed every day. I'm also surprised that, yes, there seems to be an increase in kids wanting to study forensics.
I know that the big joke right now is with law enforcement, when they talk to people, everybody thinks that they can have their crime solved in 40 minutes or at least less than two days. Unfortunately, that's the key to our show. We're hearing about that right now and it'll be interesting to see if the kids stick to it or if it's something that looks more glossy than it is perhaps on a day-to-day basis.
How has the reaction been within the law enforcement community? Do you hear mostly positive responses?
JORJA FOX: Yes, for the most part everybody is very, very supportive. It's really a great thing. We try very hard to make the show as real as we can. Time is the only place where we really take big cheats. We thought about opening a case in September and we'll solve it in December - like real-life - but we thought we might lose some of our audience then.
Is it a little bit intimidating joining one of the highest rated shows on television?
ARCHIE KAYO: Yes, there's no question. I think it's certainly a genuine privilege. Besides the show being so well done, everyone on the show is a class act. Everyone is realizing that it is kind of an extraordinary ride and they are all aware.
JORJA FOX: Basically we are all loony and down-to-earth.
Is it really crazy behind-the-scenes? It's such a serious drama.
JORJA FOX: Yeah, we cut loose.
ARCHIE KAYO: You couldn't imagine.
Who is the practical joker?
JORJA FOX: I think probably George Eads is the biggest practical joker. But everybody is fair game and everybody has jokes that they like to play on each other.
This movie tonight - “The Emperor's Club” - is basically about teachers and the impact they have on their students. Did you have a teacher who made an impact on you?
JORJA FOX: Yes, several. I am specifically thinking right now about a high school English teacher, Mrs. Williamson, and a high school Humanities teacher, Mrs. Asher.
Was it what they taught you or how they taught you?
JORJA FOX: Both, I think. They were really accessible to all the kids in the school, for the most part. It didn't matter if you were doing well in the class or if you were doing poorly in the class, they kept an eye on everybody in addition to just inspiring kids. For me, I never loved Shakespeare or traditional English studies; I like modern stuff. For a teacher to get me really excited about Shakespeare to a point where you are passionate about it - you can't wait to read the next chapter - that shows dedication.
More fun stuff about Jorja Fox
Attended Hoover Junior High in Indialantic, Florida.
Went to Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Florida for two years before being "discovered" in a model search at a local mall.
Her name, Jorja is pronounced Georgia (like the state Georgia in the US)
Her parents immigrated from Montreal, Canada, mother Marilyn (Belgian-Canadian, b. 1927, d. 1996), father (Irish-Canadian, b. 1924), older brother Jeff (b. 1957).
Co-founded the experimental theater group Honeypot Productions.
In July 2004, Fox was fired from the hit show "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000) for refusing to sign documentation stating she would return to work. Her co-worker, George Eads, was fired the day after she was for not showing up to work. Reportedly both actors wanted more money. Fox returned to work the following Thursday after being fired, and Eads the next day.
CSI star Jorja Fox celebrates the success of the best show in CBS history
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation executive producer and showrunner Carol Mendelsohn summed up the feelings of the cast and crew when they gathered in Los Angeles recently to celebrate the show's one hundredth episode.
"Five years, the number one show in the world, one hundred episodes, it doesn't get better than this," Mendelsohn told assembled guests at the event, according to a CBS News report by Bob Windsor. Also addressing the audience, CBS chairman Les Moonves acclaimed CSI as the "best buy we have ever made in the history of this network."
The cast and crew posed for photos with a special cake, decorated in the show's signature colours, green and black, with a yellow crime scene tape around the sides. After helping themselves to slices, they either danced the night away or indulged in that quintessential Las Vegas pastime: gambling.
But there was still time to reflect on how far the show had come, after it was rejected by NBC, ABC and Fox and only just scraped onto CBS' fall line-up in 2000. Creator Anthony Zuiker confessed he was "hoping just to get six episodes on the air, not a hundred." He described the milestone, reached with last week's "Ch-Ch-Changes", as "the best dream a man can accomplish with a great cast and crew." As for how long the series can continue, Zuiker said he has no intention of calling it quits any time soon: "Another ten years, hopefully."
Star Marg Helgenberger (Catherine Willows) paid tribute to all everyone who had a hand in making the show a success. "I want to thank and acknowledge everybody who spends hours and hour to make this show happen," said Helgenberger. Executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer echoed her feelings: "It takes an enormous amount of hard work and persperation to get to this place, and it's really thanks to all of you that we're here."
Other cast members said they felt blessed just to be part of the CSI phenomenon. "What a treat to be on the best show in television," said Robert David Hall (Al Robbins). Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle) said she didn't think CSI would find an audience, let alone 29 million viewers each week: "I thought that nobody in America would want to show about death, especially on a Friday night."
Jorja Fox's bad dream
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" actress Jorja Fox is looking back on her and cast mate George Eads' temporary firing from the show as "a very bad dream that lingered. You think, 'This can't really be happening,' but it is."
In her first interview since the highly publicized souring of the actors' contract renegotiations, Fox tells us she feels she and Eads have been unfairly slammed by some of the media – and that much of what has been reported about the dispute and its resolution has been inaccurate.
"Seven of the eight cast members had put in for a raise – probably all eight did, but I can only confirm seven," she says. "When you are lucky enough to be on a show that's a hit, you put in for a raise. That is commonly done ... There have been some very ugly contract renegotiations in Hollywood, but I didn't think this was going to be one of those by any means. I'm not one to make demands and hold out. That's not my style. I'm not a thug. It was kind of a bunch of strange events that lined up for this to happen."
Fox reveals that "to CBS's credit," she was offered a raise, "but I decided not to take it for two reasons. One, it would have said this was about the money, and it wasn't about the money. And two, George was out at that time, and we didn't know what was going to happen, and to achieve or acquire something on the event of someone else's firing just didn't feel right to me."
The actress refrains from getting into specifics, and "I won't talk about George." She will say, "It's definitely easier to be fired with a buddy, and it sounds terrible, but George is someone wonderful to be fired with."
They commiserated during their ouster and had a drink together once it was over. This week, she reports, six of the cast members are doing a scene together, and "I'm sure the mood will be celebratory. We shut down for 10 days over this, and in that time, everyone in the cast and crew had a chance to think about how much we love doing this show. Coming back, it's been kind of like a renewal of vows."
Jorja Fox is a huge pet lover
TV star Jorja Fox of 'Crime Scenes Investigation: CSI' talked about how she plays with her pooch while she has time between scenes. She also talked about her roles on 'The West Wing' and 'E/R.' Jorja says her dream job would be appearing on TV on Animal Planet. Were the bosses listening that day?
SD: You've seen her on the West Wing and ER. Oh, remember that episode of Ellen? It was called the 'Puppy' Episode. We'll talk about that in a second. Her name is Jorja Fox, and right now she's the hottest thing on TV. Well no, I don't mean it quite that way. Well, you know, maybe I do. You see her on CSI and she's giggling. Hey, Jorja.
Jorja Fox: Hello, Steve. How's everything?
SD: Everything is great. You know, the reason why we wanted to have you on Animal Planet Radio was because I've got, right in my hand here, your bio. And it says your name, you know, and then the date of birth, which is interesting cause the year is actually on this. I don't know any other actress that does that.
JF: See, I'm not quite sure how that all slipped out. But it's all out in the open.
SD: The place of birth, and then your pets.
JF: No, it doesn't!
SD: It does! Ali the dog, a boxer, Rumplestiltskin your cat, and Sidney Potier, your cat.
SD: Well, we need to talk about this.
SD: I mean, you are a HUGE pet lover.
JF: Um .. I'm, I'm an extreme animal lover now. And I love you know all animals. Domestic largely, but I'm kind of an animal freak, I guess you could say.
SD: Well, I don't think it's a freaky thing, I think that's a great thing. Lets, you know I understand that between takes, I don't know many, you know, television scenes, exciting, and it kind of is, but you know, a lot of these shows especially those that are not sitcoms, they take a while. Yours is done in film style, movie style, and that means there's time between these takes.
SD: Things have to be set up and especially with you show, because things are so specifically detailed.
JF: Very visually oriented.
SD: Mm hm. What do you do with all that time?
JF: *laughs* That's a very good question. Well, we have all kinds of games on the set. Like chess and checkers and things like that. Match games like soccer and basketball break out. I have a big music collection in my trailer. And we're actually really lucky because we shoot a little outside of LA and we're allowed to bring our dogs to work.
SD: Now THAT'S where I'm going.
JF: Yeah. Yes, exactly, so.
SD: So the really big game isn't chess or checkers, it's fetch.
JF: Mm hm. Yeah, Marg has a dog she brings sometimes. And George Eads brings his dog to work EVERY day.
SD: Ah, you're talking about Marg Helgenberger.
JF: Yes, Marg Helgenberger is on the show.
JF: And George Eads. And his dog, Maverick, is there every day. If he's there, Maverick's there. And I bring my dog, I'd say, you know about once every couple of weeks. I- I bring her if I have a shorter day. Because I have two cats, she has company at home. So unless- If I'm there for a couple of hours or less, I have the time. If it gets to be a long day then *laughs* she's ready to come home, you know, before I am. That's a lot of fun, and it's a big gift too. That's not often, I mean you see that on some sets sometimes, but it's rare on a show that people are allowed to bring their pets.
SD: Well, and those names of your pets intrigue me. Ali, named after the boxer?
JF: Mm hm.
JF: All three of them, of my animals, came with their names. Sid Potier, actually was originally named Sid Vicious. And I quit calling him that, sort of altered that name, because he was inheriting his namesake a little bit, and I thought that maybe. And kind of the funny thing about that after he became Sid Potier, he did sort of relax. He's very debonair now.
SD: He's a much better actor.
JF: He's a perfect gentleman.
JF: And, ah, Ali was named after the great Muhammad Ali.
SD: Mm hm.
JF: Who, who was I to change their names? And I actually love all of their names.
SD: Where did you get your dog, Ali, the Boxer, from?
JF: Ah, um. Ali was a personal rescue, actually. I had a friend who couldn't keep her, and she was about ten months old. He had heard that I just moved out to LA and had a small yard and he called me and I said sure, that I would take her. She sort of came with an expiration date. That after six months, if I wasn't completely satisfied, that he was moving out to LA, and he would take her. And, ah, you know, of course, I fell madly in love. I think it took all of about a week. Ali was one of the best decisions I ever made.
SD: You know, they say that. And I used to do a lot of celebrity interviews, and I would talk, eventually, because I'm me, with the celebrities, about their pets.
SD: And one of my favorite questions was-
JF: Even before Animal Planet?
SD: Yeah! Yeah.
JF: Which I'm a huge fan of, by the way.
SD: Well, thank you! Thank you very much. Well I wanna know if your dog's personality, in any way, reflects yours?
JF: Um *laughs* Well. People say that.
JF: Definitely say that. And that's the thing I've been intrigued with for a long time too, cause I notice dogs, I think in particular, that are with owners or human companions, or whatever you want to call them, you know, the two personalities definitely seem to blend. The question to me has always been 'has it been the dog the takes on the human personality, or the human takes on the dog personality.' *laughs* And it's kind of a brilliant thing. But yeah, so I've heard. I've heard that we look alike, I've heard that we have definitely similar personality traits.
SD: Mm hm. Have you always been this huge animal lover?
JF: Yeah, I mean, matter of fact, even as a kid, I grew up in a small, beach town in Florida, and there was more wildlife there than there probably were humans. At that time, things have changed, sort of a bit. My grandmother, who's 98, is a huge environmentalist, and has always been very, ah, very sort of tuned in to the natural world.
JF: And I think, as a young kid, I, um I really wanted to be like a marine biologist, or work with wildlife, more than I wanted to do anything else. And as I got older, you know, my science skills are really weak, which is also sort of iran- ironic cause I'm playing a scientist *laughs* right now on television!
SD: Yeah, now you weren't supposed to tell me that.
JF: *laughs* Science and math. It sort of became clear to me, probably around Jr. High or High School, that I might not make it! You know? Like I would love to do it as a career, work with wildlife, but the actual mechanics of getting a degree might not really be in my future.
SD: You know what would really be cool? And you never know who's listening to this show, wouldn't it be great if you hosted a show on Animal Planet? Where you didn't have to really know the science?
SD: But you did have to use your ability, well you know, talk into that camera or that camera. And read off cue cards and do all the things that you can do. And- And and I don't mean that in a bad way! And still be able to go out and do things, like, with dolphin show trainers. And go to, maybe, a rain forest somewhere. Wouldn't that be great?
JF: Steve, you know, if that could be in my future, I would be absolutely thrilled. That would be amazing.
SD: Okay! Let's say, alright, this is your- remember 'I Dream of Jeanie'?
JF: Mm hm.
JF: Actually, I grew up ten minutes from the town where 'I Dream of Jeanie' took place, Coco Beach, Florida.
SD: Alright, so you are now Jeanie. And you can cross your arms like Barbara Eden used to do, and close your eyes and, and all and make a wish for a TV Show. I mean, after CSI runs its very long and healthy course. Which we want.
JF: *laughs* Thank you.
SD: What would that show be? Would it be a sitcom, would it be really a nature show?
JF: Um yeah, I mean I would love to go out into the world, and sort of, you know, meet animals where they live and where they are naturally. I think that would be the all time greatest job. That was my hope, you know, even if it was being a wildlife photographer or that, where I could go to the places where animals are. That would be good.
SD: You know, one thing I learned about this business: You say it, and it can happen. You do, you never know who's listening. But the first job, or one of the first times that we became familiar with you, Jorja Fox, was on 'Ellen.' They call that last show, and you'll have to explain something to me, and if it's filthy, don't explain it. Why is that last show refereed to, like on all the websites? As-
JF: As 'The Puppy Episode.'
JF: I wish that I had a great answer to that question, and that's something I've always wanted to personally ask Ellen myself.
SD: Is it something you can say on the radio, do you think?
JF: I, well, I don't even know the answer.
SD: You have no idea.
JF: And I know that it is absolutely a term of endearment. That it's an inside joke, that there's an inside story to why it was called 'The Puppy Episode.' Obviously there's no puppies in that episode. And there's really, I don't think there's any reference to any type of animals at all. But, ah, it's quite possibly, when Ellen was writing the show with the writers, you know, something that came, that was very personal to them, which you know at least that has in common with that episode. It was a show that was extremely personal to Ellen.
SD: I want to talk about CSI for a second. I mean, you are now probably being heard all over the nation, all over America, but I'm from Chicago and there's a Chicago connection: William Petersen's on the show.
JF: Yes, he is.
SD: And he has something in common with you, because you have roots in the theater and so does he, I know.
JF: Yes. Absolutely. William Petersen is maybe one of my all time heroes. And, ah, he is from Chicago, he spent most of his break in Chicago. We've just come off break. So we had six weeks to sort of go away and do whatever we wanted to do.
SD: You know, I've referred to him as, ah, er, others have referred to him as an actor's actor. I don't know quite ever what that means. Maybe you can explain it to me.
JF: *loud laughter* Oh, I think that's very specific right now, because he's producing CSI as well. So he's wearing two hats and, ah, as a producer, um, probably his number one concern, I think, that he looks after, is the actors on the show. And, um, he kind of once said to me that he wouldn't know how to work if it wasn't a collaborative process. Which is something that is extremely common, coming out of theater. If you work, you know, working on plays, two months of rehearsing, it becomes very much this collective of what people want to do. So that's how he works, and it's kind of unique to television, and um, everybody supported that. I think that they knew when they got William Petersen and he would be involved, that that's how the show would go. It's a very, very special thing.
SD: Well, CSI's become a very special thing, a very successful show. Wouldn't be that without you, Jorja Fox, thanks for sharing some time and talking about your best friends with four legs.
JF: *laughs* Thank you so much!
*Theme to CSI: Who Are You?*
SD: Jorja Fox promoting the Pounce Purr-fections, that's a new cat treat, and Jorja was involved in a promotion to benefit the ASPCA. It was a treat talking to Jorja ...
CSI cast out for blood over CSI: NY
The original CSI cast is up in arms over CBS's decision to add a third edition of the franchise to its 2004-05 schedlue. At the Golden Globes, Marg Helgenberger refused to comment on the record about the new show, but castmate Jorja Fox didn't hold back: "When you do something, you're lucky if people are interested in it, and audiences are very fickle. They have very short attention spans. I thick the quickest thing to make something go away is to overdue it. I'm definitely concerned about this. I think it could shorten the length of our show's life. Everybody has talked about this from the very beginning." CBS pres Leslie Moonves told Scarlet Carpet he won't be asking any of the original cast to help launch the new show. Instead, producers will kick off the new show in Miami, with David Caruso then crossing over to CSI: New York to help launch the premiere.
Jorja Fox's new show ''Dear Bernard''
Jorja Fox and Heather Reid are getting nervous, but it's more of that superexcited, can't-wait-for-people-to-see kind of nervous. On Thursday, they're hoping lots of people will see their new show, "Dear Bernard." It's an original musical the duo is presenting courtesy of Honeypot Prods., a grass-roots theater company they launched with a group of friends eight years ago. It's the biggest production yet and the first one to hit a real stage (the previous productions played to backyard audiences at the homes of generous friends, off-limits to agents, managers and attorneys). "We're both a little scared, like will we be able to fill the entire place every night on the weekend for four weeks," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" star Fox says over coffee with Reporter at Large and Reid on Larchmont Avenue. "But there is a reason that it is our biggest show yet, because it's so great and a fun musical that has a lot of heart." Because of Fox's heavy shooting schedule with the hit CBS series, she's not taking a role in "Dear Bernard," only producing along with Reid, John Switzer and Katherine Kendall. Starring duties go to Reid, who wrote the entire thing from dialogue to music, inspired by the experiences of her own mother. It centers on Chelsea Mills, an English import who arrives in New York in 1973 only to become one of the biggest body-part models in the big city. "It is scary taking something like this that we've been working on for a long time and putting it out there," says Reid, who got used to stage life in her other career as rock goddess during her time in the Murmurs and Gush. "We think it's good, but you never know what an audience will think. The cast is great, though, and we got a lot of people to come out on their own and volunteer their time to help get the show off the ground."
Jorja Fox is back to "CSI"
Television's top-rated drama brought Jorja Fox back to its cast Thursday (July 22), the AP reports. George Eads, the other cast member who was dumped late last week in an apparent salary dispute, remained out of a job.
Fox's rehiring ends, at least for her, a well-documented week in which she was booted from the show in an apparent salary dispute. CBS let her and Eads go after the two didn't show up for their first day of work on "CSI's" fifth season.
Eads offered a mea culpa to reporters Wednesday, saying he simply overslept for his first day on set and was told not to come to work when he called to apologize for being tardy. The whole affair was "a big misunderstanding," he says.
Neither CBS nor representatives for the two actors are commenting, but a source tells the AP that Eads' apology could help resolve the dispute and allow him back on the show.
Defending the firings before the Television Critics Association on Sunday, CBS boss Les Moonves said, "There comes a point where we feel a contract is a contract," and Eads and Fox violated theirs by not showing up for work.
Each actor makes a reported $100,000 per episode on "CSI," a drama about Las Vegas forensic investigators that's CBS' top-rated series. Moonves says the network renegotiated their contracts after the show's second season and offered them a raise this year as well.
Axed CSI actors George Eads and Jorja Fox reinstated on the cast
The duo were both dropped by the show's broadcast network CBS last week after failing to show for the first day of filming on the upcoming fifth season. Network chief Leslie Moonves cited an ongoing dispute over pay as the reason for their no-show and subsequent dismissal.
Now both actors claim the whole affair was a "misunderstanding" and expect to be back on the show within days.
"They think it's about money and it's not," Eads told reporters Wednesday. "I overslept. ... I woke up white as a sheet 3 1/2 hours after I was supposed to be on the set."
He added that after calling in to say he was on his way, he was told "don't bother."
Eads said he had apologised for the mistake and was keen to make a comeback. "Let me tell you, I've apologised nine ways to Sunday. It's a big misunderstanding, straight up. I want all this to work out. 'CSI' is a part of who I am."
Fox, meanwhile, had been let go a day before Eads because she had apparently missed a deadline to pledge in writing that the pay issue would not affect her turning up for work. The actor said she was "mystified" by her dismissal as she had sent in the letter in time.
Sources told E! News Live today that CBS had ruled the incident a "misunderstanding," clearing the way for Fox's return.
CBS has yet to comment.
CBS has fired Jorja Fox
Blood is on the floor at "CSI": CBS has fired thesps George Eads and Jorja Fox from the hit Eye drama for breach of contract.
Eye toppers Leslie Moonves and Nancy Tellem, apparently drawing a line in their sand, made the decision after Eads -- looking for a pay hike -- failed to show up to work Thursday, the first day of production on the new season of the skein. Fox reported to duty, but insiders said her reps had been asking for more coin, and the Eye acted after Fox failed to reply to a letter asking her if she had any plans to not show up to work.
Both actors were in the fifth year of seven-year pacts. A search has already begun for new actors to join the show. It's unclear if their parts will be recast or if creators will come up with new characters.
It's not unusual for producers and nets to fire thesps on procedural dramas as part of salary disputes. Dick Wolf, for example, fired the stars of "New York Undercover" after they went public with their salary beefs.
Moonves also played hardball with the supporting cast of "Becker," refusing to meet their salary demands. Thesps ulimately relented.
Jorja Fox is looking for job
CSI stars George Eads and Jorja Fox played hardball and lost during a salary dispute.
CSI has fired two cast members after they didn't show up for work in a salary dispute.
George Eads, who plays Nick Stokes, and Jorja Fox, who plays Sara Sidle, were dismissed by CBS Thursday, the first day of scheduled filming on the show's fifth season. Both had three years left in their current contracts. But as actors often do, they held out for bigger pay increases.
The network, which refused to comment, is said to already have begun casting replacement actors for similar roles. CBS chief Leslie Moonves appears to be setting a hard-line example by refusing to negotiate with actors still under contract, particularly those in supporting roles. Co-star Marg Helgenberger also is angling for more money, and although she called in sick Thursday, she is expected to return. The other actors, including William Petersen, were not affected.
CSI is TV's top drama, averaging nearly 27 million viewers. It is a critical asset to the network, which is preparing to launch a second spinoff, CSI: NY, this fall.
CSI star Jorja Fox celebrates 100th episode of the hit TV show
The newsmagazine also caught up with CSI star Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle) on the red carpet at the show's 100th episode party. Fox, who along with Eads was fired then re-hired from the show earlier this year, said she doesn't "take any single day for granted". "We've been so blessed and so lucky and I hope we keep doing it for a long time." The actress also admitted she was "constantly squeamish" when shooting episodes because "horrible things happen to people and we recreate those scenes and we go to crime scenes and then we go to the morgue and then to the lab, where we chop up pieces of their liver or their heart."