Elisabeth Röhm, who performed A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn for 3 and a part seasons, mentioned she felt her altruistic, now and then a little bit naïve (however nonetheless sharp) persona mirrored her personal values. “In my center there may be this trust that individuals are excellent, no longer that individuals who do dangerous issues don’t seem to be dangerous, however that the spirit of human beings on the whole—that there is hope for us,” the actress instructed the Lengthy Island Weekly in Would possibly. “I feel that Serena had that idealism and I do too.”
The idealism, a minimum of, can have been her undoing, Department disagreeing with Southerlyn’s solution to a case and firing her. To which her memorable answer, out of nowhere, used to be “Is that this as a result of I am a lesbian?” The solution used to be no, however it used to be a head-scratcher as a result of Serena’s private lifestyles had by no means arise. (It ranked twenty fifth on TV Land’s Best 100 Maximum Sudden Moments in TV Historical past.)
Let’s simply say, Röhm’s time on set (“my colleagues had been Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterston, I imply, the ones are actual actors”) sounds extra stress-free than Southerlyn’s time within the DA’s Workplace.
“On my ultimate day of labor, Sam Waterston wrote a speech,” recalled Röhm, whose fresh paintings contains Jane the Virgin and Bombshell. “He mentioned, I got here into Legislation & Order with a ‘blow torch of happiness,’ and I’ve a child-like enthusiasm for lifestyles. I love to have amusing. I love to regard other people kindly. I wish to make an affect. I wish to make a distinction.”
She endured, “And I feel that I do have that child-like enthusiasm and idealism, and trust in humanity. I am by no means shocked when individuals are sort as a result of I do know within us is all this hope and need to conform and to be at liberty. That does not imply that there don’t seem to be legal minds, degradation, melancholy, poverty and violence.”